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     In the US early prospectors were lured west by the promise of gold. They travelled across mountains carrying picks, shovels and gold pans. Prospectors searched from deep canyons to mountain peaks, hardly leaving a rock unturned. Most early prospectors had no training and relied mainly on luck to hit paydirt.

     The most basic way to extract gold from placer dirt is panning. In panning, dirt is placed in a the gold pan, combined with water and then agitated. The agitation in water causes the gold, being more dense than the dirt and gravel, to settle to the bottom. The lighter dirt and gravel are then slowly washed out of the pan with water, leaving the gold behind.

     Once a good deposit of gold is located by gold panning it is usually better to switch to a method that can handle a greater volume of dirt, such as a high-banker, sluice, rocker box, or dredge. It is important to note, however, that all of these methods produce gold concentrates that must then be panned out with your gold pan. So gold panning is the most important skills to learn for the new prospector.

     Gold prospecting is a fun and rewarding hobby for the whole family. It's a great way to enjoy nature and stay active. And, with the price of gold reaching record highs you might just be able to make a little profit. Check out the site links below for more information.
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