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January 2015 by Chris Ralph• How do I get mining claims appraised?
Fascinated by the sapphires—and the gold that occured with them—he was soon buying parcels of property and setting up his own commercial-scale gravel processing plants.
• How to find info on a particular mining claim
I frequently get asked, "What should I look for when I am out prospecting that will tell me there are good amounts of gold present in the ground?"
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.
When doing your initial armchair research and selecting potential areas to explore, consider all the indicators, both natural and man-made.
How to go about the entire process of prospecting is a big question. The answer comes down to research and preparation.
I love to dry wash old nugget patches found by detector operators, and I have found my fair share of gold dry washing those areas. I have also found a few nuggets using a detector on the bedrock exposed by dry washing the patches.
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