Sharing Gold Fever with a Friend
May 2020 by Ray Mills
While sitting there, I wondered if I should go over the hole again. I did and got a louder signal that turned out being about another twelve inches deep.
The technique I will describe is a much safer alternative and it works. It’s a fine-gold panning technique that eliminates the need for mercury amalgamation of most placer samples.
Doubters be informed, yes, there is gold in Africa—lots of gold—and all the good and bad that comes with it.
We descended hunched over, down a long, steep, wooden staircase to the 1,000-level.
The metal is expensive, not because it is rare but because of the expense to produce and work it. The minerals mined for titanium are all oxides, unlike many base metals that are mostly mined as sulfide minerals.
Across and downstream of our operation was a large pile of huge boulders. It was logical to think that water forces may have deposited gold in and around these boulders. We moved our dredge over and started pulling the rock pile apart.
…to see the huge differences between the gold production amounts of the Western States, let’s look at the gold production—both hard rock and placer—of these 13 states up to the present.
Every time we prospected here we found gold, sometimes some really coarse flakes, but no large nuggets (yet).
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