Prospecting & Detecting
Finding Gold With A Simple Sluice Box
March 2022 by Chris Ralph
…the sluice is a normal first step up from a gold pan for many prospectors. They are simple to use, easily portable, can capture a lot of gold, and can process gravel 10 to 20 times faster than a person can pan…
California State and US National Gold Panning Championships
This was two days of gold panning, with just over 250 gold panners trying to win a medal to show they were one of the best of the best.
Take it to Bedrock
Picking the right spot to placer has to do with years of experience, and a little luck. The textbooks can tell you where it should be, but sometimes the rules just don’t seem to apply.
The Story Behind the Story
Anyone who has found a patch knows the difficulties involved. Those who haven’t can guess, and with any effort will soon realize it.
What, Where and How for the New Prospector
How to go about the entire process of prospecting is a big question. The answer comes down to research and preparation.
Advantages of Modern Prospectors
Modern-day placer miners have many advantages over the prospectors of the gold rush days. Our prospectors can reap many benefits from accumulated knowledge of the last 100 to 150 years, which is a long and impressive list.
Panning for Gold on Canyon Creek
I was able to remove the gravels with the assistance of a crowbar and I scooped them up with a garden trowel. This gravel contained over a pennyweight of gold and there were several 2-grain and 3-grain pieces…
Gold Indicators—What to Look for in the Goldfields
Some of the items that I’m going to go over are outcroppings, ditches, exploratory trenches and contacts/surface materials. I am going to speak about each of the above items in as much detail as I can, and then towards the end of this article I will tie them together.
The Bawl Mill • Ask The Experts - My detector only finds bullets • Ask The Experts - Any tips on finding gold in Colorado? • Ask The Experts - Should I be seeing black sands in the tailings of my sluice box? • Ask The Experts - How do I sell my gold? • Ask The Experts - Is Welsh gold more valuable? • Detecting A Trashy Area • Winter Prospecting • Are You Being Followed? • Critical Minerals Update • Overcoming Repeated Skunks • Butte County: Another Mother Lode Favorite • Welcome to Nothing • Melman on Gold & Silver • Mining Stock Quotes and Mineral & Metal Prices
Legislative and Regulatory Update • Gold Prospecting for Better or Worse: Golden Memories • Crisson Gold Mine Robbed At Gunpoint