Saturday, August 27, 2016

Checking it at the Door




I'm going to take a short break in my flood layers series and hit you with another step (mini-chapter) from the book I'm writing. Due to copyright issues I've been forced to change its tile to "Guided Steps: Simple Strategies for Improving Your Personal and Professional Life." I'm about three quarters of the way in completing the book at present. As always, I'm interested in hearing your thoughts on these steps, so feel free to to tell me what you think.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

All About Flood Layers (Part 3)


It's time to move along again. The overall purpose of this series of posts is to make a firm connection in your mind about the importance of flood layers as a carrier and/or resting place for placer gold. Additionally, I'll be laying out a few tips for you in terms of what you should be looking for and how to sample flood layers. Once again, I remind you to pay attention to any text in italics.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

All About Flood Layers (Part 2)


 (Desert flash flood in its infancy.)

I've been caught up in other responsibilities this week, including getting ready for retirement (finally!) and the usual day-to day stuff so I've been remiss in getting timely posts out to you. Never fear, however, because I'm back with more on flood layers. Once again, I bring your attention to my use of italics in this series...there is important emphasis in that usage...just so's you know.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

All About Flood Layers (Part 1)

 (Looks can be deceiving...the relatively mild appearance of this desert flooding masks deceptive power...a new flood-borne deposition layer is being created before your eyes.)

In this series of posts I'll be talking primarily about desert or dry placer flood layers, how they're formed and how to recognize them, and where placer gold tends to be deposited within them. Some of the information I'll supply you will be relevant to wet placers as well, so read on if you're interested in learning more. Be advised, however, that I'll be laying down a lot of detailed information on flood layers from both the geological as well as the mining standpoint. The reason my main focus is on dry or desert gold placers in this post is due to the fact that flood layers and flood-borne gold pockets/paystreaks are, to a great extent, easier to identify and locate in dry contexts than in wet. Still, you'd do well to remember that the basic principles remain the same for both. I'll talk more about these similarities and the differences later on. With these things in mind, let's continue.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

A Postscript to "How Things Work"


Some of you may remember a post I wrote right before Memorial Day titled "How Things Work."  In order to get the full gist of this post, I recommend you read it before continuing on. This will serve to refresh your memory because I have a few things to say as a postscript. No, this doesn't have to do with gold mining, but it needs to be said just the same.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

"An Educated and Proactive Approach"

 (Ken Graham with his "Blue Bowl" concentrator.)

Hard on the heels of my previous post I received an e-mail from a small-scale gold miner and small business owner in California named Ken Graham. I found what Ken had to say very interesting as he presents an alternate strategy for dealing with the ever-increasing restrictive regulations thrown at us these days from a mining standpoint. So read on and hear what Ken has to say as well as my take on the subject.