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DanfromNY
17:25:42 Thu
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Check out the basket cage on the end of this guys nozzle before clicking on video.Yep, No Gold for them.
http://dsc.discovery.com/show-news/discovery-channel-announces-premiere-of-bering-sea-gold.html

  
dickb
18:06:28 Thu
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"As Nome’s ice pack melts during the summer, this isolated, ramshackle town of eccentrics and outcasts booms with excitement, as pioneer gold seekers rush to get out onto the water"

This ought to give you a pretty good idea of where the show is going. Just more reality TV DRAMA.

IMHO :mad:

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peluk
21:11:02 Thu
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There'll be lots of that kind of BS involved,dickb...but...just from the previews alone,you have got a good chance to see some of the equipment being used and the problems confronted.
There're some great shots of Nome and the surrounding area as well.Some people might buy an airplane ticket,get here,and find out this is not what they like.I've seen that time and again with tourists and beachminers.Many more are fascinated with Nome but this may save a person some bucks.
As far as the narrator and his pseudo John Wayne speech pattern goes,that was a clue.He mentions something about Nome being locked in ice for 9 months out of the year, and that is not the case.I figure from late April to late October you can get into a mining routine.That's about 6 months of mining activity.Outside town you'd have to wait for thaw on your digs which may be mid-June.For dredging,prep work isn't going to let you on the water for a bit anyway so you can be out there by mid-May I'm pretty sure.Foul weather can keep a dredger off the water for long periods sometimes and that's the gamble.That will probably be well covered in this series.

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dickb
22:26:57 Thu
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Hi peluk:

I was watching in the trailer of the harbor looking to see kev's dredge that he built last winter. I agree about the rough seas, and that worried me about the way kev put her together. Looks like a lot of others are doing the same thing though. I really liked the spud barge, looks like it would really work well. I wonder if the dredgers are getting deep enough into the sand to find the pay layer. That excavator can dig a lot deeper into the sand than a suction dredge and once the top has been washed, I would think you would need to go deeper to keep filling you poke.

Looking forward to watching the show though, it makes for a good laff.

IMHO

Dickb
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peluk
06:51:49 Fri
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Dick,as far as I know,these guys read the bottom and in time they can see where the most likely spots for deposits will be.They are generally looking for shallow overburden and they are often if not always on the clay or hardpan when they get the best returns.
The excavator is going through the clay layer to other pay layers beneath.I don't know what they have finally done to improve their.speed but busting up clay takes time.I'm sure it will btrated on correctinge mentioned.They use a trommel as you may have seen.

I know one miner who was a guest on one of the dredges that has a tractor on the bottom.He said he was watching clay with gold attached rolling out of the sluice.The owner knew what he had to do to make hay so that was an area that he had not yet concentrated on correcting.

The miner brought some of the material by for me to clean after he had done a fast pass at it.The gold was like foil stuck right flat to the clay surface.Some areas out there yeild a predominantly foil like gold specimen.I think there are areas where some of this shape is caught up in currents and dropped just like leaves carried by the wind and deposited in a pile.

  
peluk
06:57:43 Fri
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Oops! I was saying,after mentioning the excavator going through the clay,they will probably discuss what they do to deal with the clay on one of these shows.I don't know how I got that typo:confused:

  

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