Ask the Experts—Access to mining claim across private land
December 2011 by Chris Ralph
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.
Some fellow in Texas was selling a Spanish needle—a dousing device used to recover minerals in the old days. Do you know anything about these?
Q: I have a question/request regarding some black sand left from my Dad’s prospecting days.
How do I extract my gold from this ore?
Q: What are the advantages or disadvantages of hand crank vs. battery power vs. blower? And your preference?
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