Top 10 Places you Should Look for Gold (A Beginner’s Guide)
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Small deposits of gold can crop up anywhere. However, if you want to find concentrated deposits that can make your search worthwhile, knowing some rudimentary facts about how gold moves around will certainly help.
So before we get to our top 10 locations you should search for gold, let’s go over some of the basic geological factors you should consider.
Gravity is your friend
Gold is heavy. In fact, it is 3 times heavier than iron and a whopping 19 times heavier than water.
This means that with the assistance of gravity, small gold particles will always sink to the lowest level as its path will allow.
As Mother Nature does her thing, with wind, rain, floods and thaws impacting the earth, trapped gold will be freed and will work its way to its lowest point.
So as a general guide, looking for where water flows down hill in a way where deposits can become trapped is a very good starting point.
Gravel bars on the inside of river bends are a good place to look. The particles will be fine, but in the right location you can be treated to a bounty.
The level, flat part of a stream after it has had a period of steep incline, (i.e. downstream from a section of rapids or a waterfall).
As mentioned above, earthy hillsides and small cliff points during or after storm water has run across them.
High benches that are caused by a stream cutting deeper into a canyon. Rounded rocks in the canyon wall would have once been at water level; look in the grooves behind these to see if any gold has been trapped.
A simple one this: moss and grass roots on the outer bend river’s edge. Gold can slowly accumulate here.
The down-stream sides of boulders that look like they have not moved for years. Protected from the flow of water, the ridges at the base of the rock could house precious gold.
Look for any pot holes in the bed rock.
Small streaks of gravel laying on the bed rock, (however, you will need special tools to remove these if they are under water).
It is tempting to look for gold in popular prospecting areas. However, to find deposits that might have been missed you should look for lines of moss running along the bed rock. This hints to being an area that has been undisturbed, and there is very likely to be small cracks beneath that can house particles of gold.
Newly formed gravel bars are also a potential ground for recently trapped particles.