Ok, this is going to give away my lack of real-life gold hunting experience.
I've heard two different responses to this question so I'm left a little confused and hoping someone can clear this up.
My question is: In most cases would the larger pieces of gold travel less and be closer to the source and the smaller pieces travel further away? (this is what I would think would happen)
On the few occasions if found patches I've found the larger bits were closer to the shedding reef but have sometimes experienced the complete opposite with some of my bigger finds a lot further down the slope. (maybe two different sheddings? ... they say that a reef at one time may have been a lot higher, so gold shed at different intervals may be in different spots)
For those that have found patches what has been your observations?
I am going out on my first detecting trip I think I'll be using an xterra 705. The area I am interested in is south western idaho generlly around silver city the war eagle mine and a few other spots up there> I still have alot to do in terms of research and permission. I t looks promising , rugged and well who knows? Does anyone know if this is what you would call a mineralized soil area? I may drive on over to the Jordan valley area of oregon as well. any knowledge on this location?
Thanks in advance.
I have heard Dr. Erik Melchiorre give a talk on finding nuggets in Quartzsite that came from bacteria. He said he had been to Australia talking with someone there about it so this might be the group. It is an interesting discovery.
By yankee nugget
am not into geology ,,,,i dont know hard rock mining either .....what i know 5 types of lava .....what,, where and how would u look for placer in this lava or this area ??? ......this is in a gold rich area ....could a gold bug 2 find anything ?????? any information would be helpful thanks