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#1 hart44


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Posted 28 April 2012 - 05:45 PM

Hello All!

I am a complete greenhorn so any advice is greatly appreciated.

I reside near the Jemez Mountain range and have come across a small amount of ore that seems to be very high in copper/gold content and am unsure of what to do with it.

Any advice is appreciated.

Thanks in advance.



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Posted 28 April 2012 - 05:51 PM

Don't know what ya have there but it looks like a Pyrite of sorts.

What makes you think there is gold in it?

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Posted 29 April 2012 - 12:47 PM

Looks to sparkly to be gold.... pyrite would be my guess too. Take a knife point and poke some. If it dents , might be gold, if it breaks, it's not gold and probably pyrite

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Posted 03 May 2012 - 09:18 PM

Crush a few pieces into a fine powder. Then put it into a pan with some water and a little jet dry or just dish soap. Pan the material very, very cafefully. Hardrock gold can be tiny. If you get some colors, then the ore is free-milling and probably good grade. If there is only a small amount of ore available, then there is no sense in investing in crushers. If the ore is hard, you might have someone slice a piece in half. Gold will show nicely (will glare brightly in the sun) when ore is cut with a diamond blade. Have fun.

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