Prospecting & Detecting
The Joys of Desert Prospecting
December 2021 by Dan Stanton
…since many miners have wandered these hills over the years, you have to sometimes be a little more creative and unconventional in your methods to hopefully find new deposits.
Greenhorn Finds Gold in Colorado
Using a snuffer bottle to pick it out of the pan, he continued his panning efforts. He continued to find more yellowish stuff, but it wasn’t shiny like he thought gold should look.
A Golden Summer
His take of gold was pretty close to what mine was—about a quarter of an ounce. We had just gleaned about half an ounce of gold in just twenty minutes.
Bedrock Nugget Hunting: Tools of the Trade
As a guide to those who are thinking of taking up this activity or those who currently practice this trade, I have created a listing of the primary tools and equipment I use when nugget hunting.
All About Quartz—Part II
In our May 2013 issue, we took a look at the mineral quartz, a mineral very commonly associated with gold. However, gold is not the only reason prospectors are interested in quartz. Quartz can also be very valuable as a gemstone
Tips for Cleaning Gold Nuggets
I pulled out the nuggets I had worked on previously and looked at the size of the wire basket that the items to be cleaned are placed into. It looks much like a miniature french fry deep fryer.
A Short But Productive Hunt
The prospects I found are known to carry heavy chunks of gold, sometimes in quartz, ironstone, or many times a rusty-looking type of shale covering.
Crystallized Gold Mines of California
Gold specimens that include visible crystal formations are among the rarest, most attractive and most valuable forms of gold to be found.
The Bawl Mill • Ask The Experts - Will a rare earth magnet work for finding gold deposits? • Ask The Experts - Any at home tests for platinum/palladium? • Ask The Experts - Should I use headphones or go without? • Residual Placers: An Often Overlooked Gold Source • USFS OKs Exploratory Drilling in Eastern Idaho • Gold Basin & Mass Wasting • How Far To The Gold? • Gold Prospecting for Better or Worse: Warm Buttocks and Frozen Assets • Melman on Gold & Silver • Mining Stock Quotes and Mineral & Metal Prices
Legislative and Regulatory Update • A Short History of Hydraulic Mining in California • An Early Christmas Gift • PLP Update