Prospecting & Detecting
Piggin' for Gold
May 2015 by Tom LeftwichTake a look at the picture—it’s pretty simple and you can build it yourself.
Nevada Miners: Check Your Claim Markers
The Nevada Senate introduced SB108 in 2009 to prohibit PVC piping utilized by miners to stake mining claims.
Small-Scale Processing of Hard Rock Ores
Depending on the ore and if significant sulfides are present, a hard rock miner may be able to get away with simply using a flux to digest the other minerals that may be present.
What's Left Behind
I love to see old-timer workings while I am out detecting for gold. For one thing, it assures me that gold came from there. Second, it tells me gold should almost certainly still be there.
All About Native Silver
Some of the wire forms are strange and fantastic, with wires sticking out in twisted, seemingly random directions. Others have deformed crystals and all of them have significant value to collectors.
Residual Placers: An Often Overlooked Gold Source
Because the forces of erosion and gravity tend to carry lighter materials like quartz away more easily, the heavy minerals like gold or silver will tend to be concentrated in the general area around the vein outcrop. These concentrations are what make residual placers so attractive.
Revisiting an Old Mine in Idaho Reaps Rewards
Our research indicated this whole area had been claimed by Newmont mining company for several years, but when the price of gold dropped they let the claims expire, and we confirmed this with the local BLM office.
Crystallized Gold Mines of California
Gold specimens that include visible crystal formations are among the rarest, most attractive and most valuable forms of gold to be found.
The Bawl Mill • Ask The Experts • Ask The Experts • California's Mother Lode Quartz Veins • Key to Successful Prospecting: Confidence • What To Look For—And Look Out For—In A Placer Mineral Report • Additional Note on Bluff's Beach • Surface Indications Of Quartz Adularia Epithermal Deposits • Montana’s Rosetta Stone: Discovering Mines In The Treasure State • Perception of Mining vs. Reality • Partnering for Tax Savings • Over The Divide: Charles Lewis Garrett • Mining Stock Quotes and Mineral & Metal Prices • Melman on Gold & Silver
Legislative and Regulatory Update • Update on MMAC & PLP