Principles of Designing Your Mill Production System, Part I: Starting Up
January 2021 by Keith Bowen
One of the issues that prospectors run into when working to upscale from micro-scale hard rock testing to a greater production output, is that they often confuse individual devices or machines with systems.
In part one of this two-part series on gold in Guyana, I describe artisanal mining efforts currently winning alluvial gold from small-scale placer operations located along the lower Puruni River and its tributaries.
…as an academic argument, when mated to the appropriate engine, is the pump really moving water at the rate of 400 GPM?
Because quartz and gold may be deposited together across a considerable range of temperatures, not all quartz veins are the same, and there are several different types of gold-quartz deposits.
This project taught me that you don’t need to be Albert Einstein to apply a little science to your prospecting. I learned that most of the science related to suction dredging is actually common sense. All we need to do is take the time to apply it.
Everyone has heard of the golden beach at Nome, but Nome did not have the richest beach.
Starting small with quick profitability gives you a lot of financial elbow room plus real-world experience that can be used for final mill design.
There is reason to believe these stream valleys are still rich with gold, silver and copper.
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