The Art of Underwater Nugget Shooting
February 2016 by Michael MatusThere is a surprising amount of detectable gold under the water’s surface. The right tools make it much easier to find, and with a little patience and practice you can take advantage of this underappreciated bonanza.
We split up in order to cover a larger area and found good color almost everywhere. The bedrock was shallow on both sides of the river, but the inside bend was where we concentrated our prospecting.
Looking around, I could tell that this was an old hand-digging. As I walked around the perimeter of the digging I could see shovel and pick marks scratched on the clean, hard clay and bedrock.
Your odds of going home with gold will be higher using the discrimination mode, even if you might have misread one of the targets you rejected.
The gold was very chunky and much of it had quartz attached. Even back then I knew that the gold was very close to its source.
Prospectors often wonder why gold deposits in veins like it does. Why is one vein rich while another is barren, even though they are only a few hundred feet apart?
Sampling other people's stockpiles or dumps has some inherent risks that sampling undisturbed ground does not have.
The 316 Mining Company has not been all that successful, but does not ever seem to learn from their past mistakes.
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Gold in Quartz