Prospecting Trip Australia 2012 – Special Edition

Last week we announced our plans for the Golden Quest Discovery Trail. These plans are in progress but in the mean time we want to keep you readers informed about our progress in prospecting.

Last week we returned to Menzies after we heard good news of gold being found there. After locating a few spots we set up our camp and we were lucky to be on rich ground.

We found several gold nuggets weighting 0,5 g up to 2 g.

A nice 1,5 ounce and a 3 ounce gold nugget were found here in Menzies.

 

To give you readers an idea of our work we will here show you how we prospect in the goldfields. We  explain step by step our method of finding the gold.

No need to explain that the equipment has to be up-to-date. Most of the time we use a Minelab GPX-4500 machine with headphone en our self-developed RJ-1 headphone/speaker booster. All exact locations of our spots are stored in our Garmin GPSMAP 62s system. First we check each location for the presence of gold. My knowledge and interest in archeology is a great help. Good indicators are old mines, scraped areas, abandoned waste (old bottles, cans, old tools). Second we give the top soil a quick cleaning by removing all the visible metal.

After that we start to scan the ground for gold. It’s important to pay attention to each tone we receive from the machine. Iron waste does sound different than gold. Lead for example produces a tone very similar to gold. When we hear a fine signal we first scrape the top layer and then scan again. In many cases the top layer only contains waste. Gold is usually found a bit deeper in the ground.   

 

J.P. finds a nice 2 g gold nugget here, about 4 inches deep.

 

Close-up picture of a gold nugget.

 

After a first gold nugget has been found we look for a second nugget. This procedure is very important because this could indicate a patch (a collection of several nuggets found close together).

We mark the field around the first nugget by dividing it in smaller parcels and scan the area thoroughly (see pictures).

 

Marking out a possible patch.

 

The accurate scanning of the marked fields.

 

Scraping the top soil.

 

Scanning the scraped spot.

 

Locating a target.

 

Separating the target from the rest.

 

This proved methods often leads to success, though there is no guarantee!

 

A nice bonus, a six pence coin from the period of the old prospectors, A.C. 1884.

 

IMPORTANT: After we finish this trip we will launch a CD with all the information packed in a nice compact format, including all our weekly updates and the exact locations of the gold  we found. We will also report about the problems we came across and the dangers we had to deal with. The range of items we offer for sale on Ebay will be expanded, including some rare old books for the prospector. We will also offer the Garmin City Navigator & Topo Maps of Australia & New Zealand.

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Warm regards,

J.P.