How would you like to work gold-bearing mountain streams where few, if any, people go all the while surrounded by lush natural beauty? Oh, did I mention those gold-bearing streams contain mostly coarse gold and nuggets, including some as large as nearly three or four troy ounces? Do I have your interest now? Then read on.
Eduardo Herbert is a small-scale gold miner and dredger from the Dominican Republic (D.R.) who has enjoyed great success working gold-bearing streams in the mountainous areas of his native country. You'll see photographic and video evidence of Eduardo's success sprinkled throughout this post and once viewed, I think you'll agree with me that the D.R. has fantastic gold-recovery potential for small-scale miners like you and I. And Eduardo? Well, he's already got his thing pretty well zeroed in and is recovering good gold each and every day he's out there in the wilds of the D.R. Sierras. Eduardo is not only good at placer mining, but based on my interchanges with him he's also bueno gente, good people. A stand-up hombre who reflects what's best about small-scale miners everywhere.
(D.R. dredger and small-scale miner Eduardo Herbert [on right] relaxing in camp with a pard.)
Before I continue on about Eduardo and his mining activities, let me give you a brief rundown on the D.R. and its gold. It'll help set the stage for you a bit. Geographically, the D.R. is part of the island chain known as the Lesser Antilles. Geologists believe that at one point in the ancient past the Antilles broke away from the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico and gradually drifted eastward. When the islands broke away from the Yucatan, they carried with them the same types of mineralized continental rock of their Mexican host...thus, the presence of gold (and good gold) in the D.R. and its next-door neighbor Haiti on the island mass they share. The early Spanish called this large island Hispanola and many a pirate treasure tale speaks of its mysteries. It should surprise no one that the Spanish explorers and conquistadores were after precious metals and other riches in the New World and they found them in Hispanola in the early 1520s. The Spaniards enslaved the native Arawak Indians and forced them to work placer and lode mines on the island, but despite a steady stream of gold production for the coffers of Spanish royalty, these early operations were limited in scale. In the early 2000s, however, Placer Dome Corporation (a major mining concern with interests worldwide) worked out a deal with the D.R. government to begin open-pit gold mining on a massive scale.
(Coarse gold and nuggets recovered by Eduardo just this past week.)
(More coarse Dominican placer gold recovered by Eduardo.)
J.R. Good evening. I am running two dredges, a 6" Proline and a 4" Keene. This river only produces coarse gold. Yesterday I found 64 grams and today almost the same and a 20.3 gram nugget as well as pieces ranging from a gram and up. This place is a paradise way up in the Dominican Sierras, nobody around for miles. I will send you pictures of what gold we are still missing. Bedrock is very shallow here but there are also very big rocks and lots of crevices. Nobody has mined in this place.
Listen J.R. I sent you two videos of the waterfall; do you like it or not? If you think it looks good I will take a better video so you will have a better view of it. There is lots of sand in the fall's pool but there are bound to be rocks underneath it. Take care. Regards, Eduardo
(Eduardo's 110 gram beauty and some "little" stuff!)
(The gold-bearing stream that Eduardo is currently working.)
Doing Just Fine
There's no doubt that Eduardo is onto something good in the D.R. Sierras. I placed a photo of a 110 gram nugget (nearly four troy ounces!) that Eduardo recently recovered in the right sidebar of Bedrock Dreams and have also included it above as well. Sixty four grams of gold in one day is a little over two ounces, so I'd say Eduardo is managing to pay his expenses! I'm joking here of course. Two troy ounces a day of coarse gold will go a long way in the D.R. economy...trust me on that one. In case you're curious, Eduardo contacted me to get my take on the sections of stream he's working and in particular, the waterfalls therein. From what I've seen some of the falls are little more than decent drop offs while others are too high and too turbulent to be good gold depositors in the immediate environs of the fall down splash areas. Honestly though, I don't think Eduardo needs my help at all. He seems to be doing just fine as is!
(Eduardo with some coarse gold in his batea.)
I'm looking forward to hearing more from Eduardo and to seeing more of that coarse D.R. gold. You know, it really doesn't matter where you live, what color your skin is, or what language you speak when it comes to getting the gold. As far as small-scale mining is concerned a miner's miner is a miner's miner no matter where in this wide, wide world he (or she) is located. And there's no doubt that Eduardo is a true miner's minero...
Bueno suerte Eduardo and continued success in the D.R. Sierras!
(c) Jim Rocha (J.R.) 2015
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