Ask The Experts
Q: I’m working with some folks who have a large amount of old placer concentrates stored on their recently purchased property.
Q: I’ve thought about renting an XRF gun with gold specific software to use for exploration this spring.
Q: I was wondering how such a device could locate a rich gold vein in quartz, for example, since a metal like gold is non-magnetic.
Q: What are the advantages or disadvantages of hand crank vs. battery power vs. blower? And your preference?
Q: Our group has found a nickel deposit in the Yuma, Arizona area that is similar to the one that you wrote about...
Q: What I would like to know is how to confirm if it is magnesite and the quality.
Q: Could you write more about the last two methods that you mentioned—the expanding chemical mixtures and the micro blasters, how and when to use them, and when not to use them?
Q: I am looking for a “trommel machine” that doesn’t separate anything but clay slurry from rock hard clay.
Q: I have tried various leaching techniques from which I cannot get a precipitate.
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?
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?
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.
• Is there a single book that covers most aspects of mining and recovery?
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?