December 2003 by StaffExcerpts from California Mining Journal, our original title, published 50 years ago this month.
Welcome back to our mining claim. In part one we located our claim, sunk our shaft, and stored some ore in the ore bin. Now we must decide how we are going to extract the gold. We briefly discussed setting up a lab in a 40-foot semi-trailer at the mine site, so let’s decide what we are going to need in the lab.
As we have noted through the years, perhaps the most direct, single influence on the future of gold and silver is their monetary opposite—currencies in general, the US Dollar in particular.
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It was the middle of winter and the valley was covered in snow, making prospecting a matter of sinking shafts in the ground.
The specific gravity of chalcedony is 2.58 to 2.64. This is slightly lower than coarsely crystalline quartz because of slight porosity in chalcedony. Being so light, it will easily wash out of a gold pan.
We spent more time that first day moving rocks than we did sending material over the sluices. Even so, our cleanup was quite respectable for having only moved down to a depth of a couple feet.
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