January 2013 by Tom KunklerThis past summer, a two-week adventure in Alaska and other gold prospecting trips turned out to be some of my greatest life experiences.
I have found gold more than 200 feet above the river. It was not unusual for nuggets of an ounce or more to be found in these deposits, but fine gold and flakes are much more common.
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.
Sampling other people's stockpiles or dumps has some inherent risks that sampling undisturbed ground does not have.
How rich does a hard rock ore have to be for it to be worthwhile to process and extract the gold?
Detecting is not very complicated and the rewards can be tremendous. The difference between success and fruitless toiling can be remedied by a few small adjustments and a whole lot of perseverance.
The zone of influence of each sample must be carefully considered when deciding how far sample sites should be spaced from each other.
There you’re expected to be personally responsible in making decisions, and yes, it can be costly. When you are responsible for your own life, you live life more, and with it you certainly risk more.
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