Gold Sampling: a 3-Phase Plan of Attack (Part 2)
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Proper sampling techniques can substantially enhance your ability to get more gold. Most experts recommend a three-phase sampling "plan of attack" and here's Phase I.
PHASE I: GOALS/OBJECTIVES
Before you even begin your sampling operations (large or small), you should have well-defined goals and objectives in mind. In other words, you should be absolutely certain what information you're looking for before you begin any sampling work.
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It's a common misconception in mining circles that sampling is only used for determining the average gold values per cubic yard or per ton of material. Granted, this is the main thrust of most sampling efforts, but it's certainly not the only one.
Additional information that can be gained through gold sampling includes:
- Detecting or determining the presence of other minerals or precious metals.
- Concentration levels of gold and other minerals/metals.
- The economic viability of working the sampled area for any or all minerals/metals.
(Getting the gold is what sampling is all about.)
As you can see, additional info like this can open the door to other possibilities for you and your mining operations, whether those operations are individual, small-scale, or commercially oriented.
As I've said in the past here in "Bedrock Dreams," the more knowledge you have about the gold location you plan to work, the better off you'll be in terms potential success. On the other end of the spectrum, the sorts of sampling information described above can also save you lots of time, pain, misery, grief, and money if the area sampled turns out to be a gold mining "dead end." Essentially, sampling becomes what the buzz-word talking heads call a "win-win" situation.
Additionally, once you've laid out or formalized the overall goals and objectives of your sampling efforts it's much easier to plan exactly how you're going to go about things and what sort of gear or resources you'll need to accomplish your sampling. Having a logic flow to your mining efforts is always preferable to running around like a chicken with your head cut off. Trust me on that one...
Logic, Not Luck
What's my favorite phrase again? Sample, sample, sample! Just make sure you lay out some sort of sampling plan first.
Inevitably, logic...not luck...separates the men from the boys and the girls from the women when it comes to all things mining. Remember that.
Take care out there.
If you liked this post, you may want to read: "Gold Mining Questions and Answers: Part 19"
(c) Jim Rocha (J.R.) 2013
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