Ask the Experts
January 2015 by Chris Ralph• How do I clean up gold encrusted with iron-sulfides?
With a little homework and a methodical approach to sampling, a prospector can determine if a deposit is worthy of more of an investment...
...your sampling procedures should not be designed to catch gold your mining technique will never recover.
Digging in the right spots will produce excellent results, like this group of nuggets taken by the author while metal detecting during the last few months. The biggest nugget is over an ounce.
Another little gem of equipment he built was a nifty sample splitter. In order to get accurate assays, you need to have really good, representative samples for the assayer to process.
The most commonly asked question in metal detecting is, “Which metal detector should I get?” People worry a lot about not getting the right machine. They do not want to waste their money and their time with the wrong metal detector.
I understand that a person without geological knowledge could be daunted reading a geological publication. You can pick out the good stuff from a geological publication without a lot of geological knowledge.
There are loads of new gold prospectors attracted by the current high prices, and so I thought it might be a great time to take a look at what makes some prospectors so much more successful than others.
The Bawl Mill • Ask the Experts • Ask the Experts • Ask the Experts • Return to Chicken, Alaska • The Pothole Patch • All About Pyrite • Diamond Prospecting in Indiana • Significant Progress for California Suction Gold Dredgers • Why Did This Silver Mine Close? -Conclusion • The Ely Copper-Gold District of Nevada • Melman on Gold & Silver • Mining Stock Quotes and Mineral & Metal Prices