So my first scouting mission for gold commenced yesterday.
I traced a large river to its source in Coolea up in the mountains.
There was a waterfall type you can see in the pic below. I thought this might be a good spot to pan.
Below is just to show you the river and its source
Here are some pics of the mountains in the area.
Below you can see the river with its waterfalls in the mountains.
I collected soil samples from down stream and found a few goods spots on my way to that waterfall. I Noticed a digger had dug a 3 foot deep path half way up one of the hills so got some soil that would normally be very deep.
I only got to the base of the river near the waterfall and by the time i got there i didnt get to do much as it was getting late so decided to pan what i had collect.
No Luck of course but sure its my first time=)
I have a few questions about the rocks in that area.
>I found tonnes of limestone. At least i think it is limestone. How can i clearly tell the difference between Quartz and Limestone. I got really excited about seeing these strips of white rock thinking i had found a Quartz vein etc
>The land was quite marshy but in a dry spot i was able to dig a small hole (making sure i was'nt doing any damage to eco system in area) and get to a very black sand type. I didn't bring a magnet so could not tell if it was "the black sand" in relation to gold mining. What could this black sand be? Would it be crushed Igneous rock of sorts.
>These peaks seemed to be formed by A glacier as the limestone was near the tops of these hills. I definitely saw some metamorphic rocks and sedimentary etc. So my question is, because these rock types are present here should i still try to make it to the waterfall and follow it up the mountain a bit to test the soils or would it be a waste of time?
One last thing: I noticed a lot of Red waters and even green mucky run off's from streams. There was some very bright red/brown soil and other very red rocks. Would this be Iron and maybe copper in the soil? One rock I picked up was white quartz like with some green rock inside.