How to mine for gold

For those who ask, “How do I Mine for Gold?” These guides were designed to help the small scale miner get started. From learning how to recognize gold ore to navigating the sometimes complex legal rules surrounding mining claims and small scale mining. If you have topics that you would like to see covered here let us know, send us a message

How to recognize gold ore

Most people think of finding gold nuggets. The truth is that very little comes from nuggets. Nearly all newly mined gold comes from ores mined from the natural hard rocks that contain gold in tiny, even microscopic particles. This guide shows some examples of gold ore. When searching for or finding gold ore it is good to remember that, gold deposits in the western United States are most frequently found mixed within iron ore deposits so look for dark and rust colored iron ore on the rock walls of the mine. The old Spanish miners would say “Gold rides an iron horse.” Learn More.

Extracting and Processing your gold ore

After you have done the preliminary work and you’ve taken samples and found the richest areas of your mine, the next step is to ramp up production and start extracting the ore in large amounts, as effectively and efficiently as possible. Modern tools have made this process easier. Learn More.

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Mining Laws

Can you live on your mining claim? Can you use water and wood on the claim in support of your mining operations? Are there any permits or bonds required to mine your claim? Can you keep people off your claim? How do you write a Notice of Intent or Plan of Operations? The answers to these and many other common questions about mining law can be found in the following mining law sections. Learn More.

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More about us

We are the Premier vendor of mining claims in the USA. We explore and document hundreds of mines and sell only the top ten percent. We would like to help you make the most out of your mine. To that end we have put together some resources for those who want to learn more about small scale mining.  Click on the link to go to our Learning Center. You can learn more about us and how we got our start here: the story of Gold Rush Expeditions.

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