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.
Q: How do I improve my small-scale mining operation’s gold production?
In this article, I am going to take a look at three Midwest states and go through some of the prime places for prospectors to find nice local gold there.
• The "no shrimp left behind" act
• Someone has exceeded their credit limit
Massive area-wide forest fires left the air near Fairbanks, Alaska looking like a London fog and smelling like the residue of a fireplace late this August as I left the airport on a recent visit to Freegold Ventures Ltd.
When I started dredging a short distance downstream from that feature I realized that I was into a major paystreak and much of the gold was coming right out of the upper gravel. I could see the chunky pieces falling out of the gravel as they were pulled into...
On our fourth trip, we finally reached the top edge of the old hydraulic pit, and it was monstrous.
It is hard to imagine any month during the thirty years I have been writing this column which had more bombshell headlines than the past thirty days.
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