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One law that gold follows is that due to its heavy weight it drops to the lowest points, or is in the process of doing so. It requires movement to do & accomplish that. Once that movement is arrested like in an up lifted old river channel, or glacial push where there is no more movement of water or ice to create the shuffling of ground material to let the golds movement down through that material & settle on down to be caught in the traps that trap it. Hence me detecting all those crack areas & the edges of the schist fractures & drop off point & ledges. Some times gold is caught in the mosses & lichens on the smooth schist faces of the bedrock. What you cant see on those surfaces are the small cracks that are hidden by the mosses & lichens that is usually trapping the gold. Not until you get a signal & scrape away the moss or lichen do you uncover these little cracks that from the surface you just cant see.? Cheers

Good luck out there

JW ?  

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12 hours ago, kiwijw said:

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Great story and pics JW

When you know you are going to be targeting the cracks in the rocks it might be handy if you threw a decent length flat bladed screw driver in your back pack.

I love the scenery you have when you go detecting ?

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4 hours ago, GB_Amateur said:

Can't you take a weedwacker with you?

Ha ha....been there done that. Smashing out wilding thyme bushes. Rewarded too.

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Good luck out there

JW ?

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11 minutes ago, phoenix said:

I love the scenery you have when you go detecting ?

Tis half the reason I love it so much. Gold or no gold. Food for the soul. Thanks.

Best of luck to you out there

JW ?

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12 minutes ago, kiwijw said:

One law that gold follows is that due to its heavy weight it drops to the lowest points

Maybe even that law is not a certainty, found very productive slope patches with indicator to them being a small nugget in the top 6" layer of 3ft deep sand in creeks, tis dynamic influenced by weather, animal movement (especially relatively recent erosion via cattle movement) etc etc buh whatever. Horse trails through 6ft high grass pushing coil ahead, very little swinging, linear detecting at a pace buh I give up trying to figure it out.

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In my gold dredging days I was a well qualified crackologist. The system was the easy gold went up the nozzle that my partner was controlling. After he had cleaned that area of bedrock. I would drop back with my cold chisel and geologists hammer and a cracking bar,tweezers tucked up my wet suit sleeve.. I used to have quite a hardware shop under water.. Hairline cracks were my specialty. The width of a fine pencil streak. Smash em open with cold chisel, once you got the first  bit breaking away, it became easier. Some of those hairline cracks would reward me with a pennyweight, Some just kept going down, 18 inches or more so it was the cracking bar for them. And slabs of bedrock would go flying. I would then just make a little pile of gold flakes in a sheltered place on the bedrock. And move on to the next hairline crack. And repeat the procedure. Eventually there would be numerous little piles of gold dotted everywhere. Like golden mushrooms in a paddock. I would crawl up to my partner, tap him on the shoulder and he would return to nozzle up my bounty. We were in fast water, double weight belts, about 6 foot deep. Air of course. How that gold ever got into those cracks has always bewildered me. There are many theories as to why. The flakes were of course always laying vertical and not flat. One has to assume that at some stage, they were open enough to allow the gold flakes to enter. Maybe ground movement forced the cracks to close. Maybe freezing some time in eons past caused them to close.  When detecting the hardware shop came with me. I soon learnt that if I did not get any signal passing the coil over one. Out would come the hardware. but being above water on went the protective googles. Bearing in mind a flake of gold on its side doesn't exactly lend itself to being detectable. At any depth. The slabs of bedrock were washed in a pan if by a waterway, if not, they were brushed with a wire brush. Then the coil was run over the plastic pan (of course). It was quite amazing what I recovered that way. When you spot a hairline crack on above water bedrock, yep JW the moss or lichen gives it away, and what it tells me is that that crack has never been broken open. So its a virgin crack, "Keep your minds above your belt please". Sure it slowed up my detecting, but I always got results.  It was detect it first, no detection's. OK time for cracking out.

There was one creek the my friend and I used to detect. Bedrock both sides. First time up it. I got this great signal at one place,, but it was an iron response, sort of. (Audio). Closer inspection revealed what appeared to be the head of an iron spike, which looked like it had been driven into a hairline crack. Maybe for a cable going across the creek. It didn't want to budge. So I just moved on. Every time we went up that creek, we would use that bolt to wake us up, it gave such a great loud signal. Well one day my friend was up there alone. And decided, I am sick of that thing sounding off. So he set to work with his cracking gear. Took him a while to extract it, but yep he finally got it out. And chucked it in the creek, never to bother us again. As an after thought he ran the coil over where it had been.and guess what yep he got a mighty gold signal. A bit more cracking and out popped a large flat nugget weighing just under an ounce. Damm why didn;t I do that months ago. and it would have been mine. Oh well them"s the breaks I guess, you win some you lose some. As to the odds of that nug being under the steel spike. Up there with winning lotto. But hey it was a virgin crack after all and that area was a producer of big gold.

 

Cheers Trev. .

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Nice LAWS but no one has mention TIME and gold different travelling paths to get to the lowest spot.

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