Ask the Experts
November 2012 by Chris RalphHow do I set up a small placer operation?
Q: I am in the process of filing an appeal with my lawyer, but am seeking more “expert” advice in the arenas of “mining claims” and BLM jurisdiction.
Once I have established the presence of gold in the sample, I collect five-gallon bucket quantities of the rock material for processing back at my shop.
The zone of influence of each sample must be carefully considered when deciding how far sample sites should be spaced from each other.
When you think about the extremes to which a miner will go to get a little gold, it occurred to me beach gold could be "easy pickings."
Once all the numbers from all the samples and water tests are compiled, a snapshot of the performance of each tank in the process circuit can be seen side-by-side.
Solar energy can be used for any size placer or hard rock mining operation. It is most practical for small and longer-term operations provided your mine is not located in a dense forest.
Q: Can you offer any information on proper mining claim procedures?
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