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geowizard
16:19:51 Sat
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Re: Miners prefer large gold deposits...


Excellent advice.

Last season led to a significant discovery of visible gold in a decomposed outcropping of magnetite - not at Ophir, but in an area that I considered to be a high probability target.

Ophir is a low grade gold deposit. It is not profitable when operated at low volume. Operating at a small scale provides an opportunity to sample and with sampling comes knowledge of the tenor of the deposit.

I have believed for several years that the gold in surrounding creeks like Ganes and Yankee creeks should have lode gold deposits that provided the source of the nuggets found over the past 100 plus years.

At least one of the deposits has been revealed. My planning into 2014 and beyond will be directed toward this and other lodes that are feeding these placers.

The tenor of gold in lodes is generally higher in lodes that have large nuggets. There are also lodes that are composed of low grade disseminated fine gold. Those placers produce consistently small, fine gold.

Moore Creek and Ganes have demonstrated large gold nuggets are to be found in the surrounding terrain. So, it makes sense to expect gold to be in surrounding vein systems including veins associated with major fault zones as opposed to large, regional disseminated deposits.

- Geowizard

  
Rod_Seiad
17:07:25 Sat
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Re: Miners prefer large gold deposits...

Hold on Geo, the self proclamed off-topic supervisor.

WINTER PROJECTS ! ! !:gonetoofar:

Get back in line. As you notoriously do, you've forgotten this thread ain't about your gold mine in Alaska. It's about everybody's winter projects. Live a little and expand your horizons. Everybody has an equal winter project to yours. Stop asking for comments if your intention is to plow them under as weeds crowding your time.


  
baub
23:21:00 Sat
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Re: Miners prefer large gold deposits...

So your winter project is planning for next summer, eh Geo? Mine too.
I'm in an area that was noted for small, uniform gold sizes. The most common was the gold was about 1/4 in by 1/8 in and the lesser size was - 40.
The streams were loaded with both sizes.
After the easy stuff was gone, the old timers tried hard rocking will much less success. About a 99 to 1 ratio as reported in official publications. Methinks someone missed the places where the original gold came from. So we may have some similar problems.
What I did this year was to gather some samples with the intent to pulverize them this winter and run them over the about to be made, small P/S sluice. This should get da gold down to -200, - 300 mesh. If any gold is in it.
One common thread in the few successful hardrock mines was that they were usually around the highest spots in the mining district. I checked some of these spots before with mixed results. These hills are all relatively low, 3-400 feet above the average local altitude.
So, if your area has similar gold and similar hills you might want to take some samples and crush them.
Pop and Son has some Chinese mills that they are importing that will take 4in rock and get it under 1/8th in in one pass. (I'll get that contact info if anyone is interested.)
Another project that I'm going to do is learn more about safe leaching options.
If I get those 3 things done, I'll rest my old bones till spring.

b

  
geowizard
02:14:23 Sun
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baub,

Last season, I sampled a location at Iditarod. It`s a fly-in locality. Iditarod (Flat) has a long runway that with improvement can be lengthened to 5000 feet.

So, my winter project is a highly efficient recovery system that is a US version of "Thegoldmachine", a Reverse Helix trommel that runs 10 cubic yards per hour. This system can be flown in.

Setup at Iditarod will only take a week or so.

Alaska has buried lode gold deposits that have not been discovered.

Alaska gold exploration from Arizona:

Every day, I am plotting out more gold deposits from my home in Arizona. It's like having a multimillion dollar metal detector. I interpret the survey data and plot where the drill goes in the ground. I actually have taken the guesswork out of where to begin digging or drilling for gold.

So, at the close of 2014, you will read about the process of unveiling the lodes.

- Geowizard

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dmort
02:59:53 Sun
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Re: Miners prefer large gold deposits...

Interesting.Any gold left in Arizona ?

  
geowizard
15:02:10 Sun
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dmort,

All the gold... in Ari-zo-na... is in a bank in Fountain Hills... in somebody else's name...:smile:

Having spent many years prospecting Arizona, I can report the following...

