Hand Panning Micro-Fine Gold
May 2017 by Keith Bowen
Once you get down to the black sands or a few tablespoons of material, the technique changes dramatically.
I pulled out the nuggets I had worked on previously and looked at the size of the wire basket that the items to be cleaned are placed into. It looks much like a miniature french fry deep fryer.
It’s worthwhile for the prospector using a metal detector to know a little bit more about the association of iron and gold as well as how iron minerals affect your metal detector.
This assay system of ounces per ton sounds simple enough, but the use of the metric system and the additional measuring terms of “grams per ton” and “parts per million” (ppm) has created some misunderstanding of ore value.
My intention was to end this discussion with waypoints and routes, then I found USGS maps of the Plainfield Quadrangle.
Prospectors have many reasons why they might want to break rocks. These include dividing up a specimen too large to carry.
Which comes first, claim filing or staking?
• How to find info on a particular mining claim
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