Ore is stockpiled (1) at the processing plant, and the process begins by feeding the ore into a hopper with a loader. The ore is conveyed, and lime is added (2) to raise the pH of the ore. Following crushing through a jaw crusher (3), the ore is fed into the semi autogenous grinding (SAG) mill (4) along with water and steel balls.
The average miner can instead purchase a CrazyCrusher manual rock crusher or an electric or gas powered rock crusher and get the gold out in smaller batches. Crushing rock to recover gold can be easier, faster, and much more profitable than prospecting in overworked streams and rivers.