Picks & Pans: Detecting in Kauai, Hawaii
July 2000 by Steve HerschbachWinter in Alaska! What is an Alaskan gold miner to do? Go somewhere warm to look for gold, that's what!
If it's gold, how should I clean it?
…for a few hours, we fervently dug for gold. After we did a cleanup, I couldn’t believe the amount we got.
In underground placer work, the contact point of the bedrock tunnel and the gravel is a very weak point and always has to be timbered. The bedrock here is thin, fractured, and the gravels loose from many years of oxidizing.
Most fire assayers are trained to observe the cupelled beads very carefully, noting any discoloring or surface roughness that might indicate that one or more of the platinum group metals (PGMs) are present. The “clues and tests” I have included in this article stem from several sources, including my 35 years of experience performing torch assays...
Depth is not an issue unless the site is thoroughly cleaned of shallow trash, and it is far easier to isolate and remove targets using a small coil in a target rich location.
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