The Art of Finding Coarse Gold Part I—The Geology of Coarse Gold Formation
December 2004 by Chris RalphRecovering large, coarse gold nuggets is a very exciting experience, and the quest for
large gold is often the “holy grail” of the independent prospector, no matter which type of equipment is used. Hefty, good-sized gold nuggets are...
The more experienced prospectors know these lesser known spots are the types of places where big finds are still made.
We spent more time that first day moving rocks than we did sending material over the sluices. Even so, our cleanup was quite respectable for having only moved down to a depth of a couple feet.
Many of the Sixteen to One’s challenges arise from its unusual geology and the pocket characteristics of the ore deposits.
Utah is not known for gold, but a significant amount has been produced. Over 12 million ounces of lode and placer gold have been produced from Bingham Canyon alone. However, placer production, per se, has been miniscule compared to other western states, although a lot of dry placers may remain undiscovered.
We found a fairly large boulder nestled in the shoreline close to the campsite within a well-known gold drop zone. I thought that it possibly was laying on bedrock, and could very likely hide some gold. We were going to move it and have a look.
Several locations in the Mojave Desert region of California have yielded placer gold, apparently scattered from nearby lode deposits that have long-since eroded from existence. Some of the areas are still popular with weekend prospectors, and some have been worked on a much larger scale in recent years.
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