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Shaker Tables for Processing Hard Rock Ores


Most placer equipment is really made with gold in the 30 and larger mesh sizes in mind, though if carefully used can often get reasonable recovery down to the 50 mesh size.

Hand Panning Micro-Fine Gold


Once you get down to the black sands or a few tablespoons of material, the technique changes dramatically.

Sampling, Hydro-Shocking & Cleaning Quartz-Gold Specimens


Many specimens have a small amount of gold and are not pretty to look at. There is a nifty way to give them a makeover and make them much prettier than they were when you found them. 

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The PIGMI—a DIY Crevice Tool


I’ve had great success using it to gather gold from crevices. I’d like to share the design with all of you gold miners reading this article and hope that you get as much satisfaction building and using it as I did.

Detecting Basics: Lose the Bad Habits Not the Gold


I will make the assumption that when any of you take a detector in your hand and head out prospecting for gold you are probably anticipating finding some gold. That’s the general idea, right?

Underground Mining: Getting the Ore Out


Choosing the right method to move your ore and waste is all about making the right choices. Sometimes more than one method may be used during the life of a mine as an operation expands and grows.
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What Have You Got to Lose?


It’s accepted knowledge that wet methods will recover more fine gold than dry methods and processing the gravel as a whole will get more gold than only using a metal detector. The question is how much more?

How to Upgrade Your Pocket Plunger


These three simple upgrades, when taken together, will considerably increase a pocket plunger’s magnetic pull and make it less susceptible to breakage.
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Should I remove someone else’s claim post from my claim?

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Moving The Big Rocks


The anticipation of finding out if the system of snatch blocks, shackles, chokers, anchor points, and the strap binding the massive slab of rock in the bottom of the river would even budge an inch was weighing on me. 
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Attention to Detail - Part II


Ditches almost always started in the high country and contoured the mountainsides, making a long drop, usually many miles away, to the goldfields. There are ditches in Trinity County that originate at seven and eight thousand feet in the Trinity Alps that carried water almost thirty miles.

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• How do I identify gold in hard rock that may be mixed with other metals?

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• Is there a safe DIY alternative to cyanide or mercury for extraction?
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Which comes first, claim filing or staking?

A New Method for Handling Stubborn Gravity Middlings


The solution focused on the relative difference in malleability between gold and waste, rather than the difference in density exploited by gravity circuits.

The Essence of Gold Prospecting


When doing your initial armchair research and selecting potential areas to explore, consider all the indicators, both natural and man-made.
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The Heavy Minerals in Your Concentrates


The fact that mineral deposits can contribute specific types of heavy minerals is why the analysis of the heavy mineral concentrates in the streams of an area can be an important prospecting technique for finding undiscovered mineral deposits.

Pocket Gold


Once a seam is found it can be traced for miles in either direction. While you are tracing a clay line, you are looking for indicators. The indicators that I look for are ironstone, hematite, different color clays intermingled with the clay line, and a very iron-rich, brown gritty soil.

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