Fake Assays & Assayers
September 2000 by Dr. Ralph E. PrayThere may be as many crooked gold assayers in the Southwestern U.S. as there are self-employed honest ones. Right now it looks that way. What can be done to stop the crooks? Why do the scams continue? How can you tell the difference between the good guys and the half-assayers? Who are the crooked ones? Where are they?
Not much has changed along the original stage road that runs easterly from an old schoolhouse northeast of Nogales into the Patagonia Mountains of southern Arizona. Marked on the maps as Duquesne Road, the route has been in use for over 130 years, climbing from the hot desert floor to an almost 6,000-foot elevation pass before dropping back down the eastern slope of the mountains to reach the old mining camps of Washington, Duquesne, and Lochiel.
...it’s been a little known secret that one man was involved in designing many of the most respected very low frequency (VLF) nugget detectors on the market. Dave Johnson has designed gold-oriented detectors for Tesoro, Whites, Fisher and others for more than 25 years.
• "...writing from Kuwait..."
• "...invaluable tools..."
• "Longtime prospector."
Is this a valid claim?
Oleophilic means "affinity to or attracted to oils," and this includes gold an diamonds.
Frank Taylor’s family has been mining in the same area of the Yukon Territory since 1935. He’s been working his current placer operation on Duncan Creek near Mayo since 1975.
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