Wyoming's Billion Dollar Nugget—The Trilogy Ends
August 2011 by David C. FreitagOur testing over the past 15 years was to confirm or deny the USGS report completed in 1978. Besides the half acre test dig, we completed many additional test digs by hand and with the backhoe.
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.
While mapping, I also found rock chips in the soil that were characteristic of the same wall rock alteration that occurs adjacent to the known lodes in the greenstone belt.
If Epd is larger, then the compressor will be spinning faster than the manufacturer’s maximum specified RPM and might destroy itself. If this happens, then the compressor again might not produce enough air to support a diver. Neither is a desired outcome.
The small-scale miner has reasonable opportunity to exploit some of these small, rich placer gold deposits.
Carbon, activated charcoal, or “char,” as some old timers refer to it, can be an assayer’s nightmare.
When I started dredging a short distance downstream from that feature I realized that I was into a major paystreak and much of the gold was coming right out of the upper gravel. I could see the chunky pieces falling out of the gravel as they were pulled into...
These days they employ the use of metal detectors and carefully scan the shattered rocks, hoping to hear that sound we detectorists love to hear.
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