Ask The Experts
August 2016 by Chris RalphWhich comes first, claim filing or staking?
My intention was to end this discussion with waypoints and routes, then I found USGS maps of the Plainfield Quadrangle.
When you think about the extremes to which a miner will go to get a little gold, it occurred to me beach gold could be "easy pickings."
There are not a lot of tools needed to get out and take advantage of the situation. Other than my wetsuit, I typically travel light with a gold pan, maybe a pry bar and a few crevice cleaning tools.
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.
• Homestake Mining Company
• Placer Dome Inc.
• AZCO Mining Inc.
• Guyana Diamond Corp.
• Canadian Mining Company, Ltd.
• Hecla Mining Company
• Pan American Silver Corp.
Once I have established the presence of gold in the sample, I collect five-gallon bucket quantities of the rock material for processing back at my shop.
How do mines and refiners deal with doré bars?
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