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Where to Find Gold in the USA, Canada & Australia: Prospecting, Panning, Metal Detecting & Mining Equipment



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Gold Prospecting, Panning, Metal Detecting & Mining

Silver and Gold are Waiting to be Uncovered with Metal DetectorsMichael Bernzweig About the author: Michael Bernzweig manages MetalDetector.com in Southborough, MA. He has written extensively on the subject of metal detecting since the mid 1980’s. He has traveled world-wide in his pursuit of educating, exploring and advising others in the proper use of metal detectors. Outside of the business he enjoys mentoring students, being involved in the community and spending time with his family.
How to Find Gold in Clay & Sand: Methods for Panning in RiversSometimes, when you are panning for gold in a river, creek or a stream, you will find clay sticking to the material you've dug up or panned.  Its best then to dump your "diggings" into a pail of water.  (Yes, with all of the digging up soil and breaking up clumps of grass and dirt, gold prospecting can sometimes resemble gardening).  Add a drop of liquid detergent soap (to act as a "wetting agent") then scrub the rocks against each other until the clay is dissolved.
How to Identify Where To Find Gold in a Creek, River or StreamBefore you start looking for gold in a particular stream, creek or river, take time to test out an area in advance of settling down to a day's work.  A fast check can be made by starting with grass that during flood time had been under water.  Pull a clump from the ground and carefully catch all the soil that clings and place all in a pail of water.  Work the sand and gravel loose by rubbing, squeezing, pulling apart and dousing up and down until the grass blades are free.
How to Find Gold by Reading Rivers, Streams & CreeksDepending upon the physical nature of a particular river, you may find gold in many types of places; in some other creeks and streams, perhaps only in a few places.  We've found gold, for instance, along a sandy bank of a river in Colorado that meandered through a meadow (so we could dig ONLY on the sand bars); then again, we've found gold in California along a river where tall, rugged mountains rose from steep-sided banks (could clean out crevices, cut moss, and dig on sand bars). So . . .
The Behavior of Gold: Prospecting, Panning & Finding GoldGold can be found in some places along the river, but not others.  Anyone who wants to be successful at finding gold by prospecting or panning needs to understand the reasons why this happens. The more you read, watch and listen, the more you'll realize that the people who find the most gold . . . know the most about its nature and character.  Good gold prospectors have that knowledge.
Facts About Gold: Why It's Such An Amazing MineralGold is a remarkable mineral: it can be dented or scratched with a knife blade, or flattened when pounded with a hammer. It has a low melting point and is malleable and more ductile than any other metal. It can be hammered into sheets as thin as 1/250-thousandths of an inch, and has be drawn without breaking into a 35-mile wire. It is heavy: 19.3 in specific gravity. It is soft: 2.5 on the hardness scale.
Where to Find & Sell Meteorites: Space Rocks Worth More Than Gold!Although this website usually focuses on how to find gold, there are plenty of amateur prospecting enthusiasts who also hunt for meteorites in their spare time.  And in many cases, these rock hounds end up making more money by selling meteor fragments than they ever do with gold flakes or nuggets.  In fact, finding and selling meteorites can be even easier than prospecting for gold.
How to Pan for GoldWhen most people think of panning for gold, they envision grizzled old prospectors who flocked to states like California, Alaska and Georgia in hopes of striking it rich during the great gold rushes of the 1800’s and early 1900’s. Thanks to record high gold prices, though, recreational gold panning is becoming very popular again across the United States.
Where to Find Gold in Georgia: Nugget Panning, Prospecting, Mining Although Georgia was the first place in the USA to experience a full-fledged gold rush back in the 1800's, most people in America think that California was the original strike-it-rich state.  The truth is that people were concerned with where to find gold in Georgia years before they knew that California was rich in gold itself.
Desert Gold: Use Metal Detectors to Prospect for Gold in the DesertProspecting for gold in the desert calls for a vastly different method than panning or sluicing for gold in streams, rivers and creeks.  When you're trying to find gold nuggets in a desert environment that has no naturally occurring water sources, then a good metal detector can be your best friend.