Recovering Values from Black Sands
May 2007 by Chris RalphEvery placer miner has to deal with it in one form or another, and some locations have it far worse than others, but nearly every placer has at least some of it: black sand. It collects in our concentrates and gets in the way of recovering our fine gold.
Most of us know making a profit as a small-scale miner is difficult; however, sometimes we combine luck with a little skill and bring home a few ounces of the yellow stuff.
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Gold was found in California a few years before the first official finds were made in Australia. It was on February 12, 1851, that Edward Hammond Hargreaves flashed around specks of gold he’d found in nearby Lewis Ponds Creek and sparked the...
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