The Gold of Plumas de Oro
March 2011 by Tom LeftwichTheir rewards were far better than they had anticipated, resulting in one of the best clean-ups they had ever seen.
Our theory was that a dredge would collect far more material in a shorter period of time, leaving us with ounces of gold every day.
Digging in the right spots will produce excellent results, like this group of nuggets taken by the author while metal detecting during the last few months. The biggest nugget is over an ounce.
Of course, I know a bit about crevicing, but Steve seems to really have a knack for it, and I’m all about continual learning. I can always learn a few tricks from the pros.
We soon found that our discovery post and other claim markers were gone and replaced with new posts and a notice of location with an earlier date than had been on our notice of location.
What I saw was a beach area that was just completely covered in black sand. Rubbing my hands close together like a kid in a candy store, I could not wait to get set up.
...if you have a good, rich spot, hand-operated systems can produce some decent gold.
What I hope to do here is to give you some information that will help you, the reader, pick out locations that will be better for you to detect and give you a possibility of finding gold.
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