Small-Scale Prospecting & Mining (A Little History)
April 2005 by Jim StraightDuring the 49’er gold rush, because of harsh winters and adverse river conditions, the working season could be restricted for a week or more at a time. Moreover, many of the “argonauts” (a term dating back to the adventures of the early Greek gold seekers in seeking the Golden Fleece), were unprepared both mentally and physically to meet the harsh conditions.
I thought things started off okay until I realized I had forgotten some of my gear and had to return to the house. My troubled start was not helped when my boy came up to me a few minutes after my return to show me his first nugget of the day.
Here's the kicker—for every lost flake there was a five minute penalty added to the time. Lost gold generally meant you didn't make it past the preliminaries.
• More “bull” from Fish & Wildlife
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I was able to remove the gravels with the assistance of a crowbar and I scooped them up with a garden trowel. This gravel contained over a pennyweight of gold and there were several 2-grain and 3-grain pieces…
China is an enormous country, behind only Russia, the United States (incl. Alaska), and Canada in size. It has a teeming population of 1.3 billion, far ahead of any other nation. Most of the population is jammed into the eastern half of China, with the western half being only sparsely inhabited. There are 5 western provinces...
Q: What I would like to know is how to confirm if it is magnesite and the quality.
• Protesters trash the place
• IRS can't keep a secret
• Make way for minimum wage
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