Prospecting & Detecting
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.
Selecting the wrong coil can potentially cause you to miss nuggets, so you want to be sure to select the best option for the situation at hand.
…what adjustment can I make to my dredge that will enhance its gold-catching ability?
With the recent surge of interest in gold projects, it’s about time to revisit a subject that strikes fear into the hearts of small-scale miners: Permits.
When he got home that night, he looked at the plotted points of gold and trash he had dug and saw that there was a distinct line where the gold nuggets were being found.
While none of the historical mining camps are active, the area is still a hub of activity for the modern prospector, and claims still blanket the hills and gulches.
After a short time, the tailings pile can get very large, and can actually block the downstream end of the sluice box.