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Determining The Optimal Crushing Size for Gravity Recovery

It’s not easy to figure out what is best without testing, and so a certain level of confusion has developed about how small the ore ought to be crushed.

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Small-Scale Miners Rock the Mining World


With the high price of gold, there are many new prospectors out in the hills all over the United States, and while we would all prefer to be finding those larger nuggets, it doesn’t always work that way. Sometimes all that is available is nothing more than a few small flakes. The truth is, new prospectors are sprouting up all across the planet—especially in the developing nations.

Recent Prospecting in Plumas County


Plumas has been historically rich in gold because of its favorable geology. The Melones Fault trends north-south through the county and many rich gold-bearing districts lie along its course.

Detecting the Fringe Areas


One prime example is an area that I have talked about in many of my articles. This is a very large area and I will actually describe its location again.

Prospecting for Diamonds


Let’s take a look at diamonds and diamond mining and see how they form, how they are used beyond just jewelry, and what leads geologists to find diamond deposits.

Companion Gold


Easing around the bedrock ledges and rock hopping, Terry and I came out into the open and were looking at a nice run of bedrock.

Time Well Spent


Time is a commodity which if traded would dwarf the price of gold. Nobody has enough of it; we can’t make more of it; and whether squandered or spent wisely, once gone, it’s gone forever. To find gold we have to spend time.

The Madonna Nugget


It was down deeper than I expected for surface trash. It wasn't until I was down six inches that the target screamed from my scoop.

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