Desert pavement is a mix of stones and pebbles that looks like a parking lot made up of flattened gravel. Surface rocks are bound tightly together in a mosaic like pattern. Wind has scoured this rock and gravel of its sand and other lighter material over millions of years. Detecting should be considered if a great deal of quartz is present. Values should be better exposed than the nearby desert with its always present overburden of alluvium. Desert pavement is ecologically fragile and should never be driven on.
Detecting on Desert Pavement from Thomas Farley on Vimeo.
Photo of surrounding area. This is near HWY 160 and Crystal Road in southern Nye County, Nevada.
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