Prospecting with the MXT at Desert Placers
|Site No. 1:
Rye Patch Placer
This site is probably the best known nugget
detecting site in Nevada. It has been very well prospected over the past 20
years, but there are still nuggets being found. Good nugget detecting areas are places
where the gold is not too deep - this place fits the bill. The bedrock here is a shale.
There are a lot of areas here where there are dozer scrapings, but the soil layer is not
very deep and many places the dozer cut down a foot or so and hit the country rock.
Geologically, most of the dozer scrapings were in areas where there were concentrations of
iron stained quartz on the surface. These quartz areas and the gulleys draining between
them are the places where one would look for gold.
|For More info on using a metal detector in prospecting for gold, Take a look at my Prospecting for Gold website|
Site No. 2: Other Desert Placers
There are actually a number of desert placer sites around Arizona, Nevada and California. If you put your coil over the gold you will have a good chance to find it. The point is to get out to where 10,000 other folks have not already run their detector. This takes research and time spent to explore. Desert sites can be one of the locations where a Pulse type detector may do significantly better than a VLF, but gold can still be found with a VLF detector like the MXT.