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The basics of using the Gold Lab & Thumper

What are you processing?

If you are using the Gold Lab & Thumper you’ll need to start with one simple question; what are you processing? If you are starting with ground that you’ve just dug up and then put into a container to take home to process, let’s call that “raw dirt”. It has slits, minerals and everything else that was in the ground when you dug it up. The process of mining is quite simple, you are trying to reduce the volume of non-valuable minerals from the ordinary “dirt”.

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Where Does Gold Come From?

The question many civilizations have been asking for centuries is “Where does gold come from?”.

I continue to be fascinated by the “discoveries” of our scientist regarding how the universe developed and specifically, how the elements were created. Of course, since no one has ever witnessed this creation first hand or close up (except in laboratories), all this remains, theory.

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Gold Trends: Still the Ultimate Asset

Gold is Down-But Not Out!

There’s no other way to say it: it was a tough year for gold prices on international markets in 2013.  Gold futures prices lost 28% in 2013, the first yearly loss since 2000 and the largest annual loss for gold futures since at least 1984, according to FactSet data tracking the most active contracts.

Historically Strong Gold Trends

But here’s the silver-or should I say, gold?-lining to this dark cloud of bad economic news: historically speaking, gold is as solid of an investment as there can be. This is why, despite any gloomy short term forecasts, it retains its allure for miners and investors alike.  Many investors around the world still see gold as “the ultimate asset” – an important and secure part of their investment portfolio. Gold has kept up with inflation during the past 200 years, a track record that is far more significant than any six to twelve month forecast.

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A Short Primer on Black Sand Gold

Black Sand Does Not Guarantee Gold

I’ve seen and heard an awful lot of discussion about black sand, and what its presence really means to a prospector. For as long as there have been miners, there has been a love hate relationship with black sand. A tremendous amount of time and energy is invariably spent on doing everything possible to remove it from the heavy metals. Some black sands separate reasonably easily from the heavier metals, and some do not.
The presence of black sand in an area does not guarantee there is gold in the area. The presence of black sand simply means there is heavy mineralization in the area. But black sand can often be a solid clue as to where to start looking for gold.

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