1st Degree of Separation:
Slick plate allows lighter material to advance ahead. Exiting the gate, materials are separated even further and distributed in order of specific gravity on the vortex matting.
2nd Degree of Separation:
Gated trough forces all material under the gate. AKA G-Force
3rd Degree of Separation:
Vortex Matting creates hundreds of small low pressure zones driving gold deep and forcing lighter material into the flow. All material and water (slurry) is forced under the gate and forced under water, even floating gold (from oils). At the exit of the trough, a column is formed. The lightest materials will be lifted highest and the heaviest material lowest, thus separated by order of specific gravity. Gold will be the first to reach the Vortex Matting and lighter sands will flush out or be replaced by anything heavier.
Each square inch of Vortex Matting contains 49 individual low pressure zones that work similar to a tornado. That’s over 7,000 per individual matt! A 3 stack Cube has over 14, 000 Vortex pockets and a 4 stack Cube has over 21,000! As the gold gets lodged into the tornado, the low pressure drives it to the bottom, forcing black sand and other heavies out of the way. Yes gold is a bully and stubborn. The only way it’s going to leave the vortex is when you clean it out. This is why we can run thousands of pounds through a Gold Cube and still only get a cup or two of black sand and gold. Gold doesn’t stand a chance of getting washed out. No catch and release on this trip!