Ask the Experts
July 2014 by Chris RalphWhat to do with black sands
What are the steps for filing a mining claim?
Q: Set up a small portable operation or send the ore to a custom mill?
Q: Exactly how does amalgamation work? Does it “melt” the gold (or copper, or silver, etc.) and form an alloy? If one leaves a piece of gold in mercury, will the entire sample become an amalgam (combination) of gold and mercury? Or does it only affect the surface...
Some fellow in Texas was selling a Spanish needle—a dousing device used to recover minerals in the old days. Do you know anything about these?
Is this a valid claim?
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