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  1. #1

    Mar 2003
    Vancouver,British Columbia
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    Pyrite and Gold or just Pyrite

    Heres a pic of rock we broke open this summer. When you look at the pic do you see gold in there or is it just Pyrite?


    Prospecting and Mining Map library of British Columbia

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    Jan 2008
    Villa Rica georgia
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    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    is it brittle ?
    no matter where you go,there you are!

  3. #3
    Jun 2009
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    I think I see green copper oxides, bornite (purplish iridescent staining), and chalcopyrite. If so, then there is probably gold there, at least in trace amounts. Definitely worth sampling them sulfides further regardless.
    Sample till you find the hot spot, then mine it till its gone! Then start over...

  4. #4

    Sep 2012
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    It sure looks more like gold than pyrite to me. On the other hand that would be an extreme rarity to see so much widespread gold like that. If its pyrite it would be brittle and probably have some geometric form to it. You could take some of the rock and break it up with a pestle and mortar and see how it behaves. You could also put it in nitric acid to see if it reacts with the acid or not. One could also see if mercury will stick to it. I know that mercury has become a dirty word, but used carefully and in the right cases it can be a very good tool.

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    May 2012
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    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Shade it with your hand and take another pic!
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  6. #6
    mine owner

    Mar 2016
    126 times
    fire assay to find out how much gold is in it!
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    Period Six Mining and Exploration, LLC

    Aug 2010
    Southeast Arizona
    4350 times
    ALL pyrite has some level of gold in it. The problem is how to get it out and is it economical feasible to do so? Iron pyrite is hell on nitric acid, tends to use up the nitric rather quickly when trying to dissolve the host rock.
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