Small-Scale Miners Rock the Mining World
August 2012 by Chris RalphWith the high price of gold, there are many new prospectors out in the hills all over the United States, and while we would all prefer to be finding those larger nuggets, it doesn’t always work that way. Sometimes all that is available is nothing more than a few small flakes. The truth is, new prospectors are sprouting up all across the planet—especially in the developing nations.
These are just some of the ways I have been able to find new spots to metal detect for gold.
The old report I read indicated all they ever did was dig some trenches and take samples. It sounded to me like a good place to take my metal detector...
My third sample location proved to be my last and most interesting. I needed to look no further.
Prospectors have many reasons why they might want to break rocks. These include dividing up a specimen too large to carry.
My first personal experience with placer diamonds was on a gold prospecting trip in Indiana about 8 years ago, when a fellow prospector was cleaning his gold concentrates.
While a large number of locations have yielded some placer gold, most of the state’s placer production has come from a few productive districts.
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