Using Structural Clues to Locate Buried Placer Channels
April 2014 by Jim HalloranThey must have assumed the paystreak was spotty and had been mined out, so they never mined as close to the side of the valley as they should have.
Today, the greatest gold rushes occur due to technological advances capable of discovering gold where it once was extremely unlikely or difficult.
While a large number of locations have yielded some placer gold, most of the state’s placer production has come from a few productive districts.
Walking around the gulch and exploring the upper drainage, picking up different rocks and inspecting them with a good loop, and looking them up in a field guide of rocks and minerals of your region will help you understand how the gold got there.
I like to think in terms of “conductive mass” because it is a combination of both the conductivity of the metal and the size of the target that determine how a detector sees conductivity.
How to go about the entire process of prospecting is a big question. The answer comes down to research and preparation.
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I returned to the WSPA claim. Still smug from my previous success, I was thinking I could not fail. However, the gold gods had other plans.
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