Ask The Experts
May 2016 by Chris Ralph
• How small should I crush my hard rock ore?
We sent them a lot of information, including my presentation about the area and its potential. We were excited to learn a couple weeks later that the company was interested in the property.
Perhaps the most notable thing about skim placers is that they form on the top surface of gravel bars, as opposed to coarser gold placers where the weight of the gold particles allows the gold to settle down on or near bedrock.
When you approach a location, even if you've been there before, you should consider all the factors and conditions present at the site. This includes both natural and man-made factors.
Improper sampling techniques lead to more avoidable heartache than almost anything else in micro mining.
Because quartz and gold may be deposited together across a considerable range of temperatures, not all quartz veins are the same, and there are several different types of gold-quartz deposits.
The zone of influence of each sample must be carefully considered when deciding how far sample sites should be spaced from each other.
Some ask if a prospector can collect an entire ounce in a day. It is possible; I’ve done it before.
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