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    Re: Bedrock and Gold: The mysteries . . .

    i used a jewelers silver solder(not seal foss),mapp gas has to big a flame(for me ).but if you have expierience with doing copper tubing silver solder,you would pick up on it easy.it is close to the same.except on a smaller scale.
    no matter where you go,there you are!

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    Re: Bedrock and Gold: The mysteries . . .

    Extractor, You are welcome & thank you. It is a pleasure to share with others & to read what others have to offer. It is what makes the forums go around.
    I went back to my little creek last weekend but only got a bit of colour & no specimen pieces that time. So nothing to report or show. I was going to go further up the Coromandel Peninsular for this weekend with my 4" dredge. But as a side line to my building trade I make & sell sluice box's & crevice suckers & I have got behind in production to fill orders. So have made up a batch over this weekend. Bugger.....the weather has been great so the creeks will be low.....& closer to the gold
    Jim....I am wrapping yours up & sending it off monday before I on sell it....... again!!!!!! Sorry about that.

    Happy Hunting

    JW

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    Re: Bedrock and Gold: The mysteries . . .

    Extractor, thanks for those kind words.

    JW, a PM sent tonight.

    Thanks fellas...Jim.
    Time, oh good, good time...where did you go?

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    Re: Bedrock and Gold: The mysteries . . .

    Quote Originally Posted by Lanny
    My apologies, Iíve certainly gotten off track again.
    I have to say I've learned more from your meanderings than from the "Just the facts" of many others. Go as far astray as you want!

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    Re: Nice Canadian Gold Nuggets

    Quote Originally Posted by Lanny in AB
    Here's a shot of some nice Canadian gold nuggets I found with the SD2100.

    All the best,

    Lanny in AB
    Great post Lanny!! For some reason, there's no link for this shot. Ah, no matter, the pic above (vials) gave me some dream food for tonight. I'll probably wake up tired tomorrow from dredging all night.

    Most of my dredging in the Merced river has been in slate, on edge.

    In reference to the nuggets IN the bedrock, I found a small nugget wedged in a fine crack, in about 7 ft. of water. I took my pick, (screwdriver,) and worried it for a few minutes and couldn't even move it, much less get it out. So, I came out, walked back to my camp and got a chisel and a single jack. I started working the crack beside the little nugget. Imagine my surprise when the single jack hit the chisel and the chisel was knocked out of my hand dropped about 6" into what was now a crevass about 7" or 8" long and maybe 7" deep. (Along with a piece of the slate and the little nugget. Fortunately, the sun was directly overhead and I could see the nugget, chisel and 5 or 6 other nuggets at the bottom.

    Another trip back to the camp for a spring loaded "mechanics finger" and a magnet with telescoping handle. But it was worth it. Almost half oz in nuggets.

    Through studying about rock formations, I found that there can be a crevass in bedrock, gold falls in, then, the next spring runoff, boulders roll over it, causing the sheets of slate to separate minutely, (or swell if you prefer,) closing a decent crevass, leaving the crevass "proper" totally closed at the top, but still a crevass just a few inches down, with any gold in it still trapped at the bottom.

    If it had not been for that one little piece of gold pointing the way, chances are I would never found out about this little quirk of bedrock.

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    Re: Bedrock and Gold: The mysteries . . .

    Well done EagleDown. Bet that brought a smile to your dial.

    Happy Hunting

    JW

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    Re: Bedrock and Gold: The mysteries . . .

    Shake n Flake--you know--that's one of the nicest things about my prospecting musings I've heard in a long time. Thanks a bunch--I hope it helps you find some nice, sassy gold!

    All the best,

    Lanny
    Nothin' quite as fun as chasin' nugget gold! http://www.treasurenet.com/forums/me...mysteries.html

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    Re: Bedrock and Gold: The mysteries . . .

