There is a some very good reasons why you should go salt lake metal detecting even though the environment is harsh and hot and metal detectors just scream and are hard to tune when you are near salt.
Although salt lakes are not the last frontier to find gold nuggets there is certainly plenty of gold on those lakes, even if just because it is too difficult and noisy to detect there.
Here is some reasons why you might like to go salt lake metal detecting in WA;
98 grams of sparkling salt lake gold
98 grams of salt lake gold detected on Lake Annean with AI or Salt Coils
I used the Gold Mine Finder Software to pull out the GPS points for some Old Gold Mines around a Salt Lake in the goldfields then uploaded them to Oziexplorer to illustrate some points about metal detecting targets in salt lakes.
The example above using part of a 1:100000 Geo Map for Lake Cowan shows areas in Salt Lakes around goldfields that might be prospective for Gold Nuggets
The Best Areas for Metal Detecting around Salt Lakes
There are unique problems on salt lakes caused by the sun and glare from the salt which can massively increase temperatures and fluid loss.
The shimmering mirage and false horizons on a salt lake will also affect your sense of direction if you wander a great distance around and over salt lakes.
So Beware and make sure you take precautions such as;
We have tested the 18 inch Coiltek AI coils to see if they helped detecting on noisy salt lakes and the results are on the Coiltek AI Coils page which also discusses detector settings and techniques for Salt Lake Metal Detecting. These dont appear to be available, now just the Coiltek 11" Round AI, 14" round AI, 17x11" AI and 40x20 Drag AI Coil.
So dont disregard salt lakes, make sure you keep an Anti Interference coil handy when you travel to the goldfields, it may add an extra option to help you find gold!
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