The Miner’s Switchback
May 2018 by Bilbo Kringle
Common thought is the switchback slows the velocity of the rushing water and gold drops out from the cut bank to a fill gravel bar within or below the switchback. I am not going to disregard that model; however, I hope to improve upon it.
I had never run an impact mill before, but anything involving rocks, water and a big electric motor sounded great.
There is reason to believe these stream valleys are still rich with gold, silver and copper.
We panned out maybe three gold pans of the material and we were shocked at the gold that was there. This rock appeared to be rich.
...most prospectors don't even think about the conductivity of minerals, but there are some that do conduct electricity to a certain degree, so metal detectors will respond to them.
Unfortunately, not all the gold that we prospectors find is pretty, or appealing to the eyes. They are not all nice, bright, shiny nuggets with lots of character that carry high collector value.
Augers can be used effectively for placer exploration with certain limitations.
His findings were not exaggerated—after running 82 buckets of gravels in two days we had a remarkable 27.8 grams of gold!
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