Today one of the most popular ways to go gold prospecting is to take the time and make the effort to learn how to pan for gold. There are only a few things needed for this method of gold prospecting. They are a panning dish, an eye for shiny objects and plenty of persistence. The best type of pan used for gold prospecting is approximately 14 inches around and has ripples in it. The pan should be a very dark color because this will make the gold easier to see. If it’s not possible to get this type of pan then a regular dark colored pan will suffice. The other gold prospecting items needed would be some type of digging utensil such as a trowel, some muslin and a small clear container to hold the gold that’s been discovered. When looking for a gold prospecting area its best to carefully choose a place to work. If you’re using an area near a place that’s been previously used, choose a spot where water is flowing at a steady pace so it’s muddy and covering the view of the pan. It should be at least seven inches deep and preferably have a place to sit.
Once you have the gold prospecting equipment and have carefully chosen a spot now it’s time to do some work. Put the pan in the muddy part and fill it three quarters with gravel. Put it back under the water and move the pan back and forth but be certain the material stays in the pan after it’s been loosened up. At this point the gold prospecting begins with the material in the pan. Carefully start making circular movements while holding the pan. The dirt and clay in the pay will slowly go away. Any large items such as big rocks, roots or other stones can be removed. Gold prospecting using this method only gets easier with practice. many people who go gold prospecting will use a sieve. It is designed to fit on the top of a gold prospecting pan and prevents large items such as stone and more from getting into the pan. There are a variety of mesh screens sizes available for gold prospecting sieves.
The places where most people go gold prospecting have people available who will purchase the gold. There are a variety of gold prospecting clubs with members who will be willing to purchase the gold. If someone is on a gold prospecting tour there will be people to purchase the gold. Gold prospecting has been done successful in almost every part of the United States. Other countries where gold prospecting has been productive are Australia, South Africa and England. When looking for a specific place to get some gold it’s best to talk to the residents in the area. Most residents will know where the gold is located. There may be some locals who will say there is no gold in a particular area and that it has all been panned out. The reality is that spring snow melts and rain storms causes more gold to be washed downstream. Experts estimate that only five percent of the gold that exists has been minded. There is still plenty of gold prospecting to be done.