Using Sucker Guns to Find Gold
November 2013 by Chris Ralph...if you have a good, rich spot, hand-operated systems can produce some decent gold.
A treasure-seeking young man whose name will forever remain anonymous made the months-long journey either over land or by sailing ship to California after word spread about the gold strike in 1849.
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.
Gold trapped in the cracks can be encrusted close to the walls or mixed with sand and pebbles, making the gold difficult to see and then extract. Crevicing requires a lot of patience to achieve positive results.
The zone of influence of each sample must be carefully considered when deciding how far sample sites should be spaced from each other.
Their rewards were far better than they had anticipated, resulting in one of the best clean-ups they had ever seen.
How to go about the entire process of prospecting is a big question. The answer comes down to research and preparation.
There is a major change coming in the economy of the world and now is the time for prospectors and miners to grab a ticket and get on board.
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