Story: Gold and gold mining

Sluicing

Sluicing

Jets of water are being directed onto a gravel slope in a mining process known as sluicing. The water washes down fine gravel containing gold so that it can be directed into sluice boxes and recovered using gravity separation (where the heavy gold is trapped at the bottom and the lighter sands are washed away).

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Alexander Turnbull Library
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Carl Walrond, 'Gold and gold mining - West Coast', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/8615/sluicing (accessed 19 November 2017)

Story by Carl Walrond, published 12 Jun 2006