How To Prospect

Learning how to prospect properly can make a huge difference in your search for gold. Finding gold requires you to determine the right kind of spot where the chances of finding gold are high. Once you have that, you need to begin sampling or prospecting the gravel or soil in the area. By knowing how to prospect and where to prospect, you can increase your chances of locating gold and make your day better.

There is, basically, only one way to find gold - by washing the gravel or soil in water. However, the tools used for prospecting are varied, as are the ways in which they are put into use. Understanding them is the best way to start off in the prospecting hobby.

The Idea behind it
The fact is, gold, in terms of molecular structure, is denser than most other metals that are found in these prospecting sites. This means that when you have scooped up a bit of gravel into your gold pan or sluice box, you need to look down at the base, where the gold is likely to settle down. The, relatively, lighter metals around tend to float and that is what the whole concept is based at.

What you need
To learn how to prospect properly, you need to make sure you have the best tools. The tools, for prospecting, are quite simple. You can either buy a gold pan - a handy little pan that's made of plastic, wood, steel or tin, or you can choose to buy a bigger version known as the sluice box. The gold pan is something that every prospector should carry.

With the gold pan, you need to manually scoop up gravel or soil and run it slowly under water, releasing the lighter materials and keeping the denser particles in. there are grooves on the sides of these gold pans, ensuring that the denser materials don't flow out with the rest.

Sluice boxes are, basically, the same as gold pans but the difference is that they are built to work on their own. The box has an inlet, which is wider to allow water to flow into it. The bottom of this shallow box is lined with various obstacles to catch gold and other denser materials.

As you pass a sample of gravel and dirt through the sluice box, you allow water to flow through, taking the materials with it. The riffles on the bottom, along with the mesh and uneven surfaces allow the sluice box to catch all possible gold nuggets and let the lighter, unwanted substances pass through.

You can also use these
If you are allowed, according to local legislations, to use dredgers, then you can add another dimension to your sluice boxes. These dredging tools scoop up gravel or dirt from the bottom of a river, using a suction device, and transfer it onto your sluice box. The sluice box, itself, doesn't need to be on the surface of the water. It can be placed further away from the water-source, as long as there is some form of water available to help separate the gold from the rest.

When you learn how to prospect and the techniques behind it, it is also important to learn about the rules and regulations surrounding these elements. These rules are, at times, essential not only for your safety but also for the safety and preservation of the natural environment.

Along with Dredging devices, a simple metal detector can help you find metal deposits on land. These detectors are completely legal although you need to adhere to digging laws and regulations, in terms of the amount you dig and the amount of earth you shift.

Metal detectors are available in many department stores as well as in shopping marts and stores specialising in prospecting equipment.

Do your Prep-Work well
As long as you are aware of outdoor-living techniques and of the ways & means to prospect for gold, you should be quite safe in your prospecting adventures! There are few things more dangerous than heading out there with half-knowledge. Make sure that your first few trips are with someone experienced, if you don't have the confidence of living out there alone.

Prospecting is a great way to spend some quality time, alone or with family & friends, out amongst nature's beautiful settings. From camping outdoors to spending a night under the stars, there are many added bonuses to prospecting for gold. Just make sure you know how to prospect for gold and that's all you'll need to make sure you come back with hidden treasures on your wonderful trips.

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