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January 2015 by Chris Ralph• How do I clean up gold encrusted with iron-sulfides?
We’ve been busy with a plethora of projects, all aimed at gathering gold into a pile big enough to brag about. We’re not there yet, but I’ll show you some of the interesting projects we’ve completed since we talked last.
Q: I am looking for a “trommel machine” that doesn’t separate anything but clay slurry from rock hard clay.
Which comes first, claim filing or staking?
The solution focused on the relative difference in malleability between gold and waste, rather than the difference in density exploited by gravity circuits.
Now it was time for the nerve-wracking part of the job: actually removing anything from the hanging wall we deemed to be in need of removal because it was either loose, could be loose, looked loose, or we felt it was just downright dangerous
...your sampling procedures should not be designed to catch gold your mining technique will never recover.
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?
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