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Recovering Fine Gold with Oleophilic Adhesion

Oleophilic means "affinity to or attracted to oils," and this includes gold an diamonds.

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Iowa Hill District


For the last two years we’ve held a hands-on prospectors training session in the Iowa Hill district of California’s Mother Lode country as a part of our Gold Prospecting and Mining Summit event. Because of this, I thought it might be good to take a look at the history, geology and opportunities that the Iowa Hill district still offers to the individual prospector.

The Challenge of Winter Dredging


Dredges actually do pretty well in freezing conditions. There are a few tips you should know, however.

Trash! A Hindrance Or Hot Spot For Hidden Gold?


I love it when I am in the middle of a high trash area and all the ferrous bars go away, the screen number goes to a three or an eight, and the meter is forty to a hundred. I don’t know for sure that I have found gold, but it narrows the odds down.

A Good Start


We split up in order to cover a larger area and found good color almost everywhere. The bedrock was shallow on both sides of the river, but the inside bend was where we concentrated our prospecting.

The “Push” for Gold—The Great Nevada Adventure Continues


I got a signal but knew it was small. Still, I was very happy to find something. I continued and got another signal. Yes! A bigger nugget! Then I got another signal.

Just Another Ordinary Weekend


There was no evidence that anyone else had ever worked this gully with the exception of some old sample piles near the foot of the ravine.

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