It can be easy for gold prospectors to start thinking that it is not worth their effort to focus their efforts in areas that only seem to produce small or fine gold. The reasoning for this is that pieces of fine gold may take hundreds of pieces to account for the same weight as even […]
Fine Gold Recovery
Every prospectors need to learn now to recover fine gold. Fine gold dust is much more common than large nuggets, and being able to capture the smallest pieces are important to any successful mining operation regardless of the scale.
Nearly all professional gold placer mining operations classify their gravel to maximize the amount of gold that they recover. Doing this step prior to running material through a sluice box allows for maximum retention of gold, especially the finer gold dust. Classifying gravel is the process of separating the aggregate material into consistent sizes by […]
Small scale gold prospecting is a very popular past-time these days. It can be a very lucrative undertaking but it can be a frustrating one at times too. One of the biggest problems for small scale prospectors is stubborn black sand deposits that keep them from being able to maximize the profits on the gold […]
In the 1800’s the use of mercury to extract gold from ore (called Amalgamation) was the most commonly used method by small scale prospectors for this purpose. It has been a highly controversial method of extraction to say the least because of both the physical and environmental health risks that mercury poses. Individual prospectors will […]