    Hi there EagleDown(E.D.)--Thanks for your comments. By the way--I loved your story--it's amazing where gold will trap itself. Good work getting it out and then finding those bonus nuggets. I appreciate you posting your story on this thread--the more gold-getting info. that can be attached to this thread, the better. There have been some very helpful visitors recently, and I appreciate all of the input and feedback from all contributors.

    I'm heading to the mine this weekend--have to figure out my dredge strategy for this summer.

    Thanks again E.D., and all the best,

    Lanny
    Nothin' quite as fun as chasin' nugget gold! http://www.treasurenet.com/forums/me...mysteries.html

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    Re: Bedrock and Gold: The mysteries . . .

    Thanks Lanny and Kiwi for the comments.

    I just returned from a weeks vacation in Northern Nevada. God's country for sure, as is Canada, etc I'm sure. I have another little experience to relate. This happened on the Merced river in about 1962.

    I was dredging just a few feet up river from the mouth of the North Fork, in about 4 ft. of water. I wasn't finding much with my new Keene 4" surface dredge, so I drifted over a little closer to the bank. Now keep in mind that back then, I was young, dumb and of course, I didn't need anyone telling me how or where to dredge. I sure wish I had been around to tell the young me what to do.

    Anyway, there were several isolated boulders scattered about with grass growing from the sand and gravel around them. Of course, I wasn't concerned about rolling the boulders out of the way and dredging up the sand and gravel. I wanted to work the easy stuff. So, I started dredging in an open area and worked toward the riverbank.

    Hey, this was great, there was only about a foot of overburden.

    Then, I uncovered a vein of quartz about 4, maybe 5" wide. Right away, I saw a small "matchhead" size nugget go into my suction nozzle. As I uncovered more of the quartz, I found 8 or 10 more of the small nuggets. Funny thing was, only a couple of them were sucked off of the quartz.

    I had to take my pick, (a thin bladed screwdriver,) and "pop" them loose before the suction would pick them up. I cleaned all of the exposed quartz and figured that was all there was. Wow, was I really all that dumb when I was a kid??

    5 or 6 years later, I was telling a friend about this wonderful experience and he, (having a Masters in Geology,) started laughing. Of course I was expecting oohs, and ahhs, but not humor. I asked him what was so funny and he replied, "Man, you don't even realize what you had there do you"? "Uuh, some gold stuck to the quartz"?

    "No", he said, "More than that"!! "What you had was some very rich, gold bearing quartz. The reason the little nuggets were "stuck to it" was that they were coming OUT OF THE QUARTZ, through little capillaries". "The gold is squeezed out by pressure and as it hits the surface, rocks and boulders pound the little tendrals down into nuggets, but, they're still part of, (and stuck to) the main vein of gold".

    I don't know if this will help anyone in the future, but I felt that this was an experience worth sharing.

    EagleDown

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    Re: Bedrock and Gold: The mysteries . . .

    Hi there Eagledown. BEST YOU GO BACK & CHECK IT OUT. You never know, maybe no one else has come across it once it got covered up again. What are the chances?



    JW

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    Re: Bedrock and Gold: The mysteries . . .

    Well JW--you and I simul-posted. Get this:

    E.D.:

    Wow--now that is a great story. You had yourself the start of a little hard-rock mine right there at your fingertips. What an incredible shot of luck. If you still remember where it is, maybe you should file a hard-rock claim and see if it pinches out, or see if it widens into a major ore body.

    I too remember my early days of dredging--I had read all kinds of books and didn't need anyone telling me what to do either. Because of that, I spent years missing some great gold that an experienced dredger had told me about many years earlier. I finally decided to do exactly what he'd told me to do all of those years ago (I tried it last summer), and guess what? Yup--some incredible gold right where he said I'd find it, but it seemed like it was far too easy.

    Well, it was far easier than a lot of other heavy work I'd done dredging, and it produced more gold. Go figure. Now I listen far more than I talk. You know--two ears, one mouth--listen twice as much as you speak--that kind of thing. I realized last summer that I still have [b]much[b] more to learn.

