Fine Gold Panning Without Using Mercury
March 2012 by Jim HalloranThe technique I will describe is a much safer alternative and it works. It’s a fine-gold panning technique that eliminates the need for mercury amalgamation of most placer samples.
Some of the wire forms are strange and fantastic, with wires sticking out in twisted, seemingly random directions. Others have deformed crystals and all of them have significant value to collectors.
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I detect in a wide array of situations. I like to search for places that no one has been to. I really like to find areas that have never been worked at all.
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