Placer Mining At Chititu Creek, Alaska
March 2015 by Jim HalloranThere is reason to believe these stream valleys are still rich with gold, silver and copper.
I believe dry washing is an underappreciated prospecting method. There are plenty of places where there is some pretty decent gold to be had, but the spot is a long way from any water and dry processing may well be the best way to go.
…it was immediately evident the previous owner had not been using a detector. During just a few months of working the dumps part-time, he recovered gold in quartz specimens valued in excess of $40,000.
Centrifugal bowls versus jigs
With a little homework and a methodical approach to sampling, a prospector can determine if a deposit is worthy of more of an investment...
Each specimen is carefully examined to determine if it would be beneficial or not to use an acid treatment to reveal more of the gold.
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.
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