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Basement Chemistry For The Prospector (Link)

Basement chemistry for the prospector

Welcome Prospectors! Due to numerous requests (and because I am tired of posting these documents on forums repeatedly), I am making this information availible to the masses on the web. In the process, I hope to expose a lot of the crap that passes for manufacturing secrets touted by various outfits currently advertising in trade mags, papers and on the web. Almost as onerous is the knee-jerk reaction of some otherwise intelligent persons when words like mercury and cyanide are mentioned in the context of mining (usually translated as the raping of mother earth). With a little common sense and attention to detail anyone can use chemicals to recover metals in complete safety. It is the de-mystification of some basic chemistry to which this page is dedicated. Hoo-Rah.

Follow the link above to read more. Goldfeverprospecting advocates and prefers only mechanical separation of gold and is not responsible for the info contained in this guide and does not warrant its safety or efficacy. Information is provided only as a courtesy to the curious. Users are advised to use all appropriate caution.

Basement chemistry for the prospector

Some of the topics covered include:

Here is some info on The Basement aspects of Cyanide Extraction Cyanide Leaching

If Cyanide scares you too bad, here is how you can do the same thing with halides Halide Leaching and Recovery

Ever have trouble using charged mercury? Hate paying for it? This will solve both problems. All About Mercury

Recognize and extract metals from ore using a few common techniques. Black Sand, Tellurides and Sulfides

An overview of assaying and smelting techniques. Assaying and Smelting

Advanced techniques of quantitative analysis. Colorimetric Assay of Gold

How to determine the concentration of cyanide in solution Determination of Free Cyanide in Solution

Common sense information and precautions on the use of acids and bases in mining. Acids and Bases

Clorox: What it is and how to make it Super Clorox

Info on some freinds you might make down at the river Snakes of Central America

The difference between Melting and Smelting

A short primer on dissolving common compounds. Rules of Solubility

Advanced filtering techniques Filtering

Weights and Measures (Or: Why the why the English System Sucks) Weights and Measures

About the Author The author grew up on the edge of the Okefenokee Swamp in South Georgia. He attended the University of Georgia where he received a B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degree in microbiology. He won a two year post-doctoral fellowship to The Oak Ridge National Laboratories where he pursued studies in molecular biology. These studies, primarily, involved research on de novo synthesis of protein and genetic coding of DNA. He served as chief of the Aquatic Ecology Section of the Southeastern Water Pollution Laboratory (now EPA). He also worked (regrettably) at the Richard B, Russell Agricultural Research Laboratory. When the crap got too deep he told them to shove it up their --- "trasero" and quit. The last 16 years have been spent pursuing more mundane but more enjoyable interests in Central America, namely, gold mining, treasure hunting, and whatever else turns him on at the moment. He has learned a great deal of practical metallurgy of gold and other precious metals by study and by operating a small assay laboratory.


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