Common Operations—Small-Scale Mining and Sharing the "Take"
March 2006 by Jim StraightThe “Forty-niners,” known as “Argonauts,” separated the loose gold known as “wet diggin’s” from the river gravels using a wash pan. The pan was made of tin or iron and had a flat bottom and sloping sides.
We walked around for hours in amazement like little kids that just got let loose in a toy store without adult supervision.
The method is based on the fact that gold is much denser than quartz, and the more gold that is present in a specimen, the higher the density of the piece will be as a whole.
Gold mineralization is usually first noted in an area by examining material weathered from the source and liberated or washed downhill from it.
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