Okay I got to figure out a way to claim this fits in as a survival thread... so... crossing my fingers... I'm going to claim it gives you the skill
to acquire a tradable good... in this case gold... if that doesn't work for ya... well lets at least all agree this would be a pretty cool way to
spend a weekend...
Ya know I grew up right in the middle of gold country... I have sat and listened to countless stories about how to pan gold... but ya know what... I
have never gone out and did it myself..... but I want too... maybe not to get rich but at least to be able to say I did it... besides it might be
something fun to do with the kids...
Remember I've never done this either so lets have some fun learning to do it together...
and before we start don't think for a minute you have to live in California to do this... with just a few mouse clicks I found this gold mine map of
Finding a Goldfield
Research, research and more research! That is the key my friends! Whether you get your information from the Mines Department, the local farmer or from
a prospecting club, it doesn't matter.
When I first went out looking for gold I made sure I went to a spot that I knew people had found alluvial gold before. This means that I had a fair
chance of being in the right place to start off with. If you're not where the gold is...you may as well give it away.
So how do you find your first gold bearing site?
First stop is the local bookstore or library. Find out what you can here, more often than not, the information found will be very general and not
refer to specific locations. This is alright though, just take note of an area that was worked previously that is close to you and is reasonably well
known (eg. Ballarat, Kalgoorlie, Bathurst, Palmer River)
Next step is to find in specific information about the site you have chosen.
My favourite stop is the Mines Department that can be found in your capital city.
Get to know your way around and make friends with the counter staff who are usually very happy to help. The information that you get is very specific
and accurate, unlike many of the gold tales often told. ( A friend once told me a gold mine is a "Hole in the ground owned by a liar" )
The information you will get will include:
The date the area was gazetted as a goldfield.
Locations of shafts, adits and mines
Gold Production figures
Gold Type (alluvial, reef, deep lead etc..)
Current lease holders
Okay lets start with a vid of how to find Gold youtu.be...
As a kid I head stories about using a wool blanket to dry pan... they would fill that blanket with black earth then two people would toss the material
up into the air... letting the wind carry off the lighter stuff... after picking out the rocks and looking for anything shinny they would then burn
the blanket and wet pan out the gold dust from the ashes...
Now there is yet another way to find gold
Nugget shooting is using a metal detector to find nuggets located underground. Nugget shooting can be done anywhere you think gold may be hidden.
Deserts, forests, riverbed, anyplace. There are many books written on the subject of finding gold with a metal detector.
Any metal detector will find gold, as gold is a metal. But, some metal detectors are geared toward relics or coins, and so the electronics are
specifically designed to give the best performance for these types of objects. A metal detector specifically designed for gold usually has no
"discrimination," that is, is detects all metals equally well, and is very, very sensitive. A typical gold nugget metal detector can find a nugget
slightly larger than the head of a pin (once you know your machine). If you use discrimination to reject nails and other trash, you loose the
sensitivity for these small nuggets. However, advances are being made in metal detector technology every day, and discriminating machines are getting
better at rejecting trash while still detecting very small nuggets.
Generally, for the average nugget shooter, a higher quality metal detector with some discrimination is a good detector to nugget shoot with. The
ability to interpret your detectors signals is more important than the style or cost of the metal detector.
I'm down here in Apple Valley Bare. Go'in looney sett'in at home everyday. Been wanting to go do this for so long and now I might as well. Hell let's
go ! Thank you so much for posting this. Very cool.
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Nice thread, Daddybare. Funny, but I was just talking to a friend who knew a friend who hit it big panning for gold. I just told my hubby maybe we
should go to Alaska to pan for gold. Only, I'd never, ever get him back cuz he'd be so crazy about it he'd never want to come home... It's a
nice thought though, isn't it? Panning for gold, hitting the dream and the rest is history as they say. Could life really be that simple? The wild
west days always appeal to men for some reason or other. Be it the absolute lawlessness, the ability to be "a man" I guess I just don't know.
Then, to get back into reality...got bills to pay, mortgage and school clothes, etc. But yeah, I want to go pan for gold, especially now that gold is
so high. Actually sold some platinum last week and some scrap gold. Sure beats collecting beer and pop cans.
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