This is Why You Check Your Tailings
September 2014 by Scott HarnThe nugget was cast aside with larger rocks during the screening process, but it was found later by an employee...
It 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.
"Suh-wheet!" I exclaimed as I sprang to my feet and quickly pumped my detector coil high overhead to alert Smokey that I had just found a nugget.
A very good baseball hitter might get a hit roughly one time out of every three at-bats, but for prospectors often the results are much sparser and it may take many trips before the prospector hits a home run.
This concept of detecting does not always work as we sometimes get a week or so where the temperatures rise to 116°—sometimes more.
Doug told me that there had been a 100-year flood that took place in October of 2013 and it washed out part of the mile-long landing strip. It also washed a large, wide gully down below and above the camp.
The nugget was cast aside with larger rocks during the screening process, but it was found later by an employee...
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