Prospecting in the Age of Covid-19
May 2020 by Chris Ralph
I have a bunch of ideas about what to do in the near term and then other thoughts about what things might look like a few months from now when I hope the situation will look a lot better.
• Making a noisy dredge more quiet
The design of metal detectors well-suited for prospecting is an interesting process and not necessarily an easy one to achieve. It is a combination that blends the desires of what prospectors would like, the requirements of sales people and dealers, with the science and physics of what the electronics can achieve.
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.
I was able to remove the gravels with the assistance of a crowbar and I scooped them up with a garden trowel. This gravel contained over a pennyweight of gold and there were several 2-grain and 3-grain pieces…
I cleared the connector by poking a small Phillips screwdriver through it. To ensure the bore was clean, I dunked the connector into some water and then blew it clean with my shop air compressor.
This same concept is true of many of our modern-day rivers, and we have to find out where their gold originated if we can.
…for a few hours, we fervently dug for gold. After we did a cleanup, I couldn’t believe the amount we got.
The Bawl Mill • Ask The Experts - What does a prospector look for when seeking ores? • Ask The Experts - Is a detector any good at discriminating pyrite or chalcopyrite in ferrous-reject mode? • Ask The Experts - Does the Journal know if any gold mining has been shut down over the Covid-19 virus? • Ask The Experts - Is this a promising assay? • Ask The Experts - How do you utilize magnets in your prospecting equipment? • Ask The Experts - Is using hydrogen peroxide a good indicator for PGMs? • A Note from the Editor • Going Over Old Ground With Newer Technology • Hard Rock 101: Breaking Rock—Part I • Tips and Tricks • Sharing Gold Fever with a Friend • Panning on North Fork American Yields Good Gold • Gold Prospecting for Better or Worse: Dum-Dum Dodges a Boom-Boom • 'Wormholes'—Reckless Adventure • All About Lead Minerals, Silver and Gold • Melman on Gold & Silver • Mining Stock Quotes and Mineral & Metal Prices