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colo_nuggets
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PayLayers ( 19:32:51 FriMar 27 2009 )

What are some of the different types of layers/gravels that you see as your dredging down to bedrock on the Klamath?
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Re: PayLayers ( 22:44:16 FriMar 27 2009 )

First let me say, If you are dredging and it isn't in layers, then chances are very good that it has already been dredged.
First layer will be a loose pack and carries flood gold, then as you go down, you will encounter different colored layers, depending on where you are dredging. The blue clay layer and a light brown layer near the bottom were from big floods in the past and usaully carry gold in them or on top of the next layer. Not all layers carry gold, so as you go down watch for it in each layer, or if you can't see without your glasses like me, then shut off the dredge and check your mat or box before going into the next layer. Sometimes you will find gold in the overburden and none on bedrock. This is especially true on the Trinity River and some locals on the Klamath.


  
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Re: PayLayers ( 23:25:38 SatMar 28 2009 )

How common is the yellow layer? I have only seen that blue layer once, here in Colo on clear creek gold was laying right on top, one of the coolest things I have ever seen. It was only about 20 inchs around and that was it. I cant wait to see it again its been about 20 years. Scott

  
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Re: PayLayers ( 13:47:55 SunMar 29 2009 )

The red (rust) layer carries rice size gold sometimes, so watch it close.

  
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Re: PayLayers ( 19:35:49 SunMar 29 2009 )

How far down do you usally find the rust layer? Rice sized should be easy to spot! Scott

  
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Re: PayLayers ( 23:01:11 SunMar 29 2009 )

Colo, There is no specific layer or depth where you find red gravel. It all depends on the location and affected by a variety of conditions. The red indicates presence of iron (heavy metal) and can be a clue to the presence of a pay streak. As for seeing the gold in this rusty gravel, keep in mind that the gold will probably have a red tint to it and you will have to check your sluice box to be sure. Just do not check it every few minutes as this wastes time.

  
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Re: PayLayers ( 23:54:55 SunMar 29 2009 )

I had some of my gold flakes with that red tint on them never did get it off. Dont have access to nitric acid. Tryed salt vinger limeaway other stuff Scott

  

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