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...
The Art of Finding Coarse Gold Part IV—Recovery of Coarse Gold From Alluvial Placers
This last installment in the series will look at methods for finding and recovering coarse gold from alluvial (river and stream) placer environments. Unlike the residual and eluvial placers that we have considered previously, the force of flowing...
What Equipment Do I Need?
Getting started in prospecting often requires the purchase of some equipment, but one can spend as little as $10 and be finding gold or spend thousands and also be finding gold—yet you will probably have many more opportunities and possibilities with more and better equipment.
Diary of a Diamond Prospector
I couldn’t wait to get started. With no field budget, an assay budget of $100/year, a 1975-Ford Bronco that was a road hazard, a gas card, a topo map and full support of the director, I headed to the State Line district near Tie Siding along US Highway 287 to begin mapping kimberlite.
Mining Companies Competing for Labor
Brian Barclay makes a 275-mile commute across Colorado every week to work near this dusty little town, drawn by a natural gas boom that has added trucks, cranes and hundreds of people to the rocky landscape.
Customizing Your Dredge
I am going to suggest dozens of ways you can increase suction power, dredge to greater depths, and improve recovery methods in your sluice box.
Your Guide to Prospecting in Alaska
Alaska is getting a lot of interest these days, not least because of all the gold prospecting shows on television. Hardly a month seems to pass without some new prospecting show being announced, and a couple of the most popular feature Alaska.
Ask The Experts: Small-scale drilling
Q: What is available to a small prospector? How does one prospect (drill) into the walls of an old hard rock mine to see what is 10 feet beyond...
The Bawl Mill • Shortage of Mining Engineers Projected • Ex-MarketWatch Mining Promoter Settles Charges • Carbonatites • Sage-Grouse Listing Denied • The Art of Finding Coarse Gold—Part III • Tongass Approves Kensington Mine Plan • PLP Interim Rule Raffle • California Miners Locate Rich Pocket of Specimen Gold • The Lucky Shot Mine • BC Premier Heralds "Golden Decade" in Forestry and Mining • Claim Filings Up in the Northwest • Canadian Officials Foresee Little Impact From Mine • Coeur d'Alene Mines Sees Future in Bolivia • The Golden Highway—Nevada County • Melman on Gold & Silver • Mining Stock Quotes and Mineral & Metal Prices • Looking Back