Ask the Experts
May 2014 by Chris RalphSampling and mining a historic mining claim
Q: If a high banker is outfitted with a suction hose, is it considered a dredge in CA even if it is sitting on the ground? Also, how do I find the best places to sell raw gold (flour, pickers, nuggets, gold in quartz, etc.)?
Can a metal detector be used to find limonitic gossan material?
Is Burkina Faso safe for prospecting?
Q: I have a gold mine in Colorado. There was an assay done which stated [there is] a lot of quartz within the mine. What is the cheapest way to mine it for gold? I don’t have the money for mills, etc. Can I do it by hand (during summer holidays), and how would I get started?
• Can I get advice on a hard rock property in Calaveras County, California?
Shaker tables and jigs
Q: How much gold do I have per ton and how can I improve my assay method?
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