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...
NOI or POO for small backhoe
My plan was to go up the canyon along a ridge and then drop into the canyon whenever I came across a spot that might give me reasonable access.
This concept of detecting does not always work as we sometimes get a week or so where the temperatures rise to 116°—sometimes more.
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?
Without knowing or even thinking about it, I had put together a map that showed me a pattern of the ancient Sacramento River channel. I also had a distinct picture of where the ancient channels of several other creeks and rivers were running.
I got a signal but knew it was small. Still, I was very happy to find something. I continued and got another signal. Yes! A bigger nugget! Then I got another signal.
One of the most memorable nuggets I found in Australia was detected on the very last day that I was out prospecting. I was going along swinging my coil and I came across a blaring loud signal that almost blew my ears off.
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