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Motion Sustained #4
20.00 Acres
Unpatented Placer Claim
Sierra County, New Mexico
Chloride Mining District
Black Range Geological District
NMC# 105752499
Price:  4,750 USD

Primary Metal
Gold

Metal Form
Fines, Flakes

Overview

The motion sustained #6 unpatented placer claim is a 20.00 acre placer claim located in Sierra County, New Mexico within the geologically rich and diverse Black Range Geology district outside of the historic good boom town of Chloride New Mexico

 

History

The area surrounding the claim is rich in gold lode mines that date all the way back to 1880.  The majority of these lode mines followed a Northwest/Southwest strike zones and Northeast to Southwest geological trends.  The stream beds run generally in a West/East direction which creates the perfect storm for gold to be eroded off of the vein structures and flow into the creek beds to be deposited over millions of years.Dry creek was worked on a very small primitive scale during the 1880's by individual miners and has been barren from placer mining since then.

 

Weather

The creek bed is dry almost all year long except when flash storms violently move through the area depositing new gold and altering the location of gravel and sand bars while exposing fresh gravels and untouched bedrock.The weather is good on the claim year round to mine almost year round.

 

 

Desert Mining Methods

Since the creek is dry almost all year long, traditional water based primary washing and sluicing trammels and shaker plants are not ideal for this area unless the equipment is very small and water can be recirculated.The ideal desert gold recovery methods are dry washing and metal detecting.  Both methods are affordable, extremely effective and most importantly fun!.  Dry washing utilizes no water and rely on forced air and vibration to separate the gold and other heavy minerals from the lighter materials within the pay streak.Metal detecting is an easy way to cover large amounts of ground and take advantage of the exposed bedrock crevices known to trap nuggets.

 

Claim Topography

The canyon is very steep on either side of the creek and the creek bed is fairly narrow.  This creates the perfect natural sluice to concentrate gold in a small acreage footprint versus wider creeks.The added value of a narrow and steep creek structure is when rain events move thru the area the velocity of the water can increase significantly potentially depositing more gold but the force of the water an alter the location of sand and gravel bars exposing fresh ground, while most importantly new bedrock cracks.

 

 

Access

The claim is very easily accessible from the town of Chloride New Mexico which is about 3 miles away from the claim.  The roads to the claim are dirt Forest Service roads that follow the wash up valley.  This claim is accessible by a regular pickup truck or SUV.  Camping is allowed on the claim for up to 14 days at a time.

 

 

Geopolitical 

New Mexico is a very mining friendly state to small miners and prospectors working their claims all the way up to Muti national mining companies and everywhere in between.  Having ruled on mineral prospecting and mining since the 1880's mining is an important part of New Mexico's economy and is deeply woven into the fabric of New Mexico.  The greater Chloride/Winston area has numerous mines actively permitted and operating.