Mining Techniques


Many of the same techniques used by the old time miners are still used today, but with the advent of modern equipment and machinery.

Water races have been replaced with electric or diesel water pumps,  the pick, shovel and sluice water cannon with earth moving excavator machines and the sluice box or cradle with mechanical rotating hydraulic screens.

The gold pan is still in as much use as it was last century. Today it is used for the very end wash up of the riffle tables from the hydraulic screens and as a simple method of testing new ground for colour.

Recreational prospectors and hobbyist can still do well with many a gold wedding band being made from their hard labour.

 

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