The Search for Specimen (Pocket) Gold in the California Mother Lode
October 1999 by Dwight Juras, PhDAny good miner can drift along a vein to find concentrations of gold if it is there, using good eyes and panning.
Most gold guidebooks just give a brief description of the geology of placers and focus more on the equipment and techniques used to recover placer gold or to metal detect for gold. This article hopes to stimulate your interest in a different direction.
For those who have the courage and resources to challenge the environmental opposition, I’d like to bring to their attention a potential new mining district in Montana that was suggested by an exploration project of The Bunker Hill Company about 30 years ago. I have no financial interest in the property or its future but feel the story should be told so that future generations might benefit from the mineral potential.
The use of dowsing methods to locate underground minerals and materials has been a rather delicate subject for some time. A certain stigma has been automatically attached to both the methods employed and the persons who use these techniques.
The considerable richness of the gravels is shown by the fact that operators have successfully worked the same river sections for over 20 years.
Q: Can you suggest some family and dog friendly vacation spots in California where I can also do some sniping?
Gold prices won't be on the rebound anytime soon, so World Gold Council Chairman John Willson is telling miners they have to eke by with the current depressed value of the metal.
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