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Post Water Flow Direction
on: October 30, 2012, 06:41

Sure, I get that the sapphires are generally found in ancient alluvial wash, being old river beds (although not necessarily anything related to the current river beds due to uplift of the land etc.)... but, while digging and finding some large billy boulder I could help thinking that there must be a sapphire BEHIND it (due to an eddy in my imagined picture of the water flow in the ancient river).

BUT... which way was the water flowing?

I can't help thinking, that if you knew what you were looking at, you'd be able to work it out from the way the billy boulders are jammed together. I suspect I'll only have to dig for another 30-40 years before I am so at-one with the rocks that the knowledge makes itself clear.

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Post Re: Water Flow Direction
on: July 26, 2014, 01:52

We just bought some gear and a license - now what?! Is it really just a matter of going to the fossicking areas and digging ? Should we start at a dry river bed ?
Thanks 🙂

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Post Re: Water Flow Direction
on: July 26, 2014, 03:10

Yes, you certainly can do that, but I'd recommend going on Keith's tagalong tour for a day (see the link on the top-right of this page). The reason I say that is you will get an idea about what you are looking for in terms of the "wash"... the old riverbed rocks where the sapphires live.

I say this because the first time we went out was by ourselves, at Glenalva, picked a random spot and started digging. Half way to china, never found "the wash" so we kept on digging. A hole 1.5m deep with nothing but sweat to show for our efforts convinced us we needed a little education! A day with Keith showed us what we were looking for, and then digging by ourselves became more productive.

Best wishes and happy digging!

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