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Author Topic: Macro shots of small gold  (Read 35770 times)

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Offline beav

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Re: Macro shots of small gold
« Reply #140 on: October 18, 2017, 03:03:11 AM »
I'm finding finer gold in the flats where waves are crashing, and coarser gold toward the land,
in the outcrop cracks and between rocks and traps on the beach.

That makes sense - the gold on the flats is finer because the waves crashing over and over for eons is grinding
it fine. The coarser stuff gets hidden away in the traps(rocks) up on the slopes toward the land like you describe,
somewhat protected from the relentless grinding action of the sands by the waves. Although "big ripper" storms
will move THAT material (erode it) down to the flats, then the process of grinding the coarser gold into fines
begins anew!

Keep diggin NSAUSEEKER!
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Re: Macro shots of small gold
« Reply #141 on: October 18, 2017, 01:27:25 PM »
I agree, finer stuff is being smacked around more in the flats.
It is being pulled down from the shore and tumbles in the surf.
Thanks Beav, I am learning more each time I go out.
You can teach an old dog new tricks.

Keep digging, classifying and panning.
 
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Re: Macro shots of small gold
« Reply #142 on: October 20, 2017, 11:40:50 AM »
Very interesting NS. Did you say that there is a hard clay layer down below?  I would be working the transition between that and the boulders since the heaviest gold will ultimately end up there. The lighter gold tends to suffer from surface tension issues when it's mixed with fish oils and even oils from vegetation, and will usually end up anywhere that water can take it. With your gold type you'd do well to use a surfactant such as Jet-Dry when you pan. It only takes a few drops in your pan for the flour gold to drop out .

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Re: Macro shots of small gold
« Reply #143 on: October 20, 2017, 09:06:16 PM »
Here's a piece of gold that I panned out of a creek near Vancouver a couple years back.


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Re: Macro shots of small gold
« Reply #144 on: October 23, 2017, 01:41:05 PM »
Yes Newbie101, the fine gold does indeed float.  I don't find it bad in the salt water.
I have a pill bottle with soapy water on me for any nice sized pieces, and the rest goes into a ziplock
in concentrate form.  The clay layer is tough to get through, I got down a foot and gave up.  The
 transition from sand to clay is good but lots of fines mostly.   Nice nug there from the creek.
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Re: Macro shots of small gold
« Reply #145 on: November 25, 2017, 11:35:23 AM »

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Temp went up to 14 today, was out early but missed the good low tide.
Beach panning a month away from Christmas, kinda crazy.  Sun so low
in the sky, I had to turn my shoulder to see the shine in the pan.
Swell type waves threatened to fill my boots a few times. Great to get
out today, first time since Oct. 30th, will show pics later when all is dried,
both trips combined.  Did some prospecting, nice day at the beach.
Water temp 10.2 C, tee shirt weather for a while.  Found gold in the clay today.
Would classify a full pan and put aside the clay.  Pan down the non clay stuff
then went after the clay bits.  Big soft chunks with pyrite and till embedded.
Rusty brown to grey in colour, some nice little pieces came out of the second wash
and pushing the clay through the classifier liberated some good gold.

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Re: Macro shots of small gold
« Reply #146 on: December 03, 2017, 01:19:25 AM »
Managed to get in some of the super low tide from the super moon yesterday.
About 6-7 C and comfortable enough for this time of year.  A welcome little nug
showed up to the party as well.  We shall see if this is the last trip for 2017.


3.70 YTD
11.28 LT
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Re: Macro shots of small gold
« Reply #147 on: December 03, 2017, 06:46:36 PM »
Hi.Nice gold as always.Luck.Mcbain.
I started out with nothing Istill have most of it.