Hey we’re all in lock down. For me, I’m lucky enough to be in lock down around 15km South of Charleston, West Coast, South Island. And I’m armed with a gold pan! The land owner is more than happy for me to have a play around his property but I’m seeking a little advice first.
I know this area is/was rich in black sands/beach gold, but I understand that’s far to fine to pan for, so I’m wondering if gold was ever found in creeks in the area which might be more suitable for panning? Any Alluvial gold? Anyone know?
The mineralogy in this area is simply amazing, every rock is different. I literally could spend all day just looking at the rocks, but I’m keen to find a speck, just one speck - my first speck of gold. That speck.
My house is on the beach and I’ve had a little play in the creeks which come down into the bay - the plato behind us up the hill was all mined back in the day (although I’m having trouble finding out what the gold was contained in and what form it took) so I figure there just must be gold in between the old gold fields up the and the beach down here!
Any tips guys?
Oh, and at the top of the beach on the edge of the sand dunes there’s a heavily oxidised layer - could this be what I’m looking for? I see mention of oxidised layers in some papers. I think that’s in reference to the beach gold thou.
Any tips would be greatly appreciated guys.