Detecting with the MXT at Hard Rock Gold Mines
No. 1: Hard Rock Mines
In many old mines, the old miners had to
sort out the ore to only the highest grade material as they had to haul it miles to the
nearest mill so the gold and silver values could be extracted. Sometimes they were not so
good at sorting and a lot of very high grade ore was tossed out on the dumps. A VLF
detector like the MXT is just the tool for this type of prospecting. Watch out for old
mine workings - they can be vary dangerous, and I strongly urge you to stay out of them.
Stick to the mine dumps. Scan the old dumps with your MXT and save and carefully
scrutinize any rock that gives a good metallic signal. Take a bucket for your finds.
If you get any high grade samples, with lots of visible ore, there can be most valuable as
specimens for collectors. Ore specimens with little visible gold can be crushed and the
resulting sand processed with a gold pan - you still may find some nice gold. Be
sure also that you have the legal right to prospect for gold around the old mine. While
there are many old abandoned mines, there are also many that are currently under claim.
For More info on using a metal detector in prospecting for gold, Take a look at my Prospecting for Gold website