Ask the Experts
December 2013 by Chris RalphOre testing and other advice for starting up a mining operation.
I had never run an impact mill before, but anything involving rocks, water and a big electric motor sounded great.
Everyone has heard of the golden beach at Nome, but Nome did not have the richest beach.
Buying a placer claim or investing in a placer mining property comes with plenty of financial risks. You need as much information as possible about the mineral deposit in order to minimize those risks.
If there is misleading wording anywhere, it will be in the sample data and in reserve/resource estimates.
Another little gem of equipment he built was a nifty sample splitter. In order to get accurate assays, you need to have really good, representative samples for the assayer to process.
I knew the nuggets got into the nugget patch somehow, I just had to figure out how and from what direction they came.
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