Gold in Guyana—Part I: Porknocking on the Puruni River Road
July 2012 by Carl BrinkIn part one of this two-part series on gold in Guyana, I describe artisanal mining efforts currently winning alluvial gold from small-scale placer operations located along the lower Puruni River and its tributaries.
…for a few hours, we fervently dug for gold. After we did a cleanup, I couldn’t believe the amount we got.
One of the first things we did while looking at buying the equipment was figuring out how it would dovetail into the milling process we already had in mind.
...your sampling procedures should not be designed to catch gold your mining technique will never recover.
…the process remains much the same: Drill holes, load explosives, close up the holes, blast and muck out the resulting broken rock.
An online video gave me some ideas, and with a lot of trial and error I developed a reliable method of panning free gold particles down below 35 microns quickly and easily.
Setting up a gravity dredge
I didn’t follow-up on this opportunity at that time, as I already had as much on my plate as I could handle, but the potential for this property has never left my mind.
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