Montana’s Rosetta Stone: Discovering Mines In The Treasure State
May 2015 by Don MadoreThis is the intelligent way to start modern prospecting. The value of literary research yields challenging outings, specimens, history and geologic research.
• How small should I crush my hard rock ore?
With a little homework and a methodical approach to sampling, a prospector can determine if a deposit is worthy of more of an investment...
• How to find info on a particular mining claim
When doing your initial armchair research and selecting potential areas to explore, consider all the indicators, both natural and man-made.
Exposed veins and outcroppings can be a great source for gathering good gold ore for processing. Veins and outcroppings do require a lot of work to free the ore from its earthen grip, but this labor can be very rewarding.
The excavator or backhoe has become the tool of choice for testing placer ground. These machines are the best way to explore and sample a placer deposit if the ground is not too wet or frozen and bedrock is not beyond the reach of the machine.
The problems of the submersible dredge tube are addressed by the subsurface dredge, where the enclosed sluice recovery tube is suspended from a flotation assembly...
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