Prospecting and Locating Gold

Geologists estimate that only 5% of Earth’s Gold has been found!

1. Do your homework! Start by going to the library and look into the history of where you plan to go on your prospecting vacation. The mineral bearing areas of every state have been well-defined over the last 300 years or so. Gold has been found in varying amounts in every state in the union! Continue reading

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How to Sluice for Gold

Sluice
(Photo credit: Kasper Veste)

In the early gold rush days, prospectors used sluice boxes to remove gold from vast amounts of gold ore and gold-bearing gravel deposits. The sluice box consisted of a simple wooden trough lined with raised obstructions placed at a ninety-degree angle to the flow of the stream, these are known as riffels. Continue reading

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