Ask The Experts - What does a prospector look for when seeking ores?
May 2020 by Chris Ralph
Q: Would a mining company be interested in this area for just the magnetite?
Q: ...It’s a 2,000-acre property that was mined 100 years ago, still has the old workings, tailings, etc. I am looking to recover gold from the old waste/tailings... plus possibly strip mine some of it. What are my options?
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.
• Should I focus efforts on this particular rock type?
Bismuth oxide for assaying?
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