AZNuggetBob Posted December 9, 2020 Report Share Posted December 9, 2020 (edited) Hi all. I was talking with Rob the other day and the subject of glory holes came up. And is something I’ve never really talked about. Everyone loves finding them. You know one of those spots in a creek or a dry wash or bench where you are finding a small piece of gold now and then, maybe every 10-20-50 feet apart and all of a sudden you hit a glory hole. A pocket of nuggets that somehow all collected together in one spot or crack! But why do they form and where do you look for these glory holes? Well let me give you a few tips that have worked for me in the past and what I always look for when out hunting. This is the way I categorize them. We will start with dikes. Both positive and negative. A positive dike is a bedrock dike that is harder than the surrounding host rock,i.e quartz veins in granite for example and because it's harder it tends to protrude above the granite as it erodes over time and becomes a trap for gold.. In many cases you can spot them from a distance looking at the banks and ridges of a wash. They may be buried in the wash but just look at the sides and in many cases you can see where they cross the wash. You will also find small to large waterfalls under the positive dikes. Speaking of waterfalls, I've seen them trap gold and I’ve seen them blow it all out, seems to depend on the height and flooding in the area. So I consider them a crap shoot. but if the wash is small I'd dig em. Ok let's talk about negative dikes. Negative dikes are dikes that are softer rocks, like gneiss or schist etc. and where the host rock (bedrock) tends to shift, or move up or down creating a trap. These dikes can create cracks or slots in the bedrock as they erode. Sometimes large, sometimes small but even a small crack can collect a lot of gold as it crosses the creek or wash. BTW I personally witnessed a glory hole find that produced about 340 ozs. of pickers and nuggets. And that doesn’t include the fine small gold we had gold wheel out of the black sand for days.. More on these and other types of glory holes as I get time. Take care out there. AzNuggetBob Edited December 9, 2020 by AZNuggetBob 9 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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