Monday, August 3, 2015

The Forgotten Potential of Elluvial Gold (Part 2)

 (This gent knows his stuff...he's searching around and below a "blow out" on an elluvial slope.)

In this, the second post of this series, I'll be addressing some specific aspects of elluvial gold deposits that you should know if you're interested in recovering some (or all?) of the yellow metal they contain. You should know by now that I'll shoot you straight with both the positives and the negatives from an informational standpoint. After all, I'm no dream merchant. But you knew that already, didn't you?

Friday, July 31, 2015

The Forgotten Potential of Elluvial Gold (Part 1)

 (Elluvial gold typically contains matrix material.)

Like most of you out there, I'm a placer gold miner first and foremost. I've done my small share of hard rock or lode prospecting as well, but I've spent the bulk of my small-scale mining career sluicing, dredging, or dry washing the streams and washes of the western and southwestern United States with occasional forays into Old Mexico. All this said, how many of you have ever prospected or mined for elluvial gold or recognize its potential in terms of gold recovery possibilities? Have your interest now do I? Good. Read on then.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Pennsylvania Gold

 (Map of the Keystone State.)

One U.S. state I haven't mentioned in terms of its gold potential is Pennsylvania. Yes you heard right. There's gold in the Keystone State, albeit limited in overall quantity. Still, knowledgeable prospectors and small-scale miners could turn up color in their pans and sluices there and some are probably doing just that as I write this post.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Mining Tips From an Old Timer (Part 9)

(A "small"-scale gold miner with her batea in South America.)

Here's the ninth installment in this series of mining tips from yours truly. Take what works for you and apply it to your own small-scale gold prospecting and mining efforts.You never know what added benefits may come from it down the road a piece.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Bigger Fish to Fry...


 (Very few old timers ever hit it big.)

I've known very few small-scale (i.e., non-commercial) gold prospectors and miners over the course of 35+ years who consistently "made wages." This includes myself. Even during the heyday of gold discoveries and rushes in the American West or Southwest (and Alaska and the Yukon too), only a few intrepid individuals hit it big and became wealthy men despite the fact they were working what was essentially virgin ground. That's a historical fact and not supposition on my part, by the way.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Mining Tips From an Old Timer (Part 8)

(It's all about getting gold into that poke.)

Here's another installment in my old timer's tips series. Who's the old timer, you ask? That would be me. Bit-by-bit I'm passing along my own gold prospecting and mining knowledge gained over the course of three and a half decades as a small-scale miner and guess what? It won't cost you a dime. Quite a deal when you stop and think about it, isn't it?