Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Placer Mining: Understanding Geological Structure

Placer Mining: Understanding Geological Structure
This is a center cut on a gulch placer we were working here in western Montana years ago. At the time of this photo, we were getting ready to move onto the bench placer in the upper left of the photo.
On the upper right you can see the drain ditch doing its job perfectly.



Understanding the geological structure will enhance your mineral extraction strategy. I was fortunate enough to be trained by the best of the best, old timers who had been mining all their lifetime. What they taught me is pricelss hands-on experience. That is what, I think, every successful miner has to develop - the hands-on experience.

Keep in mind, you are always trying to achieve digging dry gravel. In reality, most of the time you will have water issues of one kind or another.


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Friday, November 21, 2014

Hydraulic mining in Venezuela for Diamonds

Hydraulic mining in Venezuela for DiamondsI have found a few extraction operations using hydraulic mining in the Venezuelan jungle. The local Diamond miners were the first in this area. It is always a good idea to see what the local miners are doing and get an idea to what you are going to be up against. This was a particularly rich area in central Venezuela near where we were exploring and later set up a Diamond recovery plant.
Hydraulic mining in Venezuela for Diamonds
The photos here are a hydraulic Diamond operation I stumbled upon deep in the central part of Venezuela. We heard of a La bullia (a shout) meaning a new Diamond discovery has been found, several miles away from our camp. We embarked on a stiff hike, navigating the spiderweb of jungle trails heading deep into the jungle.

Still a couple of miles from the area we could hear the unmistakable rumble of a Venezuelan water pump. These water pumps are usually an old air cooled engine and a home made pump coupled together with strips of carefully cut tires to attach these incredibly reliable machines together.

If you want to truly understand hydraulic mining, this is the place. I  worked the nozzle and the little gravel pumps they had for hours and hours to get hands on experience. It was pretty cool.   Visit the web site to get more information - click here.







Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Gold in the sluice box

Gold in the sluice box, riffles and miner mossAlluvial engineering at is best,  when you see the results like this at the end of a shift.

That is the way it needs to look - gold in the riffles at the end of the day. I use expanded metal riffles on most of my plants with good results.

Hydraulic riffles are another strategy for placer mining which I have had success with.

The right miners moss is an essential ingredient in making your placer mining formula a success.

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Thursday, November 13, 2014

The close of another mining season ..... (video)

Well, I am back in town now and working to get the office under control. I get a kick outta this video, it's pretty much sums up what it's like to be back "at work" ....


Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Getting some ice around our gold washplant in Montana

Getting some ice around our gold washplant in Montana
We had 20 degree's yesterday and are still at it. We reached our goal today and plan to shut down Thursday night. We had a good solid year and look forward to next years season.

We have identified a new possible resource  and look forward to testing in the spring.

This property could yield for a few more years! Our equipment will need a bit of maintenance  this winter and we look forward to good gold prices and shallow ground!

We had a very competent team this year and this was one of the most enjoyable mining seasons I ever had. My brother Les was unbelievable in keeping production on track. Ben kept the plant feed exactly on track and Paul took over the rock truck duties as well as panning and maintenance.  We will have a new mining plan for next year and I can't wait to get started on it!!!!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The exoskeleton of a placer mining tunnel.


My buddy Pete texted me and I could tell he uncovered something pretty cool! Pete is managing the stripping program for a a Canadian company and has done a great job for these folks.

Pete is a good steady hand and we have worked together for many years he knows placer mining and is neat and very efficient.

I beat it up to his site to check it out! He had the brilliance to recognize and dig up and over the main 1860's pay streak  exoskeleton  of a tunnel that extends for miles up this gulch.
By being able to look at this kind of history is amazing.

The best part is the ability to see where the meandering pay streak is going and being able to plan your next stripping set. The bedrock here is very fractured and altered and appears to be a very capable bedrock gold trap. I wish Pete and the company the best of luck.