Ask The Experts
June 2015 by Chris RalphIf it's gold, how should I clean it?
If it's gold, how should I clean it?
Q: I’ve thought about renting an XRF gun with gold specific software to use for exploration this spring.
Q: The nearest access to the claim is a half mile walk, which is tough for a lode claim.
Q: Exactly how does amalgamation work? Does it “melt” the gold (or copper, or silver, etc.) and form an alloy? If one leaves a piece of gold in mercury, will the entire sample become an amalgam (combination) of gold and mercury? Or does it only affect the surface...
The concentrate is just the heaviest of the heavy minerals but some sulfides are sneaking in there also with the gold...
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