Adventist Youth Honors Answer Book/Recreation/Gold Prospecting - Advanced

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Gold Prospecting - Advanced
Recreation
North American Division
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Year of Introduction: 2008

1. Have the Gold Prospecting Honor[edit]

Instructions and tips for earning the Gold Prospecting honor can be found in the Recreation chapter.


2. Describe the following types of prospecting equipment.[edit]

a. Sluice box
A sluice box is a shallow box into which ore is shovelled. The box features several transverse barriers along the bottom called riffles to trap the heavier gold particles as water washes them and the other material along the box.
b. Rocker box
Similar in principle to a sluice is a rocker, a cradle-like piece of equipment that could be rocked to sift sands through screens, which was introduced by Chinese miners in British Columbia and Australia, where the practice was referred to as "rocking the golden baby".
c. High banker
d. Bucket dredge
e. Suction dredge
f. Dry washer
g. Trommel
A trommel is composed of a slightly-inclined rotating metal tube (the 'scrubber section') with a screen at its discharge end. Lifter bars, sometimes in the form of bolted in angle iron, are attached to the interior of the scrubber section. The ore is fed into the elevated end of the trommel. Water, often under pressure, is provided to the scrubber and screen sections and the combination of water and mechanical action frees the valuable minerals from the ore. The mineral bearing ore that passes through the screen is then further concentrated in smaller devices such as sluices and jigs. The larger pieces of ore that do not pass through the screen can be carried to a waste stack by a conveyor.
h. Beach box
i. Metal detector
j. Jig
k. Shaker table

3. What government requirements, if any, are there to use the equipment listed in number 2 above?[edit]

a. Sluice box
b. Rocker box
c. High banker
d. Bucket dredge
e. Suction dredge
f. Dry washer
g. Trommel
h. Beach box
i. Metal detector
j. Jig
k. Shaker table

4. What are the advantages or disadvantages to the equipment listed in number 2 above?[edit]

a. Sluice box
b. Rocker box
c. High banker
d. Bucket dredge
e. Suction dredge
f. Dry washer
g. Trommel
h. Beach box
i. Metal detector
j. Jig
k. Shaker table

5. Use at least two of the types of equipment listed in number 2 above to prospect for gold.[edit]

6. Pathfinders are supposed to take only pictures and leave only footprints, but prospecting requires moving rocks and digging large holes. How can you reconcile these two conflicting requirements?[edit]

Within areas where activities like mining are permitted, efforts to make money from the earth are acceptable. Gold, silver, and other metals are an important part of our lives. Even God commanded that the Children of Israel bring gold, silver, bronze (copper) and precious stones to build the tabernacle, all items that someone had to mine or prospect for.

Disturbing the ground in parks and protected areas is not appropriate. Neither is littering or vandalism appropriate anywhere. This is what the "take only pictures, leave only footprints" concept is about.

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