Why Haven't They Mined This Claim?
May 2011 by Jim HalloranImprovements in mining equipment and techniques, along with a higher gold price, make many mining properties profitable today that may not have been in the past.
Whether you are placer or hard rock gold mining, maximizing the efficiency of your recovery process is very important to success, and accurate testing is necessary to do so.
Each specimen is carefully examined to determine if it would be beneficial or not to use an acid treatment to reveal more of the gold.
For the prospector, knowing what oxidized hydrothermal alteration looks like in the field is an important exploration tool.
Gold and jade are actually only minor mineral resources for the Northwestern Alaska region as a whole. Modern prospecting has focused more on base metal than precious metal resources.
Everyone has heard of the golden beach at Nome, but Nome did not have the richest beach.
Solar energy can be used for any size placer or hard rock mining operation. It is most practical for small and longer-term operations provided your mine is not located in a dense forest.
Because quartz and gold may be deposited together across a considerable range of temperatures, not all quartz veins are the same, and there are several different types of gold-quartz deposits.
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