Therefore, the KY Goldenrod crew arranged to mine in the East on one of the local miner's claims, as the claim is much closer to the Nome harbor, and has a great deal of gold potential. Anything our crew mines, an arranged percentage goes to the claim owner (very common arrangement in Nome). We have a very powerful 10' suction dredge that could really get some gold! And, there in lies the problem. Seems a handful of greedy locals don't want outsiders (lower 48ers) to prospect promising land. It's becoming a political mess. It started with the underwater lease auction date fiasco (we were given a date in December 2011 and the actual date was in September 2011 which we luckily found out about in the nick of time), and it just keeps getting messier! It has political garbage written all over it. Do you smell a rat?
Friday, July 12, 2013
Gold mining in Nome has more than it's share of challenges (as if the technicalities of dredging and Mother Nature aren't enough)! Our claims are many miles West of the Nome harbor. Getting out and back is challenging and time consuming when the weather can change at the drop of a hat. By the time you realize the seas are starting to become rough, if you aren't ready to pack up and turn back for harbor then it is often down right dangerous getting back.
Monday, July 8, 2013
Nome is one of the top 100 placer fields in the world. There are literally millions of ounces of gold all over the area and even under the town itself. Onshore placer gold production from the Nome area between 1897 and 1964 was about 5,000,000 ounces of gold, the greater part of which was derived from placers on the coastal plain.
Profitable gold placers are rarely found more than 6 to 12 miles (10-20 km) from bedrock sources. The Nome Offshore placer area extends from the current offshore beach for 2 miles to water depths of about 60 feet. It extends about 10 miles parallel to the modern strand-line, commencing west of the the mouth of Nome River and continuing westward to the vicinity of Penny River.