Good WA Ironstone/Laterite Ground

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Good WA Ironstone/Laterite Ground

Post by Guest on Tue 27 Mar 2012, 2:52 pm

This type of ground in WA can give up some ripper gold, and some really good patches.




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Re: Good WA Ironstone/Laterite Ground

Post by the speciman on Tue 27 Mar 2012, 3:27 pm

ye good lookin ground that pete nice red dirt too!!
good scratchin
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Re: Good WA Ironstone/Laterite Ground

Post by pilbarachad on Tue 27 Mar 2012, 5:18 pm

Thank for the pics Pete.

I know a spot that looks quite similar to that not too far from a known gold producing area. I did stop there once and have a bit of a half hearted swing with out any luck. With almost no quartz at this spot i thought maybe i was wasting my time. Might be worth heading back again.
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Re: Good WA Ironstone/Laterite Ground

Post by Guest on Tue 27 Mar 2012, 5:43 pm

Have found gold in ground like that with only one small bit o Qrtz every hunjee feet,

If you look closely at the ironstone you'll notice two different types there, the jet black angular
stuff is Highly weathered BIF or Banded Ironstone Formation, the other is ya common Laterite ironstone
and the dirt is the broken down parts of both.
The gold in areas like these tends to be on the contact zone of the two types.

When looking for these types of areas on Geo Maps look for the Symbol "CZL"(ironstone gravel plains) & "Aci" (Banded
ironstone Formation BIF) and head for the contact zones of the two.

More reading on Laterite's and how they develop - http://www.laterite.de/

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Re: Good WA Ironstone/Laterite Ground

Post by pilbarachad on Tue 27 Mar 2012, 6:13 pm

Thanks again- i guess ill be hunting for contact zones next time im out that way. Very Happy
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