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December 2014 by Chris Ralph• Determining the amount of gold in a specimen
Last month I wrote an article entitled “Good Assays and Bad,” which gathered a few comments.
Improper sampling techniques lead to more avoidable heartache than almost anything else in micro mining.
Once a seam is found it can be traced for miles in either direction. While you are tracing a clay line, you are looking for indicators. The indicators that I look for are ironstone, hematite, different color clays intermingled with the clay line, and a very iron-rich, brown gritty soil.
Sampling gold placers can be rewarding, but remember to treat the samples so you are not high grading or low grading your results. Learn the rules and apply them so your samples are accurate.
His brother’s friend showed him a vial of gold that originated from his family’s mine in Honduras. Within two weeks Ernie had flown to Honduras to get a first-hand tour of the historic mine and the primitive operation underway to recover the gold.
Designing my own dredge...
Some ask if a prospector can collect an entire ounce in a day. It is possible; I’ve done it before.
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