Cutbacks at S. African Mines—Britain Blamed
August 1999 by Associated PressSouth African gold miners are turning their anger towards Britain, charging that the sale of 25 tons of gold by the Bank of England has depressed gold prices and put them out of work.
This fine gold that is so common is probably the most notorious for eluding our riffles and mattings.
Q: With safety as a given, what can the average miner, or Joe-blow greenhorn do to identify and extract some metals or minerals with off-the-shelf products or natural ingredients?
For simplicity, I will assume that you wish to make enough profit so that you can comfortably pay your bills using just the profits from the mine.
My intention was to end this discussion with waypoints and routes, then I found USGS maps of the Plainfield Quadrangle.
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.
Which comes first, claim filing or staking?
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