Ask the Experts
May 2014 by Chris RalphSampling and mining a historic mining claim
Q: Since the weather in California is not as nasty as it is in Alaska, would it be advisable to wear the same setups as he wrote about?
How do I set up a small placer operation?
Q: With safety as a given, what can the average miner, or Joe-blow greenhorn do to identify and extract some metals or minerals with off-the-shelf products or natural ingredients?
• Can I get advice on a hard rock property in Calaveras County, California?
Q: I have tried various leaching techniques from which I cannot get a precipitate.
Q: I have a gold claim that the BLM just closed. Should I get compensation for the value of the claim?
Bismuth oxide for assaying?
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