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Gold in Quartz


Because quartz and gold may be deposited together across a considerable range of temperatures, not all quartz veins are the same, and there are several different types of gold-quartz deposits.

The Fire Assay of Carbon


Carbon, activated charcoal, or “char,” as some old timers refer to it, can be an assayer’s nightmare.

Determining the Amount of Gold in Rich Ores


This is just the type of specimen that could have been easily ignored by the old-time miners. It felt a little heavier in my hand than a chunk of quartz of that size ought to have been.
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Small-Scale Hard Rock Production


So far this year we have recovered over three pounds of gold and the hard rock veins seem to go on forever. We now have three claims that can produce good enough gold to set up a productive operation.
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Using Geologic Maps


In order to see what geologic maps can do, we need to think about what we are looking for.

The Snapshot


Once all the numbers from all the samples and water tests are compiled, a snapshot of the performance of each tank in the process circuit can be seen side-by-side.

Prospecting for Liberated Gold


Some will doubt its value given the ultra-fine particle size… Some will become encouraged about not having to incur significant time and expense to break rock.
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The Bucking Room


Since this position was the least desirable due to the hard physical labor, the bucking room was used as punishment. Do you have a mediocre worker? Bad attitude? Off to the bucking room!

Where Should I Start?


Digging in the right spots will produce excellent results, like this group of nuggets taken by the author while metal detecting during the last few months. The biggest nugget is over an ounce.

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What are the steps for filing a mining claim?
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From Curiosity to Mine Owner


His brother’s friend showed him a vial of gold that originated from his family’s mine in Honduras. Within two weeks Ernie had flown to Honduras to get a first-hand tour of the historic mine and the primitive operation underway to recover the gold.

Hard Rock University: Expensive Hobby or Real Business?


Improper sampling techniques lead to more avoidable heartache than almost anything else in micro mining.

The Smell of Gold—Part I


Some claim they can smell gold. This may be, but when I take a whiff of gold, I smell dirt, rotten eggs, garlic or just nothing: my nose is everything but sensitive.
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A Few Tips and Tricks for Beach Mining


When you think about the extremes to which a miner will go to get a little gold, it occurred to me beach gold could be "easy pickings."

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.
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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.

Piggin' for Gold


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

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