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The Basics of Froth Flotation


I thought it might be worthwhile to take a look at the basics of this important mineral separation technique and how a miner can use it to recover the values out of an ore.

What To Look For—And Look Out For—In A Placer Mineral Report


Buying a placer claim or investing in a placer mining property comes with plenty of financial risks. You need as much information as possible about the mineral deposit in order to minimize those risks.

Montana’s Rosetta Stone: Discovering Mines In The Treasure State


This is the intelligent way to start modern prospecting. The value of literary research yields challenging outings, specimens, history and geologic research.
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Piggin' for Gold


Take a look at the picture—it’s pretty simple and you can build it yourself.

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• Making a noisy dredge more quiet

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• Two questions: Is fool's gold magnetic? And how do you go about filing a miing claim?
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Tips for Detecting Nugget Patches


Certainly many other successful nugget hunters have mentioned these methods; hopefully I can add to or clarify these methods.

Small-Scale Hard Rock Mining With Water Recycling


Once I have established the presence of gold in the sample, I collect five-gallon bucket quantities of the rock material for processing back at my shop.

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• How to find info on a particular mining claim
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• How do I clean up gold encrusted with iron-sulfides?

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• How do I get mining claims appraised?

How to Field Evaluate A Placer Property


If there is misleading wording anywhere, it will be in the sample data and in reserve/resource estimates.
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• Determining the amount of gold in a specimen

Geobotany: Plants Associated With Mineral Deposits


Science has shown, over the past few centuries, that there is a direct correlation between certain plants and their geophysical surroundings.

What Equipment Do I Need?


Getting started in prospecting often requires the purchase of some equipment, but one can spend as little as $10 and be finding gold or spend thousands and also be finding gold—yet you will probably have many more opportunities and possibilities with more and better equipment. 
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Detecting Alone -- What to Look For


I figure there are a lot of new people out there who have the same question. I will try to give some answers that hopefully will give you more confidence in finding your own spots.

Operation And Application Of Magnetometers


The technology used in these devices has advanced greatly in the last century. Many different types of physical effects are used to measure these magnetic fields and we will briefly look at some of these.

Wilfley Tables—Repair, Rebuild & Set Up


I researched the Internet and found a number of table makers, but technology has changed in the last 25 years. No one could sell me a kit for a new deck with wooden riffles...
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Designing and Evaluating Placer Gold Recovery Plants


For this article, I am focusing on industrial production plants that can handle 10 cubic yards per hour or more and would be fed by a loader or other heavy equipment...

Lode or Placer: What Difference Does It Make?


This explains the large difference in particle sizes between placers and hydrothermal lode deposits, but also means that while the mining may be similar in some cases, the sampling and recovery techniques are usually quite different.

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