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Ask The Experts: “Energy” coming from black sand?


Q: I have a question/request regarding some black sand left from my Dad’s prospecting days.

Ask The Experts: Assay problem or recovery problem?


Q: I have tried various leaching techniques from which I cannot get a precipitate.

Ask the Experts: What type of wetsuit do I need?


Q: Since the weather in California is not as nasty as it is in Alaska, would it be advisable to wear the same setups as he wrote about?

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Ask The Experts: Is this BLM demand legitimate?


Q: The Arizona BLM state office has started sending out registered letters to association placer claim holders...

Ask The Experts: Should I remove someone else’s claim post from my claim?


Q: Can and should you remove their poles and notice right then and there or should you wait until you have convinced them of their trespass?

Ask The Experts: Question about resolving a quitclaim error


Q: I am in the process of filing an appeal with my lawyer, but am seeking more “expert” advice in the arenas of “mining claims” and BLM jurisdiction.

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• Is there a standard contract for placer mining to use with a private property owner?

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• Is there a single book that covers most aspects of mining and recovery?

Ask The Experts: How do I identify gold in hard rock that may be mixed with other metals?


Q: Aside from the softness scratch test and other methods of identification, what feedback would you have on identifying gold in hard rock that may be mixed with other metals that affect its color?

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Ask The Experts: Should I take my claim access problems to the Desert Advisory Council?


Q: The nearest access to the claim is a half mile walk, which is tough for a lode claim.

Ask The Experts: Is there a safe DIY alternative to cyanide or mercury for extraction?


Q: With safety as a given, what can the average miner, or Joe-blow greenhorn do to identify and extract some metals or minerals with off-the-shelf products or natural ingredients?

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What is claim relocation?
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Which comes first, claim filing or staking?

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Q: How do I improve my small-scale mining operation’s gold production?

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• Any suggestions about gold panning in Oregon?

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• Can I get advice on a hard rock property in Calaveras County, California?

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• How small should I crush my hard rock ore?

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• Are these gold amounts large enough to interest a mining company?

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• Should I focus efforts on this particular rock type?

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• Can I find enough gold to make a living with only hand tools?

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