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Prospecting for placer gold is traditionally done with a gold
pan or similar instrument to wash free gold particles from loose
surface sediment. The use of gold pans is centuries old, but is
still common among prospectors and miners with little financial
Deeper placer deposits may be sampled by trenching or
drilling. Geophysical methods such as seismic, gravity or
magnetics may be used to locate buried river channels that are
likely locations for placer gold. Sampling and assaying a placer
gold deposit to determine its economic viability is subject to
Once placer gold is discovered, the gold pan is usually
replaced by sluices or mechanical devices to wash greater volumes
of material. Discovery of placer gold has often resulted in
discovery of lode gold deposits when the placers are traced to
their sources. (Summary by Wikipedia)
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:: 1880 Digging Gold Among the Rockies - 562 pages.
:: 1881 Catalogue Of Works, Papers, Reports, And Maps -
:: 1881 Underground Treasures - How and Where to Find Them
- 178 pages.
:: 1892 Opals And Agates - 350 pages.
:: 1895 Prospecting for Gold and Silver - 224 pages.
:: 1897 Official Guide To the Alaska Gold Fields - 292
:: 1897 Prospectors Hand Book - 206 pages.
:: 1899 Prospecting, Locating And Valuing Mines - 426
:: 1900 Diamond Drilling For Gold - 180 pages.
:: 1900 Prospecting in Nova Scotia - 20 pages.
:: 1900's Drilling For Placer Gold by the Keystone Driller
Co - 204 pages.
:: 1902 Practical Gold Mining - 224 pages.
:: 1907 Australian Mining & Metallurgy - 625 pages.
:: 1912 Handbook of Mining Details - 400 pages.
:: 1921 Prospecting For Minerals - 278 pages.
:: 1880 Digging Gold Among the
Exciting adventures of wild camp life
in Leadville, Black Hills and the Gunnison country. Giving a
graphic history of the various discoveries of gold and silver in
the United States, the development and extent of our mining
:: 1881 Catalogue Of Works, Papers, Reports,
The Bibliography of Geology and allied
Sciences has of late years reached such formidable proportions
that without aid derived from Catalogues similar to the present,
any attempt to master their literature, would be futile. The
Catalogue of "Works, Papers, Reports, and Maps" originated
concurrently with the" catalogue of Australian Fossils," by one of
us, and may be looked upon as a further expansion of the List
given at the end of that work."
:: 1881 Underground Treasures - How and Where
to Find Them
A key for the ready determination of
all the useful minerals within the United States & Canada. A
terrific guide to locating your own buried treasure!
:: 1892 Opals And Agates
At the suggestion of friends, I have
herein collated, for publication,some rambling recollections,
drawn from a diary that was first started in 1846. 1 hold that,
neither the era of Dampier (circa 1690), nor of Cook (in 1770),
nor of Macquarie (in 1820), bears so deep an interest for
posterity as those fateful, stirring years, during which, thanks
to her gold, Australia rose, from being a mere convicts'
wilderness, to become one of the most advanced and interesting
countries in the world. And, besides this, not only is truth, at
times, stranger, and more readable, than fiction, but a book,
which is destitute, alike, of dialogue, plot, or hero, and in no
way built upon the orthodox lines of the three-volume novel, may
still—if it follows humbly in the wake of such guides as "
Robinson Crusoe," or the " Essays of Elia "—hope to find some
readers ; so, I venture."
:: 1895 Prospecting for gold and
In preparing this little work the
author has felt the difficulty which arises in a theoretical
dissertation on so eminently practical a subject as prospecting.
It seems like
giving rules and prescriptions for hunting or fishing or any other
natural or practical pursuit. Though theory and practice are not
at variance when happily combined, yet
either without the other proves very unsatisfactory. Thus the
reader of this book, should he start out armed only with its
theory, will find himself for some time pretty much
" at sea" when he comes to actual practice in the field."
:: 1897 Official Guide To the Alaska Gold
The most complete and throughly
exhaustive collection of every known information necessary to a
full realization of the immense resources of the gold fields of
Alaska, and replete with authentic instructions regarding how to
get there, when to go, and what to do with the new Eldorado of the
great northwest is reached.
:: 1897 Prospectors Hand
To the lover of natural history, no
matter in whatever part of the world he may travel, each tract of
country offers object after object, subject after subject, of
interest. He reads sermons in stones and rocks wherever fate
direct his footsteps ; and, if he wanders over the bypaths of
untrodden ground, derives a pleasure and satisfaction from the
wonderful works of nature, such as no one who has not been
privileged to experience it can realise.
:: 1899 Prospecting, Locating And Valuing
A Practical Treatise for the use of
Prospectors, Investors and Mining Men. generally; with an account
of the Principal Minerals and Country Rocks; Ore Deposits;
Locations and Patents; the Early Development of Mines; Earthy
Mineral Products; Coal; Gold Gravels and Gravel Mining;
Measurement of Water; and Artesian Wells. with 15 wonderful
:: 1900 Diamond Drilling For
A Practical Handbook On The Use Of
Modern Diamond Core Drills In Prospecting And Exploiting Mineral-
Bearing Properties Including Particulars Of The Cost Of Apparatus
And Of Working."
:: 1900 Prospecting in Nova
A brief guide to the how, why and when
of basic gold prospecting.
:: 1900's Drilling For Placer Gold by the
Keystone Driller Co
So closely has the Keystone Drill
identified itself with the examination and calibration of
auriferous gravels that its very name has grown into the jargon of
the Engineer as a synonym of thorough and conscientious
exploration. For the past twenty-five years have seen extensive
areas of river gravels accepted for exploitation or cast into the
discard on the strength of no other information than that revealed
by the Keystone Drill in competent hands
:: 1902 Practical Gold
Its commercial aspects. A collection
of statistics and data relating to gold-mining and gold-mining
:: 1907 Australian Mining &
Does gold mining pay? The question has
often been asked in doubtful tones as a preliminary to answering
it in the negative. To Australia it is one of supreme importance,
because it assails the basis of its great mining industry, for
though the winning of its industrial metals is an important phase
of the general subject, on comparing the annual values of the
respective products it will be seen that the one stands for but an
insignificant proportion of the other. If, then, gold mining does
not pay, the foundation of the industry is absolutely unstable,
and nothing raised upon it can be profitable or permanent."
:: 1912 Handbook of Mining
This book is a collection of articles
that have appeared in the Mining Journal during the last two or
three years under the general head of "Details of Practical
Mining", a department of the Journal that has been appreciated
highly by its readers, many of whom have expressed the wish that a
collection in book form be made, which has now been done.
:: 1921 Prospecting For
The object of this volume is to give a
sketch of those subjects which underlie the calling of the
Prospector, without encroaching to any great extent upon the
occupied by the sciences of Mineralogy and Geology, or the arts of
Mining and Metallurgy, which are too far reaching to allow of more
than the briefest mention in a work of this sort. It is evident,
therefore, that the scope of the work must be necessarily limited,
but it is hoped that to the practical Prospector it may give
certain hints as regards the recognition of Minerals with which he
is unacquainted, while, to the student, it may afford an
introduction to the subject which will be of use in directing his
work into the proper channels.