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Re: Gold prospecting using a metal detector
« Reply #280 on: March 16, 2024, 04:08:06 am »
Could be. I?ve seen the results of reefs and outcrops that have produced considerable amounts of gold but I have not found anything like that. (Unfortunately)

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Re: Gold prospecting using a metal detector
« Reply #281 on: March 16, 2024, 09:45:11 am »
Could be. I?ve seen the results of reefs and outcrops that have produced considerable amounts of gold but I have not found anything like that. (Unfortunately)
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Re: Gold prospecting using a metal detector
« Reply #282 on: March 17, 2024, 05:20:34 pm »
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Here?s a short that I posted two days ago. It?s a clip from a trip last week.
https://youtube.com/shorts/KteNIxeYAHc?si=OC8MnUrxs-Vdfkzz

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Re: Gold prospecting using a metal detector
« Reply #283 on: March 21, 2024, 07:06:10 am »
My detecting mate and I did a long walk today for only a modest return. Lots of fun but the gold hid itself well.

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Re: Gold prospecting using a metal detector
« Reply #284 on: March 21, 2024, 09:04:48 am »
It's interesting how you find it and track it down. I envisioned it more like just pinging it and digging a little straight down into the dirt or stones.

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Re: Gold prospecting using a metal detector
« Reply #285 on: March 21, 2024, 02:49:40 pm »
Lucky find in UK recently. 64.8g nugget



Full story here.
https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/man-unearths-englands-largest-gold-32395263

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Re: Gold prospecting using a metal detector
« Reply #286 on: March 21, 2024, 05:26:58 pm »
An interesting story and a nice piece of gold. Haven?t heard of much gold being found in the UK. Thanks for posting Nigel.

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Re: Gold prospecting using a metal detector
« Reply #287 on: March 21, 2024, 06:55:09 pm »
Good post NigelP. Thanks!

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Re: Gold prospecting using a metal detector
« Reply #288 on: March 26, 2024, 06:10:05 am »
My detecting mate and I went out for a swing with our big detectors to try and get some deeper gold. The area had been giving is a reduction in our take home of yellow stuff so we decided a different approach was required. I found one larger piece in an area that we had detected many times before. It was deeper than our normal detectors would reach and was a real bonus. Here is our tally for the day.

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« Reply #289 on: March 26, 2024, 07:37:42 am »
Nice haul, Les. When I look at that, it looks like it was molten when it was formed. Similar to drops of solder that drop off when I'm doing the soldering. Do you know where it came from and how it got to the surface like that?

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Re: Gold prospecting using a metal detector
« Reply #290 on: March 26, 2024, 08:21:39 am »
Nice haul, Les. When I look at that, it looks like it was molten when it was formed. Similar to drops of solder that drop off when I'm doing the soldering. Do you know where it came from and how it got to the surface like that?

Good points. I?m interested as well.

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Re: Gold prospecting using a metal detector
« Reply #291 on: March 26, 2024, 08:49:15 am »
The gold in this area is apparently hydrothermal. I think it forms from heated, mineral rich water that flows through cracks in the earths surface. The minerals, when concentrated, precipitate into what we see as gold (in this case) I?m not a geologist so I can?t really speak to it with any authority or understanding. When the gold moves into streams, it wears and sharp edges smooth over and become polished.

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« Reply #292 on: March 26, 2024, 02:53:51 pm »
Interesting. Thanks Les....

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Re: Gold prospecting using a metal detector
« Reply #293 on: March 26, 2024, 09:51:14 pm »
Wow!
Solder a loop on that one and it would make a cool looking pendant.
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« Reply #294 on: March 27, 2024, 12:35:10 am »
It?s a good size for a pendant. I have a jeweller who has done quite a bit of work for me in the past and he  does very good work for a reasonable price.

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Re: Gold prospecting using a metal detector
« Reply #295 on: March 27, 2024, 01:05:20 am »
It is a nice piece for sure!!!

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Re: Gold prospecting using a metal detector
« Reply #296 on: March 27, 2024, 01:28:36 am »
It is quite a pretty piece. It?s a shame it wasn?t a bit bigger??🤩🤩🤩
Just uploaded a short clip on one of the little pieces we found yesterday. We just got so involved in the prospecting and forgot to take much footage.

https://youtu.be/_BgMfmWv5qU?si=aqOK6bt-c-zz4V3h

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Re: Gold prospecting using a metal detector
« Reply #297 on: March 27, 2024, 03:28:32 am »
Thanks for taking us along Les! It was almost like being there. I was cheering for you!

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Re: Gold prospecting using a metal detector
« Reply #298 on: March 28, 2024, 05:12:24 am »
My mate Joe and I decided to go for a long walk up the stream we had been detecting to see if there was any gold in the higher reaches. After walking for 1 1/2 hours we stopped and started detecting. The area was extremely pretty with pools and rock bars located close together. It was a really remote area and there was no evidence of human activity at all. Unfortunately, there was no gold in the area which was a real shame. We eventually made it back by early afternoon to spend some time in the region that we knew was gold bearing.

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Re: Gold prospecting using a metal detector
« Reply #299 on: March 28, 2024, 09:40:05 am »
That was a nice, interesting clip, Les. Thanks for sharing.