How do I separate gold from surrounding ores

I live near the site John Marshall discovered gold in 1848.  There is gold dust and particles everywhere!  Problem is that the gold is dust or fine powder form and the gold strongly adheres to it's surrounding ores.  Panning is tedious and not effective.  How can I separate the gold dust/powder from the other minerals?  I have heard using Auger Regis is effective, but cannot find anything on how to use it, purchase it, or make it myself.  Any suggestions/instructions on making or using auger regis; or any other more effective method of extracting the gold from the other minerals is greatly appreciated.

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djcranejr1 year ago

After three ywars of this thread being dead....

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Its actually a very careful and skill requiring process. To know more about this, can be of reasonable help.
Firstly, do do at least some panning to concentrate the amount of gold in your ore, otherwise you'll be processing tonnes for just a few grammes of gold. This panning is not nearly as difficult and time consuming, just try to get rid of the lightest 95% of the rock.

Another way of dissolving gold is in chlorine water.

WARNING: Chlorine gas is extremely toxic. Do not handle this gas if you are not an experienced chemist. Use only laboratory-grade glassware, since chlorine water will dissolve any metal container.

Chlorine can be prepared by reacting bleach (sodium hypochlorite) with hydrochloric acid. This is bubbled through water to produce chlorine water. This dissolves gold slowly, but since you're using fine grains it shouldn't take too long.

I'm guessing The gold can then be extracted from solution by electrolysis using carbon electrodes (This will also produce some chlorine gas).

I have no evidence that this works, but the chemistry makes sense. Having mentioned the dangers of chlorine, I should say that I get that chemistry from a 19th Century book of chemistry experiments for children. Seriously.

Stay safe and don't expect to make your fortune at this.
"I have no evidence that this works"

-Where did you get this idea from then?

By that I meant that I have never tried it myself, but not only do I understand the chemistry behind it, but the book I mentioned describes dissolving gold leaf in chlorine water. In theory then, it should work for all gold.
I don't know where SOF got his information from, but I've heard of the process. Here's a link if you're interested in reading it. ;-)

Personally, I think many of these processes (especially using Mercury) has too many health and environmental risks to make them viable (but unfortunately, many use them).
It's not economically-viable at either end of the scale, but for academic interest I would use a viable industrial extraction (rather than a bit of academic-research).

5hockwave5 years ago
I believe I will move in as your neighbor.
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