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How do mines and refiners deal with doré bars?

Finding Gold with a VLF Detector—Part II


It is this ability to hear and respond to the faintest of audio signals that I believe separates the best nugget hunters from everyone else.

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Bismuth oxide for assaying?
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Mining for Gold and Sapphires in Montana


Fascinated by the sapphires—and the gold that occured with them—he was soon buying parcels of property and setting up his own commercial-scale gravel processing plants.

Finding Gold with a VLF Detector—Part I


The very first thing to find out...is if the detector has the ability to be ground balanced.

Recovering Fine Gold with Oleophilic Adhesion


Oleophilic means "affinity to or attracted to oils," and this includes gold an diamonds.
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Breaking cemented gravels

Twenty-Five Gold Indicators You Should Know


I frequently get asked, "What should I look for when I am out prospecting that will tell me there are good amounts of gold present in the ground?"

Alternative Gold Leaching Methods


The ideal leaching chemical would leave behind what we don't want or need in the ore and take only the valuable metals.
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Prospecting for Diamonds in Kimberlite


Kimberlite is very difficult for geologists to find, let alone prospectors and rock hounds. This is because kimberlite is rarely exposed on the surface and few people know how to identify the rock.

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Ore testing and other advice for starting up a mining operation.

Hunting for Hardrock: The Basics


Exposed veins and outcroppings can be a great source for gathering good gold ore for processing. Veins and outcroppings do require a lot of work to free the ore from its earthen grip, but this labor can be very rewarding.
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Proper Placer Sample Processing


...your sampling procedures should not be designed to catch gold your mining technique will never recover.

Using Sucker Guns to Find Gold


...if you have a good, rich spot, hand-operated systems can produce some decent gold.

Making Adjustments to Catch Fine Gold


This fine gold that is so common is probably the most notorious for eluding our riffles and mattings.
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The Subsurface Suction Dredge


The problems of the submersible dredge tube are addressed by the subsurface dredge, where the enclosed sluice recovery tube is suspended from a flotation assembly...

A Few Pointers About Cracks and Crevices


Because these crevices catch and hold gold so well, it's worthwhile to learn how they form, which ones are good for catching gold and which ones are not.

What, Where and How for the New Prospector


How to go about the entire process of prospecting is a big question. The answer comes down to research and preparation.
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Proper Spacing of Placer Sample Sites


The zone of influence of each sample must be carefully considered when deciding how far sample sites should be spaced from each other.

Hunches, Choices and Guesses


When you approach a location, even if you've been there before, you should consider all the factors and conditions present at the site. This includes both natural and man-made factors.

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