Ask The Experts
May 2016 by Chris Ralph
• Any suggestions about gold panning in Oregon?
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...
What are these rocks?
Q: I would like to know how to use a classifier when I dump my gravel into my sluice box. I would also like to know what sizes classifiers come in. I know that they are in sizes like -3/4. What does the “minus” in the size mean? Thanks for any help you can give me.
Why are there no maps of the so-called mining districts?
• Using drywashers to work desert gravels
Q: Can you suggest some family and dog friendly vacation spots in California where I can also do some sniping?
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