Ask The Experts
March 2015 by Jan AlexanderQ: Conflicting advice on motorized small-scale mining equipment
What is claim relocation?
Q: I have a gold claim that the BLM just closed. Should I get compensation for the value of the claim?
How does one determine who owns a mining claim?
Q: Could you write more about the last two methods that you mentioned—the expanding chemical mixtures and the micro blasters, how and when to use them, and when not to use them?
While there is no metal detector that will see only gold, there is a device that can reliably distinguish gold from lead, copper, iron or other metals. It is an X-Ray fluorescence tester, sometimes called an XRF gun.
Problems finding gold with a detector
Q: Are there any mills that handle VMS ore?
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