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February 16th 2019 was a beautiful day in Gold Basin Mining District in Arizona. The day started of with a crisp nip in the air. As the sun came up the day turned out beautiful as there was virtually no wind.
Chris Coffee, a long time detectorist had recently purchased a Minelab Gold Monster 1000 from Doc and traveled from California to receive a day of hands on training.
Starting with some basic information on geology, Doc showed Chris some of the basic things to look for while prospecting for gold. Most importantly this included spots where Doc had already found gold. Doc reports, “It’s extremely important for people using a metal detector to actually see locations where gold has been found. In this way you get a sense of the kind of conditions that give you clues where gold might be. Some of these things include contact zones of granite and quartz, deteriorated quartz reefs, meandering gullies that are not too steep. These gullies allow gold to gently move along the gully without getting washed out of the gully or being agitated to the point that they sink way way down to bedrock where they may be out of the reach of a detector.”
After a familiarization with basic geology of the conditions that may indicate placer deposits, Doc went on to familiarize Chris with an understanding of the Gold Monster 1000 operation.
Unfortunately the day went by way too quickly. Chris acknowledged the information provided was valuable and would help him in his search for gold when he got back to California.
It’s a great time when friends can get together and share an activity they both enjoy.