Thursday, May 26, 2016

How Things Work

 (Gettysburg.)

It's Memorial Day weekend again here in the United States. A long weekend for American workers and their families. Time to get the camping gear together, fire up the barbecue grill, or head to that favorite beach or fishing hole. Oh, and let's not forget the "Memorial Day" sales hyped every waking minute on the boob tube. Never back off from a chance to to turn an honest buck, right?

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

"The Heavies Drop Out First" (Part 5)


 ("Like I told you dude, it's like wayyyyy heavy.")

We'll keep moving right along here on this heavies issue, just as those same heavies bounce and tumble along the bed of a gold-bearing stream under high water flow. So stick around. You may learn something new.

Friday, May 20, 2016

"The Heavies Drop Out First" (Part 4)


 (Keep an eye out for heavies like these old square-headed nails.)

We've been talking mostly about the nature of heavies and not about how they really "drop out" in a stream or wash. Now it's time to get going on the latter and perhaps clarify a few things along the way.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

"The Heavies Drop Out First" (Part 3)

 (Oh that yellow metal...)

Gotta love those heavies, especially gold. The magical luster of that yellow metal has enthralled me since the first time I saw a crescent of it show up in a gold pan. The other heavies associated with gold may not be as pretty or as valuable, but they can be important signposts to where the good stuff is resting.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

"The Heavies Drop Out First" (Part 2)


 (Gold has an interesting affinity for iron.)

I addressed the basic concept of heavies pretty well in my previous post so I won't beat that dead horse any longer. I will answer a reader question or two and either in this post and in the next I'll talk about how heavies actually drop out in a stream flow, including variances on that theme. So stick around and learn something useful instead of listening to that tinny banjo music playing "Oh Susannah!" on Ma and Pa Kettle's "Git Yerself Sum Gold" website. (I know, I know...I'm bad.)

Sunday, May 8, 2016

"The Heavies Drop Out First" (Part 1)

(Lead fishing weights are one type of "heavy" found in streams.)

We're all familiar with common sayings based on gold mining like "It was just a flash in the pan," "Things didn't pan out," or "Gold is where you find it." In this post I'll be talking about another common saying and it's influence on (and importance to) your small-scale gold mining efforts.