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    Iron and rust period.... .! coming out of a gravel bank or hillside. In layers in stream gravel it is oxidized ferrous sands. Nails and pick tips sittin' in a bed rock crack those things like to hang out with nuggets or vice versa. Looking for it constantlyAny changes in color and oxidization are great indicators for potentially valuable minerals and precious metals.
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    Look at the Historical Gold Mining photo albums on my page

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    Watch out for bears when out there

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    "Gold is where you find it." An ancient proverb. *nods sage like*
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    Everyone Believes they have gold buried in the back yard... small wonder so few ever look for it.

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    FOR EVERYONE, experienced and non-experienced, What do you know about gold?
    It's very heavy.
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    Ive found that if you find a aet of rapids directy after it or in parts of it theres a waterfall effect where gold settles
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    I have also seen people use those corrugated drainage tunnels that run under roads as a natural sluice. Apparently, dust and nuggets collect in the ridges as water flows through them.
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    Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
    The hand that mocked them, and the heart that fed:
    And on the pedestal these words appear:
    ‘My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:
    Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!'
    Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
    Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare
    The lone and level sands stretch far away.”

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    Quote Originally Posted by PatrickD View Post
    I have also seen people use those corrugated drainage tunnels that run under roads as a natural sluice. Apparently, dust and nuggets collect in the ridges as water flows through them.
    if your lucky enough to find an old school one in a rich area...they are actually engineered to not hold on to material, better oof looking below the entrance and at the exit!........that ones been going around for too long......also you can not use balloons tied to fishing weights to try and find spots where gold settles out. The power and force of flooding is amazing. I recently found a Hand built scrub box I made several years ago....a bent oil drip pan that I used as a mud/scrub box for a long tom. I had stashed it in the blackberries at one of my spots....flood got it two years ago....I was relieving myself the other day while sniping and I found the dang thing....smashed folded ant beat up.....like SEVEN miles downstream, as the crow flies....even more in actual waterway miles....amazing coincidence and distance!

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    Trying not to sound like the noob I am but... What's a scrub box?
    Last edited by Duckwalk; May 24, 2014 at 12:50 PM.
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    Some call it a puddling box - to break up clay etc. by hand method.

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    Classify, classify, classify.. the whole process of finding gold is to separate out everything that isn't gold.. panning is the final process of classifying.. save yourself a lot of work, get rid of the junk before it goes in your pan.. if you are expecting to find a 2 ounce nugget then look for it in your classifying screen..... and the chance of that is just about the same odds as buying a mega lotto ticket... but it sure is fun to look.. classify, classify, classify....

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    here's an African version:
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    A simplified explanation; placer gold is a secondary deposit. Gold originally was deposited by hydrothermal (volcanic) solutions in what are known as lode deposits. Erosion occurs washing the lode gold into streams and rivers making a placer deposit.
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    I've learned that as random as a waterway seems there is actually method to the madness.
    Flat glass and steel/iron will usually form a straight line. Mark each piece and you will usually see your pay steaks or pretty close.
    I've learned gold will only be found if and when it wants to.
    Ive also learned that gold prospecting is the hardest work I've ever loved doing.
    I've learned that asking for advise and giving when possible is good for the soul.
    Mostly I've learned that I'll forever be a student of nature.
    Last edited by Sick4gold; May 24, 2014 at 08:56 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sick4gold View Post
    I've learned that as random as a waterway seems there is actually method to the madness. Flat glass and steel/iron will usually form a straight line. Mark each piece and you will usually see your pay steaks or pretty close. Ive also learned that prospecting is the hardest work I've ever loved doing. I've learned that asking for advise and giving when possible is good for the soul. Mostly I've learned that I'll forever be a student of nature.
    Well said indeed, agreed!

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    Yep, what fullpan said. It was the first box that we dumped everything into .With a few slat riffles to catch large gold and help hold clay and mud long enough to wash and break down. That hit an under current feeding a pipe into a sluice running in the stream. Sort of a modern day long-tom gravity fed wash plant. We were getting great flood gold that was fairly evenly distributed. Running several yards a day paid two guys pretty well. Out of work. Dredged for two months after the ban we got sketched out. Yet ,had the desire to run lots of gravel. You gotta do what you gotta do

 

 
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