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    Detecting near surface black sand...

    Greetings.

    I found an area on a slope that has an exposed area at top and black sand flowing downhill. It is an arid region. There are creeks near or on the mountain. The rocks and gravel get steadily larger away from the flow of blacksand. The area is "fan-shaped"; narrow at a smaller indendation with blacksand emptying in to a wider region also on the slope. It looks similar to one of those foldable asian fans.... i.e. imagine the shape of a black handle and then progressing in color from brown, to grey, and then white furthest from the start if the blacksand. Any suggestions? It is uphill from abandonded placer mines.

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    Picture

    Picture of area.
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    What do you want to know?

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    Should I stake this claim?

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    Have you sampled it? Is there gold there? Sample - sample - Sample! We can't tell you.

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    It is in a placer district. I will be there in a couple weeks. It looks like its in a good area. I would likely say it is "near" gold.

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    A few questions. Have you sampled? Is there gold there sufficient to turn a profit?

    What is the land status? Private? Public?

    If private, have you contacted the landowner?

    If public, which Federal, State, County, or City agency is the owner or manager of this land? How have you determined that it is open to mineral claim?

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    Sample in two weeks. It is BLM public land. I could claim it. It just looks interesting in an region filled with placers. The BLM sent maps. The local office us viewing the picture. If there is gold....I will go from there. The visual aspects compared to the area have me intrigued as to what might be flowing down from the rust colored mound after the black area.

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    Sounds like you are a greenhorn. If you don't know what you are doing you are ripe pickings for for "Claim Dealers" and scallywags. Be smart. Sample the area heavily, and don't "buy" a claim.

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    I am not buying....staking. I am a beginner. I am also a Lieutenant General and a PhD.

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    Does six years in a sleeping bag in the mountains Northern California make me a tourist? LOL.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jza01701 View Post
    Does six years in a sleeping bag in the mountains Northern California make me a tourist? LOL.
    It doesn't make you a tourist but it doesn't keep you from being taken advantage of by a slick salesman with local knowledge.
    It is probably a good idea to just say thanks to those that offered you some assistance when you asked instead of telling them how smart you are.

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    Massachusetts: Jon

    We have tourists here too.
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    Thank you. I am multilingual. It gets lost in "translation".

 

 
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