The Life of an Independent Prospector
July 2012 by Jonathan Porter“JP, is it possible to make a living looking for gold with a metal detector?” I get asked this question a lot...
It was down deeper than I expected for surface trash. It wasn't until I was down six inches that the target screamed from my scoop.
So why would a modern-day prospector want to learn about a method of mining that was banned by the courts more than a century ago?
Fran, and I had made a practice of turning big boulders in gold producing areas to find some great rewards. Sometimes it was slow and frustrating, but in the end “We got the gold!”
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.
I was able to remove the gravels with the assistance of a crowbar and I scooped them up with a garden trowel. This gravel contained over a pennyweight of gold and there were several 2-grain and 3-grain pieces…
You might think that gold prospecting techniques are basically the same everywhere, and in many instances you’d be correct. Some geographical locations, however, due to their unique geological conditions, present unusual challenges...
The Bawl Mill • Gold Depositiion and Gradients of Placer Streams—Part II • Gold in Guyana—Part I: Porknocking on the Puruni River Road • That Something Extra • Prospecting for Copper Ores—Part II • Metallic Trash—Scourge of the Prospector • Gold Mining Boom in the Carolinas • California Suction Dredging Update • Mine, Baby, Mine! • Hecla to Reopen Lucky Friday Mine • Nova Scotia Shows It's Serious About Jobs & Mining • Melman on Gold & Silver • Mining Stock Quotes and Mineral & Metal Prices