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Hittel on Gold Mines and Mining [Kindle Edition]

J. S. (John Shertzer) Hittell

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This book was converted from its physical edition to the digital format by a community of volunteers. You may find it for free on the web. Purchase of the Kindle edition includes wireless delivery.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 119 KB
  • Print Length: 52 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0082V53B0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #18,267 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to read. If you are interested in gold mining or its history. 14 Nov. 2011
By Ed Doolittle - Published on Amazon.com
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Ever wonder how much gold was left in the old placer mine tailings, and why? How do you wash gold using a sluice? Author John S. Hittell's 1864 book answers this and many other questions.

Hittel explains: "The general estimate in California is that one-twentieth of the gold in the dirt which is washed is lost." "The miner does not grieve about that which he cannot catch. He is not careful to catch all that he could. His purpose is to draw the largest possible revenue per day from his claim." "If his claim contain a dollar to the ton, and he can save five dollars by slowly washing only six tons in a day, while he might make ten dollars by rapidly washing fifteen tons in a day, he will prefer the latter result, though he will loose twice as much of the precious metal by the fast as by the slow mode of working. The object of the miner is the practical dispatch of work, and his success will depend to a great extent upon the amount of dirt which he can wash within a given space of time."

If you want to know the how and why of mining this book answers the questions. The techniques explained are still in use. It is easy to read and if you are interested in gold mining or its history this book is a must.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Jim's review 7 Jun. 2013
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Interesting but outdated. Worth reading for the historical value. Good history of California's gold regions. Covers both placed and lode gold areas.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent old Text 28 April 2013
By Chris Kliewer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
The information contained in the book is a bit dated but there is a lot of good information here. Worth looking into.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting 6 April 2014
By David Yost - Published on Amazon.com
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It was interesting to read, but I thought it would be thicker. Still contained alot of good information and insight.
4.0 out of 5 stars Probably will never find a gold mine 3 Mar. 2013
By R. Putman - Published on Amazon.com
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Nevertheless, I was interested in how one finds a gold mine and what is involved in digging or tunneling into the earth to find the treasured mineral. This Gutenberg book satisfied my curiosity.
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