Another brand new week for the brightness to shine. J Set the goals for the week as having the lab room equipped for preliminary work, with material segregated and all chemistry books accessible. I also wish to have a few rock piles assembled for preliminary measurement – especially if we already have a good assay for the same material.
Thinking in depth about gravity separations. Particle size is relatively easy to manipulate, but the density of the aggregate is not necessarily the density of the bulk materials. If we can find a chemical form of each individual target metal that is unique to the reagents involved, then we should be able to target specific metals from the sequential arrangement of process.
A stirrer and slurry maker will need to be fixed up for larger volumes. There are holes of working on several scales, such that the things on small scale have absolute ability for analysis, while things on the huge bulk scale have facile course separation. Having the ball mill available to create tons of powder is a high priority; we are not anywhere ready for the materials, other than to define and structure order.
Chaos is an ingredient in the processing that needs to be allowed to flow its ground. If we continually move materials from high ground to low ground, then the heavier stuff should find a way of being left behind the lighter stuff. Teasing weight and density away from each other will provide access to the wheat from the chaff.
There should also be deep look at physical biological abstraction. Different plants, fungi and critters should bio-accumulate different materials in different organs – watching the uptake and flow distribution should tell us how nature sorts. In time, bulk material is produced by concentration from smaller, impure sources. It may be worth getting a couple of good blenders and mixing ore with liver, kidney and other ground organ meat – to watch how things process. Worms will also be a good soil-making machine.