Different Kinds of Pocket Placers
There are actually three different kinds of pocket placers and these consist of, the permanent ones, transitory ones and temporary ones.
Permanent pocket placers are the ones that can be found at bedrock. Permanent placers are in general the most ancient of the modern day placers; in most cases they are not under twenty five years old and in many cases over a hundred years or more. These are more easily preserved since the stream rarely reaches bedrock during flood stage. These types of pocket placers have in general been the richest and offer more gold than the other type. The only problem with this kind of placer is the amount of sand that needs to be removed in order to get to the gold. Bedrock is in a lot of cases around sixty or more feet deep and is not usually closer than twenty-five feet, so good luck with all that digging. It is not common for amateur prospectors to venture into large bedrock placers unless they have three ore more people with them and a dredge that is at least six inches big.
Transitory pocket placers are the ones that can be found between bedrock and the top of the bed load. The transitory pocket placers are usually the ones that are mainly found with the modern mining equipment that is available for everyone these days.
Transitory pockets are normally anywhere from six to teen feet deep and are pockets that have been forming for the last few years. They are usually not over ten years of age however this differs depending on the pattern of the weather in the past. These are normally concentrated by a natural riffle such as a rock etc. They can often times be located in places where the bedrock is near the surface and pot holes or other depressions have been created. In a lot of cases, the transitory pocket placer is still inhabiting but then an accumulation of pay streak has occurred due to a natural riffle that places the gold together allowing it to settle in together.
Temporary pocket placers are the building up or accumulation that can be located on top of the current line but under the high water mark. They are not old in age and most of them form during the last flood stage of a stream. These can normally be found in a natural riffle, depression or crevice and in most cases they do not stay there for a long time, obviously this is different though in cases where teensy nuggets get tightly wedged in between the rocks.
There are certain temporary pocket placers that are so delicate that they get washed away back into the stream by the next rain. These are not difficult to locate by exploring banks. However in most cases people just so happen to run into them. These placers cannot be trusted though because like we said they are temporary.
People that are just getting into prospecting are constantly looking for specific areas to find gold in. while this is a good quest, the truth is that there are so many specific areas that it would take a whole book full to list them all. The best thing though is to study up on the types of places gold can be commonly found and apply the suggestions you have learned in the field and obviously you will need to hold on to your own judgment as far as where to do your prospecting.