Category: Placer Mining

Finding Ancient Rivers with Gold

Ancient Rivers of Gold

Streams and river basins are some of the most popular places to find gold because over thousands, if not millions of years these waterways have cut into and eroded areas were gold deposits exist...

Gold Nuggets from a Dredge

How Suction Dredges find Placer Gold

With most gold mining operations being small, one to two person jobs, finding the right equipment to match the particular needs of the location is vital to increasing the chances of getting what is...

Dry Washer

Using a Drywasher to Find Desert Gold

A drywasher is actually a fairly modern device despite the relative simplicity of how it works. While the origins of the drywasher are still somewhat shrouded, the early machines were not doubt operated by...

Classifying Gold

Classifying Gold Bearing Material

Classifying is a simple process that is often overlooked by gold prospectors. It is a relatively simple step, but it does take some extra work to do. Basically, you want to remove any larger...

Best Gold Pan

Metal vs. Plastic Gold Pans

There are a whole lot of options out there today when it comes to gold prospecting equipment. There are new designs and different tools that are coming out every year, designed to help miners...

high banking for gold

Highbanking for Gold

Highbanking has become a very popular way to prospect for gold in recent years. There are a couple different reasons for this. First, highbankers are an excellent tool since you can move quite a...

gold bars

Selling Placer Gold to a Refinery

There are a few different options on where to sell your gold. If you are a prospector who has accumulated a bit of placer gold that you need to sell for some quick cash,...

Alaskan Huge Gold Nugget

The Largest Gold Nugget Found in Alaska

The largest gold nugget ever found in Alaska was discovered in 1998. It was recovered from a placer mining operation near the small town of Ruby, Alaska by Barry Clay. He was moving material...