January 20, 2017

There are some valuable minerals and ores that are largely overlooked by the recreational prospector. Dozens of these flouresce under ultraviolet light. 

Scheelite is a very high grade ore of tungsten and fluoresces blue-white as seen below 

Scheelite is found in ma...

August 20, 2016

Placer gold is gold that has eroded from lode veins or deposits. The nearer you are to a vein or deposit the more likely you will find flakes, pickers and nuggets. Fine pieces of gold will travel miles in high, fast water. The old timers would trace these small finds u...

July 20, 2016

Last month we covered prospecting your claim with a metal detector. Detectors are inexpensive if you buy a used machine, and require no special BLM permits, bonds, etc. That method works fine if you have coarse gold or heavy concentrations of fines, flakes and pickers....

June 20, 2016

A lot of claim buyers don't know where to start the first time they walk across their new mining claim. 20 acres is a large parcel (nearly 900,000 square feet) if you are planning to cover every square inch searching for the Mother Lode. The idea of gold sitting in ful...

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