Ask The Experts
April 2016 by Chris Ralph• Can I find enough gold to make a living with only hand tools?
Q: I would like to know where I can find information on the Abby mine located at Hildreth, CA.
Ore processing in California?
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.
Bad advice from Fish & Game
Q: Aside from the softness scratch test and other methods of identification, what feedback would you have on identifying gold in hard rock that may be mixed with other metals that affect its color?
Is Burkina Faso safe for prospecting?
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