Recovering Fine Gold with Oleophilic Adhesion
April 2014 by Alex DolbeareOleophilic means "affinity to or attracted to oils," and this includes gold an diamonds.
We all love to see that first glimmer of gold when it peeks out from under the black sand in our pan, or feel the weight of a nugget in our scoop when we dig a good target. But sometimes things don’t go quite so smoothly.
When working fine gold placers with a drywasher, there are some natural variables that can be beneficial as well as others that can be a hindrance to achieving good recovery.
Even with my favorite top-of-the-line gold detector there were several false digs. Many of the hot rocks gave a solid signal that was too much like a nugget to ignore. After trying several tests I just dug everything because it is better to be safe than leave a big, deep nugget for a more diligent gold hunter.
My hunch was that the gold is coming down the apron, falling off to both sides and into both gulches. I say that because the gold we found previously has the same characteristics and color across the entire area.
Over 200 panners competed in this two-day event to decide who was the best of the best.
Want to find a lot more gold when you get out there to prospect? Well I’ve put together ten ideas that I think will help you become more successful…
The Bawl Mill • Ask the Experts • Ask the Experts • Ask the Experts • Ask the Experts • Ask the Experts • Ask the Experts • Mining for Gold and Sapphires in Montana • Contrary to Rumors, Couple Will Keep the Saddle Ridge Hoard • Finding Gold with a VLF Detector—Part I • Creating Your Own Luck • Over the Divide—Robert Michael “Mike” Corbley • Continuing Hard Rock Exploration • Detecting for Gold in Nevada • Using Structural Clues to Locate Buried Placer Channels • Gold Deposits of the Ivory Coast • Melman on Gold & Silver • Mining Stock Quotes and Mineral & Metal Prices