Skip to comments.Gold Prospecting in the United States
Posted on 06/19/2015 10:00:40 AM PDT by JimSEA
Anyone who pans for gold hopes to be rewarded by the glitter of colors in the fine material collected in the bottom of the pan. Although the exercise and outdoor activity experienced in prospecting are rewarding, there are few thrills comparable to finding gold. Even an assay report showing an appreciable content of gold in a sample obtained from a lode deposit is exciting. The would-be prospector hoping for financial gain, however, should carefully consider all the pertinent facts before deciding on a prospecting venture.
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Like they say, gold is where you find it.
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Like the potheads rushing to colorado
It's about finding the gold."
Really? Ignorance never ceases to amaze me.
Is it worth it? I’ve heard stories, but extracting that seems a little on the extensive / expensive side.
The intent of the “meaningless tautology” is to indicate that there are numerous venues in which gold can be found and extracted. Even taking the gold out of seawater has been considered. The Carlin trend was largely unknown in the 1950s, the gold mines of the future are percolating in the active volcanics of the Cascades.
I remember reading about a brushy plant that somehow extracted gold at a monster rate through its roots.
In areas well away from smelters, geophysicists sample deep rooted plant leaves and stems to attempt to determine the underground mineral distribution, hoping to get a “hot spot” on their subsequent mapping.
Personally I think there is no more exciting thing in the world than searching for gold. Its fun and it gets you outdoors but actually unless you happen to know a stream to pan in that has gold you have little chance. Without the proper equipment which is very expensive your chances of finding and obtaining any significant amount of gold are about the same as getting hit in a drone strike.
We have the equipment and GA has lots of gold. Estimates are only about 10% of the gold in GA has ever been dug up. We still are not living in a mansion. :-)
The govt is trying its best to shut down mining in the US. Mr. GG2 and his two partners are selling their mining claims. Its too expensive to work the hard rock claim in ID and the placer operation in BC is only doable about 3-4 mos out of the year due to weather. And its in heavy black bear country and its hard to get a gun in BC. So they are selling out and we are going to move to the mountains get a didtiller’s license and make whiskey. :-)
But we will still probably pan a little on Dukes Creek. Gold is addictive.
Keep up the good fight. The state has been, with EPAs help, whittling away at the placer spots here in Oregon as well.
Yes I’m sure you are right. The BLM is right now trying to shut down the Sugar Pine mine. Those Aholes will even try to keep you from walking to your claim. We saw the handwriting on the wall. Its just a fight we don’t want to fight.
“But we will still probably pan a little on Dukes Creek.”
Say hi to Uncle Jesse, Bo, Luke, and Daisy for me.
Watch out for Boss Hogg. :-)
Obviously those odds change for Muslims in foreign countries,
And when you DO find the gold? Shovel, stash and shut up.
>>> Is it worth it? Ive heard stories, but extracting that seems a little on the extensive / expensive side.
It all depends on volume and efficiency.
It also depends on what level of extraction your going for.
There are companies out there that will buy your computer scrap at rates based on content of the components you have separated.
For example... IC chips, memory, CPUs etc. sell for a LOT more per pound than the boards they came off of.
Shipping a single computer somewhere to be scrapped is hardly worth it, because the value of one computer would be lost in the shipping... but shipping 20 to 50 computers or more has “some” value.
So... if you have access to LOTS of computers, simply breaking them down and separating the components can bring you a profit at your local scrap yard for the steel, and e-waste companies that will buy the boards.
If you have the means to extract and refine the precious metals, you can make even more.
Most scrappers (like myself) are hobbyists... hoping to refine their process down to a point that makes it more lucrative.
Nothing you can get rich at... but fun to try.
If it were too easy to make a profit, everyone would be doing it.
With all that said, I can say from experience it’s far easier to find gold in e-waste than in the river.
I’ve done both... and both are fun for me.
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