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November 2012 by Chris RalphHow do I set up a small placer operation?
Which comes first, claim filing or staking?
• How do I get mining claims appraised?
Centrifugal bowls are very efficient, and with proper operation they can consistently achieve gold recoveries above 95% with gold of about 50 mesh size.
How do I set up a small placer operation?
I regularly get inquiries along the line of: “Hey, I found this rock, and I think it might be gold ore. How can I tell?” Prospectors are always on the lookout for gold-bearing rocks that may be the source of any nearby placer gold.
My intention was to end this discussion with waypoints and routes, then I found USGS maps of the Plainfield Quadrangle.
Augers can be used effectively for placer exploration with certain limitations.
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