I’m venturing into the spotlight here with my first post to ask what likely amounts to a novice’s question.
It stems from an experience I had about a year ago with finding my largest nugget. The location was in a small creek bed, which had been conveniently cleared of cobbles and overburden down to a small patch of bedrock surrounded by smooth, silty clay by a dredger.
Using a GM 1000, I had detected out several small nuggets from within the bedrock cracks that had been exposed, but not properly crevassed by the prior prospector. However, the thick clay surrounding the exposed bedrock had pockets of varying degrees of moisture.
This was providing me a bit of challenge since the wetter spots seemed to be behaving just like hot spots. After an extended wrestling match with the wetter signals and the available settings, I gave up.
However, by the time the next weekend came around, I just couldn’t get those wet spots out of my mind. With the heat of the summer and record drought conditions, I guessed those spots may have dried just enough to deserve one final pass.
Within minutes of returning, I had found a solid, repeatable, 2 bar non-ferrous signal in the deepest clay pocket on the upstream side of the rock. (This exact spot had seemed masked the week before.) Digging 4-5 inches down into the smooth clay I found a “rock” that made my detector sing. Cleaning it off revealed a beautiful 1/3 ozt. nugget. Call it beginner’s luck—because I do.
Now for my question. Were those wet spots of clay giving me fits because of greater relative mineralization, heterogeneity of moisture, or VLF technology? Perhaps it was some of each?
Part of my curiosity stems from never having used a PI detector. For those of you with plenty of PI experience, do you also struggle with wet spots or mud spots for lack of a better term? And, if so, are certain PI detectors more resistant to the struggle?
Thanks for any input you might spare.