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    Apr 2014
    Modesto, CA
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    Interesting Rock Find in Gold Country

    Hows it going everyone..

    I went up to a claim that my buddy from work owns this weekend and made an interesting find. The claim is in a well known gold district in the California motherlode. There is a small creek running through it that is loaded with lode and placer claims.

    My son and I detected up a hillside but didnt do too well plagued by the hot hot ground (Im still new at detecting).

    We finally had enough of the thorns, the bushes, and the death falls and decided to make our way back down, and on our way we found this rock (photo below). I ran the detector across and it screamed like i was swinging over a railroad track. I once came across a couple of guys on the same hill who said they were hunting for jade. I think that the green quartz looking rock is jade. It looks like theres also black sands, quartz and host rock included as well. The rock is very heavy -12.4 lbs.

    I read that in an “undisclosed” area of california that there is jade found with gold in it. Given the heavy weight, I’m hoping theres gold somewhere in there.

    Any experienced eyes have any thoughts as to what it is? I really dont want to crush it in case it is something valuable so I thought That I would reach out for some advice here.
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    Ed Tracy

    Jan 2015
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    Hi SCH, I do see jade but poor quality, about 30miles North of where I took you we have High grade jade, to be sure slice the rock threw a wet saw then crush.
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    steve andermatt

    Apr 2013
    AT GOLD/Garrett /C.Scope cs4PI/Garrett(carrot) pro pointer/ 5x8 double d coil and sniper coil/Lesche digger
    5446 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Mariposite? or Quartz that copper ore has bled into creating the green color or Serpentine mixed in also.
    back of the boat

  4. #4
    Nov 2014
    Folsom, California
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    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    My guess would be heavily mineralized serpentine.
    Serpentine is quite prevalent throughout the MotherLoad, and can and does contain gold as well as copper.


  5. #5
    May 2009
    Sailor Flat, Ca.
    SDC2300, Gold Bug 2 Burlap, fish oil, ACME handbook for TRUE prospectors (unread)
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    Serpentine. it will absolutely set off a detector especially a vlf.

    Jade (good) in Ca. is mainly up NW Ca.

  6. #6

    Dec 2014
    Bodfish and Marin county CA
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    Drywashing , Sluicing , Panning
    If it's serpentine it may have asbestos in it -- keep this in mind if you crush it into fine power.
    Lots serpentine with asbestos in the bay area.
    I have a few good specimens and if I can find them I'll post a pic.
    Cheers Mike
    Stay thirsty my friends



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