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Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Blow Mining - A New Twist on Gold Nugget Hunting

I found an interesting article at the New 49er's website about blow mining. The author shows how you can use a motor, a hose, and a blaster nozzle to build a device to blow mine. The idea is to blow material out of the way to get to the surface of the bedrock. Then you can work the cracks without moving all of the debris with your hands. The fanning and raking is minimized.
As I see it, you could also move the debris out of the way searching for nuggets. The power setting will not blow the heavy gold away. Anyway, this is worth reading.

http://www.goldgold.com/underwater-blow-mining-for-gold.html

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Look for Ancient Waterways and Abandoned Gold Ore Piles

Two new articles on gold prospecting. I offer my thoughts on where your next gold prospecting adventure might be. I explain what I have learned about ancient waterways and some places to explore if you are bored with the usual gold prospecting outlets.
http://hubpages.com/education/Not-So-Common-Places-I-Have-Found-Gold-A-Hub-for-the-Curious-Prospector
http://hubpages.com/education/Discovering-Ancient-Gold-In-Arizona

Monday, February 8, 2016

Explanation of Discovery Discussed in BLM Government Pamphlet

I found a site that explains in good English what the General Mining Law of 1870 and as amended means. This pdf covers the Federal Land Policy and Management (FLPMA) of 1976. Of most interest will probably be Federal Lands Open to Mining
http://www.blm.gov/pgdata/etc/medialib/blm/wo/MINERALS__REALTY__AND_RESOURCE_PROTECTION_/energy.Par.28664.File.dat/MiningClaims.pdf Click the link to determine link for PDF.
The contents include:

Explanation of “Discovery”
 Locatable Minerals
 Discovery of a Valuable Mineral Deposit
 Explanation of “Location”
 Mining Claims and Sites
 Lode Claims
 Placer Claims
 Mill Sites
 Tunnel Sites
 Federal Lands Open to Mining
 Staking a Mining Claim or Site
 Recording a Mining Claim or Site
 Maintenance of a Mining Claim or Site
 Annual Assessment Work
 Surface Management
 Mineral Patents
 BLM Land and Mineral Records
 More Information
 Sources of Information
 Geology and Minerals
 Topographic Maps
 Mining Technology
 USDI Bureau of Land Management State Offices
 USDA Forest Service Regional Offices 

Friday, December 18, 2015

Unusual River Spanning Zip Line Technique Revealed

this is a You Tube video showing two guys who figured out a way to send material from an ancient gold river across a current riverbed to a partner with a highbanker. This is fascinating. The receiver pans the concentrated material. First cleanup relegated to take home finishing. Last portion of video might get the juices flowing.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k2J3mmrLeI8

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Drop Riffle Sluice - Cheap Build - Two Videos and a Blog

This evening I was looking for information on drop riffle sluices. While I was perusing, I discovered a nice site with all the steps a fellow used to build a recirculatiing sluice. He more or less logged the whole procedure of constructing the construction. What he has sto say is enlightening. He has great photos and results. http://www.mdpub.com/sluice/index.html

His creation involved gluing wood riffles into the sluice box. But the way he did it is the same way a drop riffle is made, except the drop riffle is cut out of a board in the beginning. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TmTw3Wy2e1o

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RnmznY_x-ng

These videos are really good.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Melting Crushed Gold Ore in a Furnace in Six Easy Steps


  • After reading the steps that follow, note the warnings at the end of the article.
  • Crush the gold-bearing rock to a fine powder.
  • Put the crushed rock and flux in a crucible.
  • Place the crucible in the furnace.
  • Heat the furnace to 1947.52 degrees Fahrenheit, which is the melting point of gold.
  • Take out the crucible. Pour the liquid gold into the mold.
  • Remove the slag from the crucible so that it can be used again.


  • Read more : http://www.ehow.com/how_8785057_melt-gold-out-rocks.html

    Friday, September 25, 2015

    Arizona Geological Survey Provides Free Gold Info PDFs

    Here is a link to an Arizona geological Survey site courtesy of Arizona government. this publications covers Gold Placers and Gold Placering in Arizona by Eldred D Wilson. These publications are free to download for your education. It is a 1981 University of Arizona Bureau of Geology and Mineral Technology copyright 1968. It replaced bulletin is 1681. It is interesting reading and details the locations as of gold in Arizona from all the sources available at the time. A warning to the public is given that if you are looking to profit from the information, gold placers are usually the first gold found. This piece is good for finding out how many mines were in the county, the number of ounces found and their value; included is silver data.
    http://www.azgs.az.gov/Mineral%20Scans/gold_bull168_ocr.pdf