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Mineralization, Ground Balance and Metal Detecting


The right ground balance setting for the conditions you are working is critical. If your detector isn’t set properly, you will lose depth of detection, sometimes to an extreme degree.

All About Trommels and Screens for Placer Gold Recovery


The right speed accumulates only the heavy materials and allows all of the lighter stuff to flow through. This optimum speed is dependent on the size of the gravel you need to move through the system.

How Do I Recover Gold In Black Sands?


Prospectors deal with black sands in lots of different ways. I know that some prospectors worry about getting every speck of gold and save black sands in buckets until they have hundreds of pounds.

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Breaking Boulders With Explosives


The process we will be using is called “blockholing,” and it is commonly used at mines and in construction projects to break up oversize material into sizes that can be easily handled.

All About Hard Rock Drills


There are three basic power sources for rock drills—electricity, gasoline and compressed air. Before we go into big pneumatic drills, we’ll start with a quick rundown of each.

Tracing Gold To Its Source


In this article I am going to talk about the different sources of gold and the clues a prospector can follow to find the source.

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Tips & Tricks: How to Revive a Dredge Engine That’s Been Submerged


It rained over four inches that night and the creek flooded both my backyard and my workshop. When I opened the door to my workshop Christmas morning, an unwelcome sight greeted me.

The ABCs of XRF


Fast forward to present day and the XRF has come of age. Pull the trigger on the hand-held device and you get a nearly instant assay of the surface of a rock.

How to Find Prospects That Others Missed


Every year I go through this and every year it becomes more difficult to find new territory that is available for us to prospect. Is there anywhere that hasn’t been worked?

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The 10-Ton Boulder: Expanding Grout Demolition


Imagine you have located a source of virgin placer ore containing immense gold value. Now imagine that there is a 10-ton monolith of extremely hard gneiss in between you and payday.

Simple Mine Surveying With Basic Hand Tools


…there is an easy way to create a reasonably accurate map without any fancy instruments.

Evaluating Gold Recovery with Mass Balance Calculations


Whether you are placer or hard rock gold mining, maximizing the efficiency of your recovery process is very important to success, and accurate testing is necessary to do so.

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What Is Your Grade?


After paying for the mine fleet, mill capital, supplies, fuel, power and labor, at today’s metal prices, does this mine make a profit?

Reading A River: Understanding Erosion and Gold


Rivers are not just random and accidental; streams and other drainages are what they are because of the forces of erosion acting on the bedrock.

The Basics of Permitting and Bonding Your Mining Operation


With the recent surge of interest in gold projects, it’s about time to revisit a subject that strikes fear into the hearts of small-scale miners: Permits.

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Using Countercurrent Material Flow to Improve Gold Recovery Efficiency


There is a material processing principle widely used in large milling operations to improve recovery that is poorly understood by most of the micro-mining and prospecting community...

Tips and Tricks: A Dredging Tip for Clearing the Tailings Pile


After a short time, the tailings pile can get very large, and can actually block the downstream end of the sluice box.

Hard Rock 101: Blasting With Kinepak Explosives


Fortunately, there are products on the market that can address these problems and make a small-scale mining operation feasible.

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Hard Rock 101: Advanced Micro Blasting


They… create negligible fumes and much less fly rock than blasting. Below are some tips on maximizing your effectiveness with these tools.

Now Is The Time For Exploration


I’ve been following the precious metals for decades, and I haven’t seen a move this powerful in many years.

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