Explosives and Mining
July 2011 by Jack W. PetersExplosives used correctly will save you both time and money being one of the best and most productive tools you can use.
If there is misleading wording anywhere, it will be in the sample data and in reserve/resource estimates.
Chris got a nice target signal on the edge of rising bedrock, but still in a low, but washed area. After breaking up the bedrock, he recovered several pieces of gold amounting to almost three pennyweight.
Once I have established the presence of gold in the sample, I collect five-gallon bucket quantities of the rock material for processing back at my shop.
The ideal leaching chemical would leave behind what we don't want or need in the ore and take only the valuable metals.
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.
How to go about the entire process of prospecting is a big question. The answer comes down to research and preparation.
Choosing the right method to move your ore and waste is all about making the right choices. Sometimes more than one method may be used during the life of a mine as an operation expands and grows.
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