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December 21, 2016

Gold Crushing Quartz

by oakley711

Gold Crushing Quartz – Quartz Gold

On a December gold prospecting trip around Yuma Arizona we meet up with the young prospector who’s crushing quartz rocks in hopes of finding gold.

We were near an old gold mine with the miners were following a really long vein of courts that carried a lot of gold in it.  Basically, we were doing some dry washing and also metal detecting when we met up with Daniel a young prospector who lives in the area and was looking for iron stain quartz rocks in hopes of finding gold in them.

Gold Crushing Quartz

gold ore Gold Crushing Quartz

Quartz is one of the most common minerals in the earth’s crust, and most quartz veins do not carry metallic gold, but those that have gold are avidly hunted by prospectors. Gold Hill (Nevada County, California): Site of one of the first discoveries of quartz gold in California, and now California Historical Landmark

Just north of where we were, in Quartzsite Arizona, I’ve been lucky enough to  get some signals from quartz  with my Goldbug2 detector and on close examination I could actually see visible gold in the quartz. Personally, when you could see visible gold in the quartz, a lot of times it’s more valuable as a specimen piece than to crush it and extract the fine gold.

Arizona gold mine

Usually in the gold-quartz that I’ve found, the gold is very tiny and not concentrated in any particular part of the rock. So, you really need a very the sensitive detector like the Fisher Gold bug2 to have any hopes of getting a signal. but, even with the Goldbug, it still could be difficult to pick up the fine gold flakes inside the quartz. So, now I’ll be using the Falcon MD 20 handheld detector which is much more sensitive for fine gold.

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gold crushing quartz


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