As we walk into year two of the web site and Face Book group, we have realized we need more information about prospecting. Topics including gold panning, dredging, pay dirt, high banking, prospecting, selling gold, buying raw gold, panning kits, or groups that can help you find a location near you to go prospecting, such as the GPAA. What are some of the topics you would like to see in this blog? We are looking for interaction as we grow, so we can share all the great information with others. Everyone has to start somewhere when they decide they want to prospect. Some prospectors simply do a little research, find an area to prospect, gather a bucket shovel, screen, and gold pan and hit the creek.
Simply put, prospecting has a huge learning curve. Many prospectors think they can simply walk out pan an area and find that motherlode that is the equivalent of hitting the jackpot in the lottery. In California gold rush they were able to pick gold nuggets right out of the creek but then they had to work for it. In a popular television show they mine areas with $20 worth of gold per yard (roughly 3,000 pounds) in it. That works out to about .00666667 worth of gold per pound. That is the reality of the situation. Yes there could be a pocket or nuggets but we are speaking about typical finds. This brings us to making the most of our time.
To get the most out of our time, read the creek, learn where gold travels and the best way to recover it or move the most amount of material, to yield better results. Are you losing gold? We cannot stress classification enough, separating the martial into manageable sizes so your equipment can have a better chance of catching the gold you have work so hard to get and keep it. If we know gold is much heavier then water and we typically find 50 mesh and smaller in an area, eliminate the big stuff! You can always pick through a screen or pan it to find the bigger gold. By running all of the big material right from our shovels we are essentially helping lose the gold we worked to get. Here is a perfect example of losing gold when dredging:
You have tested the area and found good gold, then start up the dredge and put the nozzle right into the sand and keep going right down to your shoulder as fast as it will go.
You have just over loaded the box and made slurry where the gold flowed right out of the box with everything else. There was enough space or time for the gold to settle to the bottom. This is why we shake the pan so vigorously when panning; we work the gold to the bottom of the pan. In the dredging scenario, over feeding the box did not allow the riffle system to work properly. We will get to of this type of discussion but in later articles in this blog.
CHECK OUT THESE ROCKS I FOUND BY SCREENING MATERIAL, THEY ALL HAVE GOLD IN THEM!
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Happy hunting Prospectors,