Drywashing for Eluvial Gold in the Desert—Using a Portable Drywasher and Hand Tools
February 2005 by Jim StraightOften the gold being recovered by drywashing is too fine to be recovered by metal detecting. For every “detectable” nugget found, there could be hundreds of smaller flakes of non-detectable size. Thus, for those that “read the ground,” and snipe for areas of favorable placer concentration, drywashing will continue to be both an inexpensive...
There are many prospects within the known mineralized area and along the margins of the mineralized area that should be examined for gold and silver.
One of the first minerals most prospectors learn to recognize is quartz, because, in the right circumstances, it can be an excellent indicator mineral for prospectors. Quartz is common, easy to identify, and is often associated with gold and other valuable metal deposits.
Hardrock mining in the US has been hit by a tragic streak of mining accidents in recent months.
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With the strong gold and silver prices we have had for the last couple years, exploration for gold and silver is on the rise around the world. Junior (smaller) exploration firms are out sampling, trenching and drilling their properties.
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Silver was discovered in the mountains as early as 1875, but the first “official” discovery was in 1881.
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