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Last Post 26 Nov 2014 02:51 PM by  Jim Weidert
Gold Basin - First Time Drywashing - Need Pointers for Pay layers
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Jim Weidert
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26 Nov 2014 11:54 AM

    Hello All,

        I'm headed down to Arizona (from Colorado) for my first attempt at desert gold prospecting. I am thinking of Gold Basin for dry washing (as well as some meteorite hunting) and was hoping to glean some tips as to what to look for in that area regarding the gold bearing gravels. I've been reading (and watching) whatever I can about it, and know that the gold is found in the gravels on top of the caliche false bedrock, which typically is 1-5' thick. Ive read that some areas much of the auriferous gravels have eroded away and or are thin, leaving a thinner mantle of gravels which are good for detecting and that the gold is more locally concentrated, vs in all the gravels. Would my best bet be to start somewhere someone else has dug a pit, then sample around if I want to move? I'm primarily thinking White Elephant Wash, (BAHADE #10-14) as it seems closer to the source rock and back in the 1930's a large dry wash operation was located nearby. I understand general rules for prospecting but am more used to stream prospecting, not alluvial fan etc, am really after specifics to the area.

    Any tips or specific details about looking for gold there would be much appreciated, as well as your past experiences and finds

     Jim

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    26 Nov 2014 01:13 PM
    Hi Jim
    Talk to the GPAA chapter in Las Vegas. Contact information here: http://www.goldprospector...apter-Home/ChapterId They go out there all the time, you may even be able to meet up with them.
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    26 Nov 2014 02:51 PM
    Thanks Walter. I emailed DeAnna Costen the president, LVGPAA now awaiting a reply. Looks like rain in the forecast for next week, which doesn't bode well for dry washing. Anyone have an estimate for how long it may take for the ground to dry enough so one can dig and have no issues with dry washing?
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