Prospecting & Detecting
Knowing how to get the greatest depth performance out of your detector can be a handy thing, but it’s not an easy, simple matter.
I’d start the day by crawling out of my dome tent, cooking up some Spam and eggs, and heating water for instant coffee on the Coleman stove.
On my final prospecting day of 2020, I went up to a spot where I had found gold years before and had my best day of the year—four nuggets for nearly one-quarter-ounce of gold.
If the material drops down out of the hopper too fast, it can overwhelm the riffles and you can blow the gold right out. If it runs too slowly, the riffles can clog up and the process is too slow.
The gold in this area can get quite large. Most of the pieces are about half a pennyweight on average.
…whichever layer I’m getting the best gold, I’ll work that stratum. Some of the best gold in the desert is not always on the bedrock.
I metal detected a number of years before I saw my first nugget peeking out from the dirt before I had scraped or dug for it. This one was in the steep sidewall of a narrow, but deep drywash.
Prospectors often wonder why gold deposits in veins like it does. Why is one vein rich while another is barren, even though they are only a few hundred feet apart?
You find yourself with a bucketful of concentrates that you have accumulated over the season and consider the logical next step: to reduce the bucket of cons to a gold bar. Where do you begin?
There are times when being able to recognize a type of rock can make you a much more successful prospector.
He made some casual conversation until he got around to what really brought him into my camper.
Excited for this first notable evidence, I returned to that riverbed, looking for another paystreak and obviously more jade.
What about all that noise coming from the ground? What is a prospector supposed to do about that?
People always ask me what is so important about locating contact zones. The answer to that: Gold.