Ask The Experts
Q: I’ve thought about renting an XRF gun with gold specific software to use for exploration this spring.
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.
Q: What are the advantages or disadvantages of hand crank vs. battery power vs. blower? And your preference?
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.
Q: What I would like to know is how to confirm if it is magnesite and the quality.
Looking for help on unproven claim
Q: I am looking for a “trommel machine” that doesn’t separate anything but clay slurry from rock hard clay.
Q: I have a question/request regarding some black sand left from my Dad’s prospecting days.
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: The Arizona BLM state office has started sending out registered letters to association placer claim holders...
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 standard contract for placer mining to use with a private property owner?
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?
Q: The nearest access to the claim is a half mile walk, which is tough for a lode claim.