How Should I Work This Prospect?
September 2020 by Chris Ralph
How big is the deposit? Are there boulders you will need to move? Do you just want to recover the nuggets or do you think there is good fine gold that you will also want to capture?
Let’s set up a thought experiment: Suppose you had some material that ran one ounce per ton gold, which is generally considered high grade to fantastic grade depending on the circumstances.
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?
Every time we prospected here we found gold, sometimes some really coarse flakes, but no large nuggets (yet).
These “people”—and I use that term loosely—worked together with others. What was happening to me was like scenes out of the old James Bond movies.
“I heard him hollering down in the hole as soon as I got there,” he said. “I was just glad to see him alive.”
Sampling gold placers can be rewarding, but remember to treat the samples so you are not high grading or low grading your results. Learn the rules and apply them so your samples are accurate.
The sun was beginning to set, which put the light at just the right angle against the hillsides to where I believed that I spotted a very small dig and tailings pile up the hill near the top of the second wash.
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