Galena is a great bet. It is certainly a base metal ore high in lead. And those ores are also often high in silver. In my neck of the woods galena can be much richer than a gold mine.
Galena is probably one of the easiest and most fun minerals to identify. Just follow the established procedures of identification and it will teach you a lot. Galena taught me the term "sub metallic" when I was about five. I still remember sorting that one out whenever this mineral is mentioned. Galena is also where I first observed a streak tarnish over night and turn from shiny "metal" to a dull gray oxide. I remember sitting in my room and doing that test for the first time.
I then made a home made radio out of the crystal and listened to the rock station out of Juarez, Mexico. Heard ZZ Top for the very first time on a hunk of Galena from the Organ Mountains. That rock has a lot to offer. It is no common bastard stone I tell you!
Just step through the density/streak/hardness/fracture/luster/color observations and this one will be easy.
A perfect specimen to identify! And a worthy exercise even if you know exactly what it is.
With the dredging laws being lifted next year I'm getting a jump on having the right equipment ready.
Found nozzle made locally, https://hbminingsupply.com/product/2-dry-lander-nozzle/, 2" Drylander Nozzle. Minimum 55 g.p.m.
My whole claim is slate bedrock so I'm thinking this size would be the best for cleaning out the crevasses. I don't have any background on setting up the sluice boxes (48" & 36") which I plan on using in-line with each other. What criteria am I looking at for getting them set up. I'll need some legs as I plan on working it as a high banker. Mats? Angles?
I have a new 158 gpm trash pump.
to move the water with a 2" connector.
I wanted to use my Gold Cube but was told the water flow would be too great.