Prospecting for Copper—What to Look for on the Outcrop
August 2020 by Tom Turner
For the prospector, knowing what oxidized hydrothermal alteration looks like in the field is an important exploration tool.
Even if you are not ready to cash in right now, it might be good to evaluate your options and make a plan of action so when that day comes you know exactly what to do.
I knew the nuggets got into the nugget patch somehow, I just had to figure out how and from what direction they came.
Over the last several months, starting from before I left for Australia, I’ve been working on getting all the 2011 paperwork done for my mining claims. I will admit that some parts of the paperwork I let go until only a week or two before the due date.
In processing gold, silver and other valuable ores, the minerals containing the values, such as metallic gold, silver-bearing sulfides or other minerals, must be freed from the surrounding host rock before those valuable minerals can be captured.
It was time to prime the pump and start the engine! Dan’s priming method is to use a small, submersible, 12-volt pump. My priming method is to use a hand-operated diaphragm pump.
Unfortunately, not all the gold that we prospectors find is pretty, or appealing to the eyes. They are not all nice, bright, shiny nuggets with lots of character that carry high collector value.
If there is misleading wording anywhere, it will be in the sample data and in reserve/resource estimates.
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