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HomeMiningAnalytical ServicesChemical TestingSimple & Complex CompoundsCyanide Extractable Gold (BLEG)
This cost-effective procedure requires minimal sample preparation. Typically, this is only the removal of large pieces of rock. During a BLEG analysis, a large quantity of your sample is digested, or leached, with a cold cyanide solution for one to several days. The gold in the sample is dissolved as cyanide complexes. The leachate is then concentrated in a solvent exchange type procedure and analyzed by AAS or ICP.
SGS bulk leach extractable gold methods include:
The large sample sizes and solvent extraction technology used in bulk leach extractable gold analysis provides detection limits as low as 0.1 ppb. The precision of BLEG test results is high due to the large sample size. However, this method is not a total assay and does not compare to fire assay methodology. Gold values in BLEG are lower than those obtained through fire assay.
SGS is a world leader in geochemical analysis. The results from tests conducted in our laboratories have gained international acceptance.