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Could I be finding silver ore on my property?

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alt textI live in south central Georgia and I have been finding large pieces of what I think is silver ore. I've found quite a bit of it. I've done the scratch test with the penny and the penny scratches the sample and I did a streak test on porcelain and it leaves a light grey streak. I do know that the natives used to mine gold and silver in North Georgia and there is a new mine in N.Georgia. I was wondering if anyone knew where I can go to test the sample to be sure it is silver ore and also how I can go about figuring out if there is a substantial amount of this on my property.

Thank you for reading and hopefully answering!

asked Aug 26, 2012 by delandboi24 (120 points)

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Hi, what indications do you have that it is indeed silver ore? Most importantly, what is the environment that the ore is found in and the associated minerals? Do you have any sample photos to post and a specific location?

answered Aug 27, 2012 by hershel (52,660 points)

I have done a scratch test with a penny and the penny scratched the sample. I've done a streak test on a porcelain plate and it was light silver. There is some yellowish tarnish on it and it has a metallic luster. I've been finding it in an area of the yard that used to have trees that I have had removed. I know it could be something else or may not even be naturally occurring. I have actually been digging down into the area and have been finding more. I am posting a picture as well.

Thank you for your time!

Oh it is also kinda light weight so I know it isn't iron

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It looks like some sort of metallic slag rather than silver. Can you post a few more pictures? Also what type of rock is it found in. If its light weight, its definitely not silver... silver is in fact even heavier than iron. If its a lightweight metal its most likely some sort of aluminum slag. Can you test to see if conducts electricity?

answered Aug 27, 2012 by hershel (52,660 points)

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