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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.
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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. 

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.
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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...

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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What are the tell signs of garnet deposits?

A Model Mining Operation


After he excavates the ore down to bedrock, he goes over the bedrock with a metal detector to ensure he didn't leave any gold behind before he backfills the area.

Sniping for Drought Gold


There are not a lot of tools needed to get out and take advantage of the situation. Other than my wetsuit, I typically travel light with a gold pan, maybe a pry bar and a few crevice cleaning tools.
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Gold Recovery with Centrifugal Bowls


Centrifugal bowls are very efficient, and with proper operation they can consistently achieve gold recoveries above 95% with gold of about 50 mesh size.

Cutbacks at S. African Mines—Britain Blamed


South African gold miners are turning their anger towards Britain, charging that the sale of 25 tons of gold by the Bank of England has depressed gold prices and put them out of work.

Company Notes


• Homestake Mining Company
• Placer Dome Inc.
• AZCO Mining Inc.
• Guyana Diamond Corp.
• Canadian Mining Company, Ltd.
• Hecla Mining Company
• Pan American Silver Corp.
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Nevada Looks to Tourism to Fill Mining's Gap


Lt. Gov. Lorraine Hunt and the Nevada Commission on Tourism have agreed to seek an unspecified amount of marketing funds to boost tourism in the Ely, Nevada area in the wake of a mine closing.

A Few Methods for Sampling Hardrock Deposits


With a little homework and a methodical approach to sampling, a prospector can determine if a deposit is worthy of more of an investment...

Exploring Placers with Auger Drills


Augers can be used effectively for placer exploration with certain limitations.
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Crushing Quartz in Calaveras County: A Placer Miner Learns New Tricks


I had never run an impact mill before, but anything involving rocks, water and a big electric motor sounded great.

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How do mines and refiners deal with doré bars?

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