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5
Dec

GOLD Metal Detecting Australia

GOLD Metal Detecting Australia

Had a great day out detecting for gold nuggets in Victoria’s Golden Triangle. The day started off slow with a few small nuggets but ended with 2 lovely finds. I was very fortunate because it’s not everyday you find over an ounce of gold when prospecting.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:

The Victorian gold rush was a period in the history of Victoria, Australia approximately between 1851 and the late 1860s.

In March 1850, Mr. W. Campbell of Strath Loddon found on the station of Mr. Donald Cameron, of Clunes several minute pieces of native gold in quartz. This was concealed at the time but on 10 January 1851, Campbell disclosed it. Others had found indications of gold. Dr. George H. Bruhn, a German physician, whose services as an analyst were in great demand, had been shown specimens of gold from what afterwards became the Clunes diggings. In spite of these and other discoveries, however, it was impracticable to market the gold, and James Esmond’s “find” which was made on Creswick’s Creek, a tributary of the Loddon River, at Clunes on 1 July 1851, was the first marketable gold field. Read more »

28
Nov

$40,000 GOLD BAR Crushed

$40,000 GOLD BAR Crushed

Watch as a $40,000 24 karrat, pure gold bar is crushed with a big hydraulic press!

I’m publishing this just because it involves a pure gold bar and really shows how malleable gold is. but, with that said, I can explain why it’s stupid. It is a solid chunk of relatively soft metal. The outcome is absolutely predictable and no more aesthetically pleasing than the original, as this yellow bar of expensive play-doh simply conforms to the surroundings in accordance with the immense pressure applied. Read more »

21
Nov

Return to the Gold Standard

Gold Standard

gold standard - US gold standardGold is proving once again why, historically, it has been the most commonly accepted currency. Given the current disaster that is fiat, we could be looking at an eventual return to the gold standard; the Central Banks wouldn’t want to be left behind, now would they?

The gold standard is a monetary system in which the standard economic unit of account is a fixed weight of gold. There are distinct kinds of gold standard. First, the gold specie standard is a system in which the monetary unit is associated with circulating gold coins, or with the unit of value defined in terms of one particular circulating gold coin in conjunction with subsidiary coinage made from a less valuable metal.

Similarly, the gold exchange standard typically does not involve the circulation of gold coins, instead using notes or coins made of silver or other metals, but where the authorities guarantee a fixed exchange rate with another country that is on the gold standard. This creates a de facto gold standard, in that the value of the silver coins has a fixed external value in terms of gold that is independent of the inherent silver value. Finally, the gold bullion standard is a system in which gold coins do not circulate, but in which the authorities have agreed to sell gold bullion on demand at a fixed price in exchange for the circulating currency. Read more »

24
Oct

El Sid Gold Mine

El Sid Gold Mine, 29 Palms CA

The “El Sid” gold mine was operated under various names from about 1890 to the late 1980’s when it was abandoned. Exploring this mine requires about a 2 mile hike from the nearest paved road. Entering Abandoned mines is by nature dangerous and not advised.

There was an active mining community in 29 Palms as early as 1870. Read more »

16
Oct

Gold Mine Operation

Gold Mine Operation

Private cut and fill gold mine owner gives us a detailed tour, demonstrates tools, equipment, construction and the geology of his gold mine. This is a long video that explains many of the technicalities seen in old gold mines.

A lot of valuable insight in this video.  I’ve watched hundreds of mine exploration videos and this one answered many questions about the equipment and methods used for hard rock mining….by someone who has actually done it! Read more »

6
Oct

Gold Nuggets Metal Detector

Gold Nuggets Metal Detector

In an Australian gold mine prospectors dug with bulldozers and excavators to large gold nuggets. In the detection area the gold nuggets are picked up with the metal detector.

Below is a photo of the Hand of Faith gold nugget.

Hand of Faith gold nugget - Gold Nuggets Metal Detector

Hand of Faith gold nugget – this is the largest gold nugget ever found with a metal detector.

Gold Nuggets Metal Detector

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:

The Hand of Faith is a nugget of fine-quality gold that was found by Kevin Hillier using a metal detector near Kingower, Victoria, Australia on 26 September 1980. Read more »

26
Aug

Metal Detecting for GOLD NUGGETS

Metal Detecting for GOLD NUGGETS

These nice nuggets were found in the Victorian Golden triangle.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:

It takes in a specific area of North Central Victoria, the major cities of Ballarat and Bendigo as well as smaller centres including Daylesford, Victoria, Castlemaine and Maryborough. It extends as far north as Inglewood and St Arnaud. It encroaches on the Western District near Ararat. Other significant towns include Maldon, Creswick, Clunes, Avoca and Buninyong.

Although the region has a strong association with the Victorian gold rush there are, however, significant towns associated with the gold rush and gold mining located outside of this region – notable examples include Warburton, Walhalla, Warrandyte, Chiltern and Beechworth. The goldfields region is more strongly linked to the impact than Victorian Gold Rush than the discovery of gold in Victoria. Read more »

9
Aug

Mponeng Gold Mine

Mponeng Gold Mine

Most Dangerous Construction In the World: Mponeng Gold Mine (Discovery Channel)

Mponeng is a gold mine in South Africa’s North West Province. It extends over 4 kilometres (2.5 mi) below the surface, and is considered to be one of the most substantial gold mines in the world.[2] It is also currently the world’s deepest mine. The trip from the surface to the bottom of the mine takes over an hour.

Over 5400 metric tonnes of rock are excavated from Mponeng each day.[1] At a cost of $19.4 per gram of gold extracted, the mine needs to recover only 10 grams of gold per ton excavated to remain profitable. The mine contains at least two gold reefs, with the deepest one metre thick. Read more »

27
Jul

Survive Rattlesnake Bite

Survive Rattlesnake Bite

When our prospecting here in Southern California or Arizona, it seems I’m always running into rattlesnakes. From my own experiences, I would say your best bet is to keep alert and don’t put your hand or foot down in places where you cannot see what could be lurking there.

Probably, I would think the best advice that I could give anyone for surviving a rattlesnake bite when our prospecting or metal detecting is to always go with a buddy.

I know there’s probably a lot of you think that the number one tip should be to carry a cell phone. But, most of the places that I’ve been in Southern California and Arizona you’re really in areas that have no cell service whatsoever. Even if you’re close to a major highway that does have cell service most of the time you’re going to be in canyons and depending on how deep they are you won’t receive any signal. Read more »

4
Jul

Fourth of July

Fourth of July

On the Fourth of July, we pause to remember and to celebrate the values of liberty and justice that make our country great. And to be thankful for the remarkable freedoms we enjoy. The significance of this day has inspired speeches, music, art, and literary works. Most importantly, it has inspired our people and the citizens of the world. It is an opportunity for each of us to ponder the meaning of our nation’s heritage and to celebrate it in our own unique way.

Independence Day Fireworks at the National Mall, as seen from the Netherlands Carillon in Rosslyn, Virginia. Read more »