Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Drought Conditions in California Mean Good Gold for Those in the Know

In past few days I've been alerted to the fact that numerous media outlets are jumping on the gold band wagon again as it relates to the current drought conditions in California. Although adverse for the majority of California's population (legal, illegal, or otherwise), the Golden State's drought conditions can mean good gold for those in the know.


You don't have to be an Albert Einstein or Leonardo Da Vinci to get the drift here. Any extended lack of rain or snow in the mountains of Northern (or Southern) California has a direct and obvious impact on wet placer stream conditions. In other words, more streambed gravels and bedrock become available for processing, crevicing, and nugget shooting under low or extremely low water conditions. In the end his means increased chances of good gold recoveries for those armed with reasonable small-scale gold prospecting and mining skills.

Under normal run-off conditions, California's rivers tend to run high and fast through the Spring and even until mid-Summer or later, in certain instances. I know this for a fact since I spent the first fourteen years of my mining career sluicing, dredging, and highbanking wet placers during the Summer months and earl Fall. From direct observation and experience I know just how beneficial low water conditions are when it comes to small-scale gold mining and placer gold recovery. This is especially true if your main focus is gold crevicing or "sniping."

So, like it or not, all the media hype in the Golden State about the gold possibilities of the current drought is true, if not somewhat overly dramatized. Those of you currently prospecting or mining in California or contemplating heading there when the time is right have a "golden" opportunity if you know what's what and where to go. I

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