The holes are all dried up. There are a few old mines that never were significant producers that a few pitch-men are trying to sell. They run from the Hassayampa/Yavapai County to Kingman/Oatman/ Mojave County and down to Yuma/La Paz County.

GPAA has claims at Rich Hill near Congress and a few detectorists go there and find a nugget or two once in a while. You hear about the one they found but you don`t hear about the thousands of hours that are spent searching.

I`ve covered the issue of water in prior posts.

Settlers came into Arizona and homesteaded everything that was on or surrounding water. The Colorado River flows through Arizona but high banking in the Grand Canyon gives new meaning to High banking! There isn`t much gold in the Grand Canyon anyway. The Salt river is mostly within Reservation and not accessible to dredging.

Between Indian Reservations, Homesteads, Military Reservations and Wilderness Areas - there`s not much open ground.

Here, in Cochise county, I`m surrounded by gold. The gold in the Dos Cabesas Mountains is on Wilderness and Ranch land. The roads are gated and locked. The Chiricahua mountains are in the National forest Domain. The District Ranger is opposed to any surface disturbance - no off road vehicle access, they`re closing and gating off the National Forest. To the south, a gold mine near Douglas is blocked by a fish and game reserve that is protecting an endangered minnow. The Dragoon Mountains are staked by Major mining companies. Phelps Dodge/ Freeport McMoran operates a copper mine at Bisbee. Cyprus Minerals operates another copper mine at Johnson Ranch. Commonwealth Silver is exploring the Commonwealth gold-silver mine and trying to bring it online.

That`s pretty much it.

I thought of a couple more...

Down near Nogales, there`s a gold deposit on Ranch Land. The Mexican cowboys like to chase miners on horse back and practice roping them.

Other deposits - mostly silver run from Nogales across to Patagonia. These are small and either on patented land or staked up.

Gleeson gold is all on private land. The locals (living on mining patents) are mostly desert ranchers (rattlesnake ranchers) with a few head of cattle and ride the range looking for miners to run off.

State Trust Land is fenced and gated. The Red Bird Mine is a low grade gold mine on BLM land is surrounded by gated and locked ranch land and State Trust land.

I had claims at the Golden Rule gold mine, near where I live. It is on BLM domain but surrounded by private homes. I dropped the claims because the probability of permitting is just not within reality.

- Geowizard
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jssbastiat
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I know I posted this as a new thread, but then saw you guys talking here about winter projects!

I staked 8 claims outside of Ruby, Ak and there were two old cabins on them..one built awesomely in the 40's and will be here in another 40 years! The other just a frame cabin from teh 90's but in good shape. I filed my APMA and got a permit to use both! REbuilt one 2 years ago, started on the 2nd one this winter!!!

The old one has a loft and I'm going to be metal detecting the old latrine this summer!

Bad thing: Gold is deep in our area, 90 ft was the last depth they found a streak at..BUT, there are the old benches up in the mountains 1 mile to 4 miles from my cabin and it's best to drill in the winter for samples since you can get around easier and there are no mosquito's!

I could use some advice on winter drilling equipment...I have a honda 2000 generator and want to be able to take core samples with an electric drill...BUT, not finding much on what type fo drill, whom makes core bits to fit something like this with extensions....Any ideas? I'd like to go deeper, but....

I have a ski doo skandic long track/wide track with the 600 etech, so I can get a big load around....I've been clearing my trails this winter to where the mountainside hits the tree line...I can easily run up the small creeks to these points...the mountainside is HUGE rock boulders with spruce trees on them...

Any ideas on equipment I could use to take core samples with?

here is a pic of all the squirrel crap, junk, etc I pulled out fo the older cabin...And I have a few bites on sub-leasing the cabin/claim from some metal detector junkies that want to look for the old early 1900 tailings piles!...So, might have some help looking for those, just the mosquito's are sooo bad....I need motivation to fight the summers!

  
Honza_Basta
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My winter project today :smile: :







  

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