    Great story--thanks for posting, and if you've got any more--fire away!

    All the best,

    Lanny
    Nothin' quite as fun as chasin' nugget gold! http://www.treasurenet.com/forums/me...mysteries.html

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    Re: Bedrock and Gold: The mysteries . . .

    Quote Originally Posted by kiwi jw
    Hi there Eagledown. BEST YOU GO BACK & CHECK IT OUT. You never know, maybe no one else has come across it once it got covered up again. What are the chances?



    JW
    Hi Kiwi, Thanks for the suggestion, but at my age, I think it would be a little more than I would want to tackle.

    The main problem, as I see it, is that the vein of quartz is in about 3 to 4 feet of water, in the river proper. And unfortunately, California has a "moritorium" on dredging and that would be the only way to find the start of the quartz/gold vein. (Or at least the part that I uncovered.)

    Plus, they put in a dam down-river to form lake McClure. I would be willing to escort anyone interested to where I found the vein and let them do whatever they liked with it. I believe that it could be intersected by digging above the waterline. If so, it would be a "strike" that would really make the news.

    Interestingly enough, this is in an area that was noted for its high-grade mines. Or, as we use to call it, "Picture Gold". It's also almost directly across the river from a "Lost Treasure" that I posted in the Treasure Legends - California forum in the thread: The Many Lost Treasures of Mariposa, CA.

    I'd like everyone to understand that it occurred to me that I'm not getting any younger, so I thought that I'd share some of my years of accumulated knowledge before it's lost forever. I'm not really interested in fame or fortune, I gave that dream up years ago. I would just like to let people know that there are many "lost treasures", all over the world. Most of them had only one person that had knowledge of them, and that person is probably long gone from this earthly existance.
    I mean; I personally know of about 2 dozen that I have had personal experience of, and I'm only one person.

    Can you imagine getting a 1,000 people together and having each of them tell you about their little lost treasures, both large and small?? A life time wouldn't be long enough to search for all of them!! I remember that at the age of about 12 years, my foster brother and I buried a pint jar with several dollars in change in it.

    We were better pirates than cartographers because we never found that jar again.

    Hey Lanny,

    I have a little more knowledge left to share. So, rest assured, I'll be back in to share it.

    ED

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    Re: Bedrock and Gold: The mysteries . . .

    Hi Eagledown, A great post & thanks for sharing. I sort of thought that you wouldnt be a spring chicken & it is very kind of you to share your location. I am sure there will be many that will go look now that you have planted the seed.
    There is certainly "Something In The Hills If You Are Willing To Look"

    Take care

    regards

    JW

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    Re: Bedrock and Gold: The mysteries . . .

    Dear group;
    Here is something else that a person may see from time to time. When you are working bedrock, make sure that it's actually the real bedrock that you are working and not a *false* bedrock which is covering the true bedrock. Many times soils and sands may cover the actual bedrock and over time, along with immense pressures, form a sort of protective layer or *cap* over the bedrock. This type of covering material is generally a light sandstone sort of rock and is fairly easily removed with some diligent chipping and scraping. Also, be aware that the same sandstone may cover or actually *seal* the cracks in the true bedrock, thus making recovery of minerals more difficult.
    Your friend;
    LAMAR

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    Re: Bedrock and Gold: The mysteries . . .

    Quote Originally Posted by kiwi jw
    Hi Eagledown, A great post & thanks for sharing. I sort of thought that you wouldnt be a spring chicken & it is very kind of you to share your location. I am sure there will be many that will go look now that you have planted the seed.
    There is certainly "Something In The Hills If You Are Willing To Look"

    Take care

    regards

    JW
    Spring chicken Hey, I'm not even sure that I qualify for a "Fall chicken".
    I don't even crow anymore, now I just sit on the fence and try to teach the "spring chickens" how to do it right (Sometimes they even listen.)

 

 
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