Glossary of Gold Nugget Terms

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  • Diggings:
    represents areas previously worked by miners fossicking for gold by digging holes.
  • Specking:
    picking gold up with the naked eye.
  • Surfaced Area: top layer of soil processed for gold.
  • Dead Ground:
    detector, surface noise negligible.
  • Hot Ground:
    highly mineralized ground.
  • Reef Line:
    Quartz and Slate extending North and South.
  • Side Feeder:
    A Gold Shedding coming into existing diggings from left or right.
  • Sheddings:
    When the Gold has diffused away from its original origin, mainly from the Quartz Reef and traveled to a lower destination where it then becomes embedded.
  • Country Rock:
    Commonly known as Sandstone and Slate, which are Sedimentary Stone.
  • Alluvial Digs:
    Where miners have previously dug down in search for gold.
  • Bony Ground:
    Ground area with little or no soil.
  • Puddler:
    Circular mound of gravel shaped like a doughnut, with another mound in the Center for a post. As horse walks around outside dragging a beam with chains and weights suspended from it, which helped break up the clay and free the gold.
  • Cement or Conglomerate:
    A mass of clay, pebbles, and other matter fused together forming a solid mass of stone.
  • Quartz Reef:
    Silica Mineral in crystalline form, mostly white in color, but with a variety of other colors and sometimes can contain either small or large amounts of gold.  These reef lines mainly run or point in a North and South direction, but have been known to have been pushed out of alignment over Millions of Years.

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