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Fists Full of Gold

Fists Full of Gold:

How You Can Find Gold In The Mountains And Deserts

by Chris Ralph

Only $29.95
An introduction to finding gold in stream and dry deposits. Learn about the geology of gold, equipment, techniques, basic prospecting and working a promising area. This book is an 8 1/2" x 10 3/4" paperback with 362 pages.

Fists Full of Gold
Table of Contents

Part I - The Lure and Fun of Prospecting
    A. Why Prospect? (An Introduction To Prospecting)
1
    B. Beginners Corner: Basic Questions and Answers
8
Part II - Modern Gold Mining Equipment
    A. Tools of the Modern Prospector
14
    B. Hand Tools: Panning, Crevicing, Sniping, Mossing
20
    C. Bulk Processing: Sluicing and High Banking
27
    D. Bulk Processing: Suction Dredging
34
    E. Maximizing Sluice Box Recovery on Dredges, High bankers, etc.
54
    F. Bulk Processing: Dry Washing
62
    G. Electronic Prospecting: Metal detecting
68
    H. Small Scale Commercial Operations
123
    I. Building Your Own Mining Equipment
132
    J. Cleanup, Processing and Sale of Your Finds (including Jewelry)
148
Part III - Basic Geology for Prospectors
    A. Basic Geology: Minerals
160
    B. Basic Geology: Common Rock Types
179
    C. Plate Tectonics and Mountain Building
188
    D. Hard Rock Gold Deposits and Prospecting for Hard Rock Deposits
195
    E. Models for the Formation of Hard Rock Gold Deposits
215
    F. Placer Deposits - Paystreaks and Placer Geology
220
Part IV - Gold Prospecting Techniques
    A. Researching and Prospecting Mineralized Areas
251
    B. Techniques for Finding and Working Gold Placers
285
    C. The Importance of Sampling in Gold Prospecting and Mining
302
    D. Procedures For Continued Success at Prospecting for Gold
308
    E. Prospecting For Large, Commercial Scale Gold Deposits
312
Part V - Appendices of Useful Information
    A. Glossary of Mining Terms
317
    B. Mining Claims in the USA and the 1872 Mining Law
326
    C. Clubs, Organizations, Magazines and Forums
337
    D. Estimating the Gold content of Quartz Specimens
340
    E. Platinum Placers and Nuggets (plus Diamonds, too)
342
    F. Hazards of Prospecting / Field Safety
349
    G. Locations to prospect for Pay - Advantages and Disadvantages
355
    H. Internet and Other Information Sources
356
    I. Where to Read Further: Recommended Books
357
    J. Meet the Author (see my website)
359