Ask The Experts
August 2016 by Chris RalphWhich comes first, claim filing or staking?
Questions regarding patented and unpatented mining claims and the legal rights surrounding them.
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?
I understand that a person without geological knowledge could be daunted reading a geological publication. You can pick out the good stuff from a geological publication without a lot of geological knowledge.
Ore testing and other advice for starting up a mining operation.
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.
How do I set up a small placer operation?
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