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Knowing your prime concern is searching for gold, silver, and minerals, the practical principal for developing prospecting skills is knowledge (of course we all know that!). Most importantly the "dollar-power" is foremost on our minds. With that I suggest an excellent in depth book on How to Find Hidden Mineral Deposits, a book that will sharpen your already present skills. Here's where the big money will be made. This book is called "The Story of Geochemical Prospecting, How to Find Hidden Mineral Deposits". It will give you training for a more confident future in mining and prospecting.
TRYING TO IDENTIFY A MINERAL? - It's no surprise that today's prospectors contact us daily for an answer to a primary concern they face - MINERAL IDENTIFICATION. It's a perplexing problem and we are aware of the fact that many mineral/metals/elements have considerable value and are worth prospecting for. Analyses may be divided into two different types: qualitative analysis and quantitative analysis. Our intention is to provide the means and information for the struggling prospector to perform their own testing - ON 106 ELEMENTS! We recommend an exclusive book published by Action Mining called "Discovering Overlooked Fortunes, A Quick Qualitative Analysis System of Identification".
TIP #1 BETTER GOLD RECOVERY -
Always classify (screen) your ore before concentrating. Whether on a table, spiral wheel, sluice, dredge, whatever. By getting rid of the bigger rocks, the fine gold isn't as likely to get kicked out, having a chance to stay in your concentrate! We constantly hear “it's too much trouble to classify”. Check your tails and see how much you're losing before deciding that. We have generally found that classification equipment almost ALWAYS pays for itself very quickly!!
TIP #2 DON'T LOSE FLOAT GOLD -
ALWAYS, when you buy a new gold pan (plastic or steel, it doesn't matter) scour the inside of the pan with Comet or some other scouring powder to remove the oils and resins used in manufacturing the pans. Clean your pan like this regularly to keep any oil from accumulating in parts of the pan. Oils cause small gold particles to float away!