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.
It’s a common symptom of gold fever for miners to be very hesitant to let go of gold they’ve found or even have it made into jewelry. I confess, I suffer from the same incurable disease!
All locations gave up some gold, but one particular section of exposed bedrock with steep, packed crevices kept giving us good, consistent results. We had found our spot.
We had been picking away at it, but the going was mightly slow. Why not use some explosives to advance a little quicker?
We just completed a trip to another river, and yes, there was definite movement and redistribution of gravels, and other prospectors have seen this as well.
On our fourth trip, we finally reached the top edge of the old hydraulic pit, and it was monstrous.
With successively lower temperatures as the water mixture cools, new sets of minerals are formed and many of those stable at a higher degree of heat became subject to alteration as the temperature progressively moved lower.
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