Common Land formations when looking for Gold
Another type of geological evidence of past geologic activity is “outcrops”. Outcrop is a geological term referring to the outer shell of bedrock or surface deposits uncovered at the exterior of the Earth. In most places the bedrock or superficial deposits are sheltered by a layer of soil and vegetation and cannot be seen or looked at closely. Nevertheless in places where the overlying cover is detached due to erosion, the rock may be exposed, or it might crop out. Such exposure will take place most regularly in areas where erosion is speedy and goes beyond the weathering rate such as on steep hillsides, riverbanks, or tectonically active areas. Bedrock and superficial deposits may possibly also be uncovered at the earth's surface because of human excavations such as quarrying and building of transport routes.
In other words outcrops are basically places where the underlying rock has been spurted upwards through the softer earth and then firmed itself there. The result of this gives a meadow or field of normal soil a look of a blemish with monoliths and low ridges of solid rock. These are lines along the side ok a hillside that changes suddenly, such as if you had just closed a zipper. Therefore finding faults or outcrops is one way that the locals can help you to find what you are looking for if you ask them. Most people will not have a problem pointing these out to you as they are evidence of earthquakes and are usually more than happy to point them out.
A gold prospector will happy to know that the fault lines and outcrops are important because pressures allow minerals to be squirted into the rip produced in the earth. This means that fault lines are usually good indicators of where you can find gold. The regular processes of wearing away might wipe away the seeable evidences of the vein on the earth but this wearing away might also wash the gold away from the surface of the vein down into a stream that is below. Therefore if you are looking for gold you should look for it below the fault in a place where you think it possible the rain might wash the gold. If you do find any evidence of gold, you can then work your way up to the fault and go into it.