Gold Prospecting

Gold prospecting is the act of looking for new gold deposits. Started traditionally as a commercial activity, it later evolved into a popular outdoor recreation. Prospecting methods vary with the type of deposit searched and the prospector’s available resources.

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Where was sluicing invented?

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Sluices were first used in the alluvial mining of gold placer deposits during the California Gold Rush.
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Where can you earn a living prospecting for gold?

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Without doubt, Kalgoorlie, Australia. I know someone who spent three months metal detecting there and found 11oz. 11oz for 3 months, that's about £8500, sounds better than working.
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Where is the most likely place in Arkansas to prospect for gold?

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Both Gold and Silver have been found in Arkansas from the Ouachita mountains. Gold here is usually found in Manganese stained quartz veins. There are public lands located in the Ouachita mountains in the Ouachita National forest that are open to prospecting. You may want to check with rangers before proceeding.
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What is the rocker and cradle?

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A rocker and cradle gets its name from its method of operation. Simply, a rocker consists of a sluice box and hopper mounted in such a way that it can rock side to side. Gold bearing gravel is dropped into the hopper which was typically a square shallow box with a metal or wooden screen on the bottom. A miner would then pour water into the hopper. The smaller gravel would pass through the screen and drop into the sluice as the miner continued to pour water into the hopper. The miner would also rock the rocker from side to side. This helped the gold to settle to the bottom of the sluice where it would get caught in the riffles. Once all of the small gravel had passed through the hopper screen, the miner would remove the hopper and dump out the larger rocks after checking visually for larger nuggets. Rockers were popular because they did not require as large of a water supply as was needed to run a regular sluice. Regular sluices needed a good flow of moving water to wash out the gold bearing gravel.
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Why did so many men die in their quest for klondike gold?

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The main reason was avalanche. On April 3rd,1898 an avalanche killed at least 50 with some estimates as high as 70. This became known as The Palm Sunday Avalanche. Many people died because they were not properly equip for the extremes of Alaska weather. Others were killed by natives whose land was taken and others were killed by wild animals. Also the Alaska frontier was like the lawless west and crime was a problem which also lead to death. As you can see their were many causes of deaths
Asked in Mining, Gold and Precious Metals, Gold Prospecting

Why are gold and silver not mined from seawater?

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To date, gold and silver can be mined more economically on land.
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How did people earn a living in the gold era?

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There was a need for most every trade that supplied the miners with the tools to prospect for gold. Almost everything we need today was used back then. People were needed to cook and fix equipment, sell shovels and food. There was entertainment, saloons and veterinarians to take care of the horses. One common way to make a living was to work in the mines or to work for other miners on their claims.
Asked in Gold Prospecting, Kentucky

Can you prospect for gold in Kentucky?

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Kentucky does not have favorable conditions for finding gold. The geology is not condusive for finding gold in quantity. Most of the surface rocks are sedimentary and there hasn't been any tectonic,metamorphic or igneous event to make conditions good for gold prospecting. That being said, Can you prospect for gold in Kentucky? Yes, if you can find someplace to prospect, you can go ahead.
Asked in Earth Sciences, Gold and Precious Metals, Gold Prospecting

How is gold processed?

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gold is processed by getting gold from the gold mine, then they make it into gold bars and send it off. the shape it by melting it in a thing that they want to shape it in.
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Could you earn a living prospecting for gold?

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Yes, it is possible, but VERY difficult and arduous work. ----------------- It very much depends on how much money it takes to maintain your desired lifestyle. When i lived out of my van and had no children or wife i found it was very easy to earn a living. Once i got the experience i needed to know to learn how to "read the river"it was easy to make $150 to $400 per week just using a gold pan, sluice box and a small suction dredge (2 1/2 inch). The key is not to give up until you figure out what you are doing, then it gets fairly easy. Fun even. It is tough in the beginning and it is very easy to give up. The rewards are there however if you stick with it.
Asked in History of Ireland, Saint Patrick's Day, Math and Arithmetic, Gold and Precious Metals, Gold Prospecting

How much gold is in a pot of gold?

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There is x number of gold coins in the pot. x = y/z, where y is equal to the cubic area of the pot, and z is equal to the cubic area of the gold coin. True, there are often times pots of gold that are heaped up, but the question asked how much god is "in" a pot of gold.
Asked in San Francisco, Gold Prospecting

Was gold discovered in San Francisco?

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No, it was discovered in Sutter's Creek near Sacramento this started the California Gold Rush which brought many settlers out from the eastern United States to the western. San Francisco was the closest major port city.
Asked in Geology, Gold and Precious Metals, Gold Prospecting

What did miners do after they found gold?

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In the gold rush days of the United States, they would commonly yell "EUREKA", then ride a horse to town to celebrate. Their claim would then be jumped and a fight would ensue, generally ending in the death of the poor miner.
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How can you test a rock for gold to make sure it isn't fools gold?

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hit it with a hammer: if it shatters its fools gold, if it flattens it is probably gold.
Asked in Phoenix, Gold Prospecting

Where to find gold in Maricopa County Arizona?

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Possibly at bedrock. or at the mouth of. dry streambeds emptying out of the Mazatzal Mts. northeast of Phoenix.
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Where are the best places to prospect for gold?

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The best place to prospect for gold is where gold has historically been found. Gold bearing streams and rivers are well known and present the best place for finding more gold.
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How did miners get the tools to the fields?

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Sometimes they hand carried them in.
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What are the methods of prospecting?

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Many miners use a gold pan and pan along streams and rivers that have a history of producing gold in the past. Others use a dredge. A dredge sucks up the gravel at the bottom of a stream or river and runs the gravel over a sluice box to separate the gold from the gravel Hard rock mining is another method but is very involved compared to other methods. Highbanking isn't very common but you do see it occasionally. "highbanking" is a mining process where you pump the water up to where you are working instead of bringing the gold bearing gravel to the water. The object is to work a "bench" of gravel up on a hillside as efficiently as possible. Another method of gold prospecting is to use a drywasher in the desert. This is a method where you look for gold without water in desert conditions. Yet another method is to use a metal detector. this is very popular in Australia and has produced some large nuggets. There are numerous other methods such as "heap leaching" but this covers most methods that quite a few miners use.
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What is a gold nugget?

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It is a gold nugget that was found on the bedrock. It is a chunk of gold, maybe bb sized or larger. Larger than dust or sand. More like a pebble or rock sized. A gold nugget is a clump of gold that is small and very precious. To find one in the 1850s gold rush would be a huge achievement.
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How much money does a gold miner earn?

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they earn about $50000-$200000 per year
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When did the Alaska Gold Rush begin?

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The Alaska gold rush began in1897
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How did hydraulic mining help in the gold rush?

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They didn't have big equipment like so they would run a pipe up hill into a dammed up spot in the river and the pressure would wash away the banks of the hill and leave the heaver gold then they would sluice it and pan it they were able to move allot of earth that way and scared the land.