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Moth

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Fossicking in the Reward/Washpool area
« on: May 31, 2019, 05:02:28 PM »
Hi all
Third trip to Rubyvale and have previously dug near Washpool, shallow wash but basically unproductive so thinking of moving on. In looking about there are plenty of areas which don't appear to have been touched, yet nearby there is evidence of heavy digging - is it a case of everyone following where others have previously dug or are there indicators to look out for? I would be interested to hear any opinions/theories from anyone with some knowledge .

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Re: Fossicking in the Reward/Washpool area
« Reply #1 on: May 31, 2019, 11:17:30 PM »
My dad used to head out that way a lot. From what he's told me close to everywhere has been done over in that area. Supposedly its been bulldozed multiple times over the years I guess to fill in the holes, level it out and stuff.

He's mentioned digging a big old hole, discovering what they thought was a new wash layer only to end up sieving out a few ringpulls or bottletops.

That would possibly explain the seemingly untouched areas anyway.

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Re: Fossicking in the Reward/Washpool area
« Reply #2 on: June 02, 2019, 10:17:53 AM »
Thanks and appreciate your comments - I have dug 2 holes and in both have found animal dung (looks like sheep or goat but only cattle and roos in this area) so maybe you're right about it being bulldozed over.

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Re: Fossicking in the Reward/Washpool area
« Reply #3 on: June 12, 2019, 08:19:03 AM »
Would appreciate advice from those who know how to read the wash and geology of the area. Have got a hole going following wash, which consists of brown ironstone, a small amount of black ironstone and the usual stones, with rounded quartz 'river pebbles' plenty of larger rounded stones and small to medium 'billies'. got 4 small bits of colour in the area. The wash however appears now pretty loose and I am down around 900cm, which is far deeper than other diggings in the general area - I now have found that beneath the wash the ground consists of a grey gravel/clay type substance with small flecks of white quartz. I have dug a sample hole down around 30cm and there appears no base and no further ironstone. My thoughts, as no further colour, that as there is no base without digging to china I may as well move on - thoughts from those out there with local knowledge.

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Re: Fossicking in the Reward/Washpool area
« Reply #4 on: June 12, 2019, 07:22:50 PM »
Take a geiger counter, it's on my list of places in NSW which are known to have Uranium minerals.
Not a lot, but a simple counter will easily pick out any minerals near the surface.
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Re: Fossicking in the Reward/Washpool area
« Reply #5 on: June 12, 2019, 07:33:17 PM »
Difficult to say moth without seeing the area but it sure sounds like you have dug through the wash. If you need advice maybe see someone from the local miners association (sapphire markets)  or people at the sapphire lapidary club have knowledge of how they dug the stones they are working on. Best advice is to talk to the locals they know and some will help others won't.
Good luck
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Re: Fossicking in the Reward/Washpool area
« Reply #6 on: June 13, 2019, 08:22:53 AM »
Thanks Slippery,
Had another look and you are spot on, the wash is not all that compacted and ends on top of that surface so I will just scratch out the remainder to satisfy myself there is nothing there before moving on.

Called in at the local Lapidary Club yesterday and got some good advice, nice people all willing to offer assistance.

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