BTW, these spots were directly related to the testing I did in prior to the starting Jenkins project. The terrain study started in May 2008 and included a terrain/map study, simulations, flood stage observations, and testing. Many of those off-creek locations were very nice. You have to take full advantage of flooding situations and get into places where there typically isn't water. I've been waiting for a very long time to further test a few of these spots with a dredge, and finally 6 years later that opportunity came but it only lasted for a very short timeframe.
Gold from these higher-land gravel bars or massive fields of tailing dumps is definitely different than what you might find in the active creek channel. Many mines took ore to the Cooper for crushing and processing, and waste was dumped for miles around that site so there's really no way to determine where the gold actually came from. I'm a firm believer that much of the gold being found in and around CC isn't from that local deposit at all. Much of it was discarded as waste. The gold is different. It's different in quality, purity, silver content, shape, erosion/weathering, and crystalline formations. That being said, there is in fact nice gold well outside the active channel. You just have to be willing to run water far from the creek with layflat or wait for mother nature to put water where water usually isn't present.
Here's a pic of another lumpy CC nugget. Also below is a map of the test sites.
EDIT: On the map, the red markers show the 16 test locations within the active creek channel. The blue markers show the 27 test locations that were outside the active creek channel. Test results were recorded and also plotted on a map. The test results map was provided to VA Gold forum members in September 2010 if they made a $15 donation to the forum to help Chuck cover the annual forum and server fees.
- Lumpy AU
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- Test Hole locations
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