Where To Find Placer Gold - Quick Gold Prospecting Tips
Where do I find natural placer gold and gold nuggets?
Prospecting for gold - a quick primer:
While you can find small amounts of natural gold just about everywhere, finding concentrated gold deposits takes a little knowledge of just how gold gets around.
Gold is very heavy. Actually, gold is about 19 times as heavy as water - about 3 times as heavy as iron. Knowing this makes finding it much easier. Because of its weight, gold will always sink to the lowest level as possible. As rain, wind, freezing & thawing, and geologic disruptions move the earth around, gold is freed up and relocates to the lowest point.
For example, take a rain storm on the side of a hill. As the rain falls, little rivulets form, flowing down the hill forming larger and larger streams. As the water moves, it erodes the earth and rock beneath it freeing the trapped gold. The gold, caught up in the fast moving water, will cascade down the hill looking for the first crack, undercut, or obstruction along the way to sink into. Over the years, more and more freed-up gold will collect in these cracks, making for some fine pickings if you are willing to look for them.
Same thing goes in a stream bed. Look for where the water slows during a flood. If the gold has a chance, it will sink. Sample or test where the stream bends or widens, or where there are natural obstacles or falls. Even a rock or boulder in a stream will disrupt the flow of water, causing the gold to fall to the bottom and collect. Don't be afraid to 'turn over a few stones'!
Where to look for gold
Prospector's Tip: After thoroughly panning, use a magnet to remove the black sands easily and quickly from your gold. The heavy black sand is usually quite magnetic while the gold is not. Enjoy your time in the outdoors and don't forget to get the kids involved!
Test your panning with one of our gold concentrate bags. Loaded with gold it will allow you to practice at home before going out on the river. Great for hand panning practice too!
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