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    sticky black sand

    Has anyone ever seen black sand that sticks to mercury? Is that due to gold in the black sand or are those tiny black nuggets? Being cheap like I am, trying to decide if it's worth sending in a sample for assay.
    Any society that would give up a little liberty to gain a little security deserves neither and shall lose both -Benjamin Franklin

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    IDK. but it cued the Beverly Hillbilly’s song in my head.

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    That black sand might not be iron.

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    Yes. I've seen it happen. I've seen it happen because of un liberated gold particles. Seen it happen with black and blond sands. In the latter case I suspect a mercuric oxide coating on the mercury and the granular particles easily adhere to that. They key to successfully using mercury is to keep everything clean clean clean (ore material/ concentrates and mercury) and use as little mercury as necessary. Sick mercury.

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    ....a man named jed, poor mountaineer barely kept his family fed.... must be contagious, is in my head now lol

    thanks for the answers. now i have to go back there.

    when i was a kid an old timer told me about the dangers of mercury. so i like to use my spray painting respirator when i work with it. when heating it i like to use an iron retort. that way most of the mercury vapor condenses back into a liquid.

    the small gulch with that black sand is about 700 miles from me so i won't be able to collect an assay sample for a couple months. if i find anything good i'll post some pics and the assay report in case anyone else runs across a similar deposit in the future.
    Any society that would give up a little liberty to gain a little security deserves neither and shall lose both -Benjamin Franklin

 

 

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