So You Want To Be A Full-Time Prospector?
March 2011 by Chris RalphThe high price of gold and the poor economic conditions here in the US have created an unusual situation—a large number of folks are thinking seriously about getting into prospecting and digging for gold on a full-time basis.
Our group of independent miners have been busy crafting a uniquely designed ladder/ore cart track from the bottom of an 85-foot mine shaft in a historical hard rock mine.
Some ask if a prospector can collect an entire ounce in a day. It is possible; I’ve done it before.
Carbon, activated charcoal, or “char,” as some old timers refer to it, can be an assayer’s nightmare.
What are the steps for filing a mining claim?
Q: Can you offer any information on proper mining claim procedures?
After your excitement peaks when you first receive the high gold assay from the vein you just exposed, you ponder how you will extract and sell your gold. You will need to develop a flow sheet for your process to optimize your recovery and minimize your costs and permit requirements.
Want to find a lot more gold when you get out there to prospect? Well I’ve put together ten ideas that I think will help you become more successful…
The Bawl Mill • Ask The Experts—Do I still have rights to this mining claim? • Ask The Experts—What is a "closed" claim? • Eastern Arizona: Gold and Base Metal Deposits Part II • Rediscovering Placerville, California Part II • Prospecting With The Help of Fluvial Geomorphology • Oregon Anti-Dredging Bill • Mud Men: Pocket Miners of Southwest Oregon Part II • The Gold of Plumas de Oro • Melman on Gold & Silver • Mining Stock Quotes and Mineral & Metal Prices