The St. Louis Gold District
February 2009 by Chris RalphA large number of small streams drain the region and nearly every one of those creeks, streams, gulches and other drainages in the area holds some gold. The streams with water offer opportunities to dredgers, panners and snipers.
On Saturday, January 27, 2007, six of us began a trip to Pickering Bar on the North Fork of the American River. It was 7:30 am and we had our engines running to begin the first leg of our two and a half hour trip to get there.
After he excavates the ore down to bedrock, he goes over the bedrock with a metal detector to ensure he didn't leave any gold behind before he backfills the area.
It’s a novel twist on the vending machine: in go the coins, out comes a nugget of gold.
The country we were to visit was Burkina Faso, a small country about the same size of my home state of Nevada with about 10 times more people. The second day I was in Africa, we went out to the goldfields for the first time.
The problem is that extracting gold from hard rock is often a lot more difficult than processing placer gravels. Still, there is some very high-grade ore out there in many old mining areas.
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