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 Post subject: Magnetite v black sand
 Post Posted: Mon Oct 24, 2016 7:51 am 
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The material I brought home from a local trip I took has lots of magnetite.
Is (mag) a part of the definition black sand or are they separate?

Is (mag) a good sign in the area or is it a normal accurance?

Seems the closer I look at material, the more questions I wonder about. :roll:

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 Post Posted: Mon Oct 24, 2016 10:35 am 
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Magnetite and Hematite are both Iron minerals /ores, are both (usually) found together in North America, both have a Specific Gravity of a little over 5. Both are able to be picked up by a magnet --- Magnetite easily and Hematite only by a very strong magnet.

Black sands are heavier than Quartz and it's variations like Agate (at 3+) and are usually one of the heavier components of stream material.

Sometimes (as in Australia) "Black Sand" is composed of a Tin based mineral and is not magnetic at all.

Gold is often found with other heavier minerals in placer areas BUT is not always found with Black Sands. Some areas have Gold but no, or just a little, black Iron minerals.

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 Post Posted: Mon Oct 24, 2016 2:15 pm 
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Thank you for that.
So, I guess I'll keep plugging but won't worry
about the color of the material. Test Test Test
is the only way to guarantee if it's there or not. Lol

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 Post Posted: Mon Oct 24, 2016 6:05 pm 
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I have to remind myself sometimes that "There's always black sand with gold but there isn't always gold with black sand".


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 Post Posted: Mon Oct 24, 2016 6:36 pm 
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Well said,
Maybe I'll right that on the bottom of my pan :lol:

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 Post Posted: Mon Oct 24, 2016 7:53 pm 
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Remember you are looking for Gold (that yellow looking stuff) and not black sands and you'll be all right.

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 Post Posted: Mon Oct 24, 2016 9:49 pm 
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I thought my chances were better(not guaranteed) when black sand
was present. I thought the gold being heavier could be below that.
I'm a rookie at this and by some of the posts, I could be dead before
I see yellow from my area. Thanks

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This might help you. https://www.google.com/webhp?sourceid=c ... sachusetts
Also search "placer gold _______" (fill in the blank for your neighboring states). This link on Treasurenet has some clues for you too. http://www.treasurenet.com/forums/panni ... nning.html
Read the posts, join the forum and ask questions for even more info. Most states in New England are smaller than many of our counties here in AZ so the drives should not be too far for a day trip.

Good Luck.

PS I can find black sand in my yard, as can most people in the U.S., but the nearest gold is about 15 miles as the crow flies from my house and is about an hour and a half drive since I have to drive around a desert mountain range.

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 Post Posted: Tue Oct 25, 2016 8:50 pm 
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Thanks a bunch
I'll look into it.

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