Monday, September 26, 2016

John Elliott's Solar-Powered Suction Dredge (What is and What Isn't, Part 2)

 (Terrain in the Tusas.)

Sorry, but I really had to shift gears about the paystreak issue that was meant to be the heart of this series of posts. Why? Because yesterday I saw an amazing little invention. A solar-powered suction dredge! Yes, you heard right.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

What is and What Isn't (Part 1)

 (It's a beautiful spot.)

On a recent wet placer prospecting foray to the Tusas Mineralized Region here in Northern New Mexico I came across an interesting and intriguing aspect of paystreaks that I thought I'd pass along to you. Like I always say, Ma Nature can do some pretty strange things with gold. But the paystreak thing is only a superficial lesson I want to pass on to you, as you'll soon see.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

The Good Old Days Are Over

A recent comment by Bedrock Dreams reader and small-scale miner "Ol' Man" Jensen has set me to musing and thinking back to the good old days when I was working northern California's Ramshorn Creek and the North Yuba River, both excellent gold-getting spots. Times change I guess and what once was is no longer.

Monday, September 19, 2016

More on "Do My Rocks Contain Gold?"

 (Quartz rock showing mica [one form of "fool's" gold] and little other mineralization.)

Well by gosh and by golly the e-mails keep rolling in. It seems I've become the I.D. King when it comes to the "gold" in those loose rocks and stones many of you are finding. Here's the thing that many of you need to realize though. (Read on to find out what that "thing" is.)

Friday, September 16, 2016

It's a Crazy Thing

 (These grasslands near Hughenden, Australia [minus the distant heights) remind me of the Victoria goldfield areas I mention in this post.)

Some gold-bearing zones or areas don't always display the visual clues we're used to seeing out in the field. I'm reminded here of the Cripple Creek gold strike in the U.S. state of Colorado in the late 1800s as well parts of Australia, with certain locations in Victoria Province coming to mind. Additionally, some gold-rich areas of Mongolia might fool the uninitiated who are used to certain visual signposts when it comes to gold. I'm sure there are many other such gold-bearing locations scattered throughout the world.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Gold Mining Tough Love Times 12

Most of the time here in Bedrock Dreams I pass on information on what you should do when it comes to small-scale gold mining and prospecting. In this post I'll be listing what you DON'T want to do. It's tough love time folks but I know that most of you are up to the task at hand, despite the fact you may have heard all this before.