Why Assaying Placer Gold Deposits Doesn't Work
October 2020 by Keith Bowen
Let’s set up a thought experiment: Suppose you had some material that ran one ounce per ton gold, which is generally considered high grade to fantastic grade depending on the circumstances.
Some creeks have nuggets, while others, particulary the rivers, nothing but fine gold.
We had been picking away at it, but the going was mightly slow. Why not use some explosives to advance a little quicker?
Don’t hunker down and just keep digging in one spot where there is very little or no gold—if you don’t find it, you’ve got to get up and move on!
“JP, is it possible to make a living looking for gold with a metal detector?” I get asked this question a lot...
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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.
Not all of these slides and debris flows will produce results, but if you search for these while prospecting in your gold producing areas, then you can increase your odds of finding new gold.
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