The Madonna Nugget
October 2013 by Joe ChmielIt 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.
Kimberlite is very difficult for geologists to find, let alone prospectors and rock hounds. This is because kimberlite is rarely exposed on the surface and few people know how to identify the rock.
There were nice sections of vein material at the end of several drifts, like they just stopped work one day and walked away.
There were iron stains all over and even a few places where I could see iron trash sticking out of the bedrock. These would be ideal spots to start with as the gold travels with the iron and lead.
I have been detecting the area on and off since I discovered it. Every time I bought a new detector it was the first place I went to.
Doug told me that there had been a 100-year flood that took place in October of 2013 and it washed out part of the mile-long landing strip. It also washed a large, wide gully down below and above the camp.
The mine site consists of river gravels from an ancient channel covering over 20 acres, and the place is covered with very large river rock and small tree overgrowth.
There is always an overwhelming feeling when finding gold of any size, but one like this doesn’t come along very often.
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