Swing and a Miss
July 2014 by Chris RalphA very good baseball hitter might get a hit roughly one time out of every three at-bats, but for prospectors often the results are much sparser and it may take many trips before the prospector hits a home run.
Some gems can potentially poison you, make you sterile and even make you forget who you are.
The one undeniable truth in prospecting is that the more time you spend in the field, the more gold you will find. Here are a few keys I use to help build my confidence.
One prime example is an area that I have talked about in many of my articles. This is a very large area and I will actually describe its location again.
We panned out maybe three gold pans of the material and we were shocked at the gold that was there. This rock appeared to be rich.
Gold can potentially be found in all the glaciated areas of the Midwest, but to find it in any appreciable amount one needs to look to areas where the gold gets concentrated by more recent water flows.
The first pieces found were in a spot that most gold hunters would not even detect, right in the middle of a downslope meadow.
The biggest obstacle is that like many streams on the Kenai Peninsula, high water during the summer months from snow melt and rain can make dredging nearly impossible. The best dredging is in the colder months of the year.
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