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    Hello everyone, I am new to this forum but not to the mining industry. I have a gold mine here in alaska. There are three small creeks on five thousand acres. Of course I have panned a ton of tests. It is remote so I did so before flying my four inch dredge out. I usually get from One to three grams for four to five hours of dredging and that is surface gravel as I have not reached bedrock yet. I believe the bedrock is around twenty feet. I find gold fly speck in almost every random pan. Some tests yield four or five colors per pan others much more. One random pan for instance had twenty spec. What I would like to know is what is considered a good pan test as far as how many spec or color per each pan. Im considering placer mining the area. I believe I am getting good enough results to warrant further development but it is so remote i must be certain Im on to something here. I also found and verified corundum some of which are gem quality, blue saphire looking similar to kashmir blue as well as yellow, purple, pink, and red. The largest blue so far is only two carats but I have only processed less than 100 yards of material. Thanks for any input I may receive
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    Welcome to the site and your first post! You need to dredge in lower depth's to hit the pockets where gold like's to hide.
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    Post hole driller ?
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    You might be able to rent one of these.And some companies make auger extensions to drill deeper.

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    For a placer operation you are generally not going to be in or within 100' or so of the active river channel. (this may vary in AK) so test pans from the active channel do not tell you much about the ground you could potentially dig with heavy equipment.

    Sounds like you should be scouting around that vast area trying to located enrichment zones and where bedrock may be much more shallow. Sounds fun, best of luck to you!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by RTR View Post
    Post hole driller ?
    I'm sorry but I couldn't even watch the vid because I was laughing too hard at the guy on there. Hard to take anyone seriously when they are dressed like that....lol
    On a more serious note, I'd thought of that but reality is IN MY AREAS way too many larger rocks/cobbles that would stop that rig in a heartbeat, not to mention steep brushy ground. jmo

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    Quote Originally Posted by oneguy View Post
    I'm sorry but I couldn't even watch the vid because I was laughing too hard at the guy on there. Hard to take anyone seriously when they are dressed like that....lol
    On a more serious note, I'd thought of that but reality is IN MY AREAS way too many larger rocks/cobbles that would stop that rig in a heartbeat, not to mention steep brushy ground. jmo
    Yeah, well, if, you get passed the clothes...there's some good info there
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    Quote Originally Posted by alaskagems View Post
    Hello everyone, I am new to this forum but not to the mining industry. I have a gold mine here in alaska. There are three small creeks on five thousand acres. Of course I have panned a ton of tests. It is remote so I did so before flying my four inch dredge out. I usually get from One to three grams for four to five hours of dredging and that is surface gravel as I have not reached bedrock yet. I believe the bedrock is around twenty feet. I find gold fly speck in almost every random pan. Some tests yield four or five colors per pan others much more. One random pan for instance had twenty spec. What I would like to know is what is considered a good pan test as far as how many spec or color per each pan. Im considering placer mining the area. I believe I am getting good enough results to warrant further development but it is so remote i must be certain Im on to something here. I also found and verified corundum some of which are gem quality, blue saphire looking similar to kashmir blue as well as yellow, purple, pink, and red. The largest blue so far is only two carats but I have only processed less than 100 yards of material. Thanks for any input I may receive
    Here In Washington state on the rivers I mine I average 1 gram panning or sluicing per hour, each method requires a different understanding on how to mine using those methods. You say you have 3 creeks running threw your claim, is it possible those creeks are running threw an ancient river deposit ?, analyze any topo maps of your claim for possible ancient river flows but if this is an ancient glacial deposit AND FROM WHAT YOU SAID ON YOUR RECOVERY RATE, not worth it. Best wishes and good luck but the gems are awesome.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RTR View Post
    Yeah, well, if, you get passed the clothes...there's some good info there
    Allan is a friend of mine and the getup is his youtube signature look.
    He actually is a retired areospace engineer and loves prospecting as well as designing and making his own equipment.

    He definitely is someone worth taking seriously, costume not withstanding.
    As far as the post hole digger goes, it's not for every situation.

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    Fly specs don't add up, especially in a small operation.
    "worthwhile: is easy to calculate. Add up all the gold you find in a day or week. Subtract the cost of fuel, food etc... and if you dont end up with minimum wage after that then you are wasting your time.
    If you are not seeing at least 1/4 oz after a day of panning and sluicing then you need to keep looking...unless you are just having fun
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bonaro View Post
    Fly specs don't add up, especially in a small operation.
    "worthwhile: is easy to calculate. Add up all the gold you find in a day or week. Subtract the cost of fuel, food etc... and if you dont end up with minimum wage after that then you are wasting your time.
    If you are not seeing at least 1/4 oz after a day of panning and sluicing then you need to keep looking...unless you are just having fun
    1/4 oz per day with just a pan or you're wasting your time?! Lol those are some high standards Bonaro! Let's change that to 1/4 gram maybe haha
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    Quote Originally Posted by mytimetoshine View Post
    1/4 oz per day with just a pan or you're wasting your time?! Lol those are some high standards Bonaro! Let's change that to 1/4 gram maybe haha
    Yeah, we felt it was a good weekend when we weighed a gram.... Until the wind picked up. Remember that Erik?
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    Quote Originally Posted by mytimetoshine View Post
    1/4 oz per day with just a pan or you're wasting your time?! Lol those are some high standards Bonaro! Let's change that to 1/4 gram maybe haha
    Not high standards at all, to be productive Bonaro is right, 1/4 gram a day panning is a waste of time if you are trying to make money mining. It is not about standards but experience that determines the the amount of gold you find plus having good ground.
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