Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Placer Gold and Bedrock Potholes: Much Ado About Nothing?

(A good example of rounded potholes on water-worn bedrock.)

The question whether bedrock potholes are viable gold producers has about as many answers as there are gold prospectors and miners out there. No, this question isn't earth-shattering in nature, but it's a topic that seems to rear its head again and again in the small-scale mining community. That being the case, I thought I'd give you my take on the subject.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Achieving Your Fullest Mining Potential (Conclusion)

In this post I'll finish up dishing out a few pearls of mining wisdom for your consideration. Remember, these points apply to life in general as well and the way I see it, the more well-rounded you are as a person the more successful you'll be getting that yellow metal. It's a win-win proposition.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Achieving Your Fullest Mining Potential (Part 1)

You know, I try to bring you a different slant to small-scale gold prospecting and mining here at Bedrock Dreams. Notice I said "try." That implies that I don't always succeed in this endeavor but the fact remains I always give it my best shot. This post is a bit out of the norm, but I trust you'll find value in it just the same.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Geological Classification of Gold Deposits (Part 2)

In this series of posts I'm delving into the classification of gold deposits with a bit more depth and an emphasis on their scientific aspects. Again, I'll do my best to define the arcane academic language (25-cent words) used by the PhDs so bear with me here. I'd pay close attention because what I'm presenting is valuable information for all of you small-scale gold miners and prospectors out there.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Geological Classification of Gold Deposits (Part 1)

 (Quartzitic vein in host rock.)

You know, there's both an art and a science to gold prospecting and small-scale mining. In this series of posts I'll be talking a bit more about the science aspect as it relates to gold geology, so be prepared to deal with some arcane academic verbiage that I'll do my best to define and explain for you. I've touched on some of this science before, but not to the degree I'll address it here.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

"There's Gold in Them Thar Hills"

Over the course of my 67 years on earth I've come across collectors of all sorts and I myself have collected uncirculated U.S type coins for over 33 years now (almost as long as I've been gold mining and prospecting). There's something about collectors that's hard to pin down, but one thing is certain...once they sink their collecting teeth into something they rarely let go.