Something to Consider When You Go Dredging
August 2002 by Dave VarabioffI have been a gold dredger for 9 years. The first dredge I bought was a 4-inch, with a 5hp engine. It had 15 feet of suction hose, a beat up regulator, a patched air reservoir, and floats that were sun baked and cracked—what a beauty. Vaughn and Darrel sold me this dredge, and could tell that this crazy “Canuck” was excited. We talked for many hours that first day I met them, and I was eager to learn...
The last US uranium mill ever built, in this parched landscape near Lake Powell, shut down quickly after it started operating as nuclear power fell into disfavor about two decades ago.
These gritty clay lines were only a quarter of an inch up to three inches wide. Once the line had been laid out, they would look at the wall of gritty clay material and seek more indicators.
Would you explain the difference between a Geiger counter and a scintillator and how they operate in uranium prospecting?
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Any detector specifically designed to respond to small gold will do. The best ones are the lightest ones with the smallest coils.
I believe dry washing is an underappreciated prospecting method. There are plenty of places where there is some pretty decent gold to be had, but the spot is a long way from any water and dry processing may well be the best way to go.
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