Finding Gold in Tailing Piles
December 2014 by Steve HerschbachOld mine workings and tailing piles can represent opportunities on many levels, from the chance to simply find a nugget on up to the commercial reworking of the old tailings for profit.
Oscar Espinoza considers himself an amateur gold prospector, but the gold nugget he recently found puts many seasoned prospectors to shame.
I had a chance to visit the operation in person and talk with Neal. I was very impressed and I think our readers could learn a lot about building up a commercial placer operation from scratch…
At one time or another, many miners will look seriously at purchasing a mining claim...Usually it’s a significant financial commitment, so how do you know if you are getting a good deal?
Our theory was that a dredge would collect far more material in a shorter period of time, leaving us with ounces of gold every day.
I knew the nuggets got into the nugget patch somehow, I just had to figure out how and from what direction they came.
Fortunately, there are products on the market that can address these problems and make a small-scale mining operation feasible.
While recovery rates are important, they must necessarily be secondary to the volume of material processed. Running more material at lower recovery rates is generally preferable to increasing the efficiency of the system.
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