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July 2014 by Fred MasonEvery year there are large nuggets found by the diligent, and occasionally by the lucky newbie.
They 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.
...we will continue our examination of the rich streams and mining districts, and then take a look at some of the big nuggets that have been found here.
I would first like to mention that I am not a geologist. I have, however, spent the last 8 years intently searching for gold nuggets with a metal detector. I have found gold in numerous locations, and in several different types of gold deposits.
The burning question I needed answered was why didn’t the deposit ever get mined of at least one of the valuable minerals? A couple of reasons have come to light.
The very first thing to find out...is if the detector has the ability to be ground balanced.
Every time we prospected here we found gold, sometimes some really coarse flakes, but no large nuggets (yet).
Potholes in bedrock can trap placer minerals and even be glory holes. They are, at least, interesting geologic phenomena, and at best, a treasure trove of gold nuggets.
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