The Basics of Exploration Leases and Contracts—Part I
February 2019 by Chris Ralph
Let’s take a look at these important property aspects individually, because they all affect the value of a property and how much mining companies might or might not be interested acquiring it.
Easing around the bedrock ledges and rock hopping, Terry and I came out into the open and were looking at a nice run of bedrock.
Patience and persistence is the name of the game when you are detecting this way for gold, as you will have to do a lot of work preparing the ground to detect with any degree of success.
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.
As I laid in my Jeep and tried to get some rest, I began to realize how tired I was. I felt like a little kid who walked around Disneyland for 12 hours with his parents.
At the end of the day, Jerry showed me how to clean out the sluice box and then how to pan out the concentrates. As we finished panning, there it was—a little tiny smile of gold...
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.
We all love to see that first glimmer of gold when it peeks out from under the black sand in our pan, or feel the weight of a nugget in our scoop when we dig a good target. But sometimes things don’t go quite so smoothly.
The Bawl Mill • Ask The Experts - Do I need something other than a fire assay for PGMs? • Ask The Experts - This low-grade ore is not worth processing • Placer Gold Deposits of New Mexico • The Hunch • Resurrecting An Old Hard Rock Mine—A Series of Small Victories • Gold Prospecting for Better or Worse: A Long Hike • Mutiny on The Mason • Who Jumped Whose Claim First? • The Value of Evidence • Over The Divide: Charles "Chuck" Cushman • Melman on Gold & Silver • Mining Stock Quotes and Mineral & Metal Prices