The South Pass Gold Placers, Western Wyoming
April 2001 by W. Dan HauselIn the 1980s, I spent 5 summers living in a tent in order to map the 450 mi2 South Pass granite-greenstone belt and many of its historic mines. While mapping, I was quite impressed by the general lack of development of lode gold deposits.
He didn’t recognize what he was hearing, of course, but to my ear that bank was full of small gold.
As I started walking down to the river one chilly morning, the mist was hanging over the calm portions of the water like a white cotton blanket. This scene got me to thinking about why the river was like that—the deep pools, boulder fields, gravel bars, the effects of how much water was moving at any given time along the watercourse—and most of all the relationship all these things have on where I will be able to find gold.
When you approach a location, even if you've been there before, you should consider all the factors and conditions present at the site. This includes both natural and man-made factors.
• Should I focus efforts on this particular rock type?
These are just some of the ways I have been able to find new spots to metal detect for gold.
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