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Ask The Experts: What should I do with a large amount of old placer concentrates?


Q: I’m working with some folks who have a large amount of old placer concentrates stored on their recently purchased property.

Ask The Experts: Is an XRF gun useful for prospecting and mineral identification?


Q: I’ve thought about renting an XRF gun with gold specific software to use for exploration this spring.

Ask The Experts: Is this deposit worth working?


Q: Can you tell me if this deposit is worth working? It is a quartz vein and I had it analyzed for gold, copper, rare earths and other metals.

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Ask The Experts: Can a long range locator probe detect gold in quartz?


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.

Ask The Experts: Can you review the differences in dry washers?


Q: What are the advantages or disadvantages of hand crank vs. battery power vs. blower? And your preference?

Ask The Experts: Will this detector work for me?


Q: I live near the Gold Basin area of Arizona. What detector will go deep and be easier to use for small gold? I need some help.

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Ask The Experts: Nickel assays


Q: Our group has found a nickel deposit in the Yuma, Arizona area that is similar to the one that you wrote about...

Ask The Experts: Potential for developing magnesite deposit


Q: What I would like to know is how to confirm if it is magnesite and the quality.

Ask The Experts: Looking for help on unproven claim


Looking for help on unproven claim

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Ask The Experts: Could you expand on your previous blasting article?


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?

Ask The Experts: Equipment to break up heavy clay


Q: I am looking for a “trommel machine” that doesn’t separate anything but clay slurry from rock hard clay.

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.

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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?

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...

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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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