Zeballos Gold Camp, British Columbia
June 2004 by Edgar B. Heylmun, PhDThe mining and logging camp of Zeballos (pop. 272) is located on an arm of Esperanza Inlet, on the southwest side of Vancouver Island, British Columbia. Vancouver Island is 301 miles, by road, and reaches elevations as high as 7,249 feet.
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Q: Aside from the softness scratch test and other methods of identification, what feedback would you have on identifying gold in hard rock that may be mixed with other metals that affect its color?
In underground placer work, the contact point of the bedrock tunnel and the gravel is a very weak point and always has to be timbered. The bedrock here is thin, fractured, and the gravels loose from many years of oxidizing.
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After cleaning the bedrock I figured it was time for a little peak at the upper mat. We lifted the black rubber flap up and there was gold everywhere.
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