Where to Start: Advice for the Beginning Detectorist
October 2019 by Michael Greyshock
Gold can show up in unexpected places at times, so I don’t like to tell people where not to look. An exception is where the gold is likely to be very deep.
Since the cycle of water flow is dominated by excessive and sudden “gulley washers” after downpours typical of desert country, there is a tendency to spread gold values out in the alluvial fans and not have placer gold concentrations more typical of big river deposits.
The El Paso Mountains of California are located in the extreme northwestern portion of the Mojave Desert, between Highways 14 and 395, about twenty miles southwest of China Lake. The area is rich in mining history, not far from the great Randsburg district gold mines that are still producing today.
...I would bet considerably more lode gold and silver remains to be found in this area, and there are possibilities for small placers and nugget shooting.
Anyone prospecting Northern Arizona has likely heard of the famed Lynx Creek placers, found along one of the richest creeks in the state.
A family was awarded the rights to 10 rare gold coins possibly worth $80 million or more...
San Marino, California—"Boys, I believe I have found a gold mine!" With these simple words, an obscure New Jersey carpenter and mechanic named James W. Marshall set in motion a global cascade of events that dramatically shaped the social and economic life of California and the American West.
Our research indicated this whole area had been claimed by Newmont mining company for several years, but when the price of gold dropped they let the claims expire, and we confirmed this with the local BLM office.
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