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January 2016 by Chris RalphViewing details on Google Earth
Most prospectors understand placer mining a lot better than hard rock mining and don’t realize the amount of work that goes into processing different types of hard rock ore.
I’ve been following the precious metals for decades, and I haven’t seen a move this powerful in many years.
Chris got a nice target signal on the edge of rising bedrock, but still in a low, but washed area. After breaking up the bedrock, he recovered several pieces of gold amounting to almost three pennyweight.
When doing your initial armchair research and selecting potential areas to explore, consider all the indicators, both natural and man-made.
Unfortunately, not all the gold that we prospectors find is pretty, or appealing to the eyes. They are not all nice, bright, shiny nuggets with lots of character that carry high collector value.
The ideal leaching chemical would leave behind what we don't want or need in the ore and take only the valuable metals.
I figure there are a lot of new people out there who have the same question. I will try to give some answers that hopefully will give you more confidence in finding your own spots.
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