Gold Dredging in Rivers
Gold dredging on rivers motivated new interest in prospecting and was considered a great sport and a way of obtaining a little extra income in the past as well. Even though the desert areas that were prospected on lacked water, this did not discourage many people seeking for gold as they worked hard with dry washers. The reasons these places were sought in was because this is where the gold could be found. Our ancestors were indeed the ones that found all of the gold bearing areas for us. Some of these areas include new rivers that carry down the placer nuggets, the ancient tertiary rivers that provided to the streams and are now located on high mountain ridges, the rock gullies of streams and rivers that have dried up, the quartz outcrops on high mountains that have gold veins on them, the summer washes that are left from storms, exposed bedrock, etc, are some of the places that nature has chosen to keep its most precious and sought after treasure. Obviously there are times in which a prospector is able to find a gully or canyon that was missed and that might have a rich patch of placer nuggets however, in most cases someone was already there before you. The fact that someone got there before you though should not be taken as a disadvantage given that our forefathers and ancestors have been digging up the earth for us with the shovels and picks they had and we have now come up with and developed many new innovative and efficient tools that can be used to capture the gold that had already been worked on, making the job easier in some cases. It is obvious that nature lets go of more gold on certain years such as when winter storms show up and spring runoffs from the high lodes in the mountains, however a lot of the newer gold that can be found by miners these days is just old gold that has worked its way closer to the surface and that is more accessible by the movement of these same amounts of water. This is the reason why it is possible to go back to the same exact areas every year after a spring runoff and find gold in these same places. Erosion, which occurs naturally, continues to supply the earth with new gold. Those who are interested in finding out what areas they should go to in order to find gold should talk to their detector dealers. While it is true he might not refer you to his secret place, he will be able to give you a general idea of where you can begin looking. There is also the option of becoming a member of a prospecting club that can be found in certain states. Those who are interested in doing some new ground work and have located a hot spot themselves should get some topographical maps. In most cases old mining areas have areas that have been marked with a pick or shovel. Older maps are in many cases very good items to have given that gold can sometimes be found in areas that have been overlooked. Do some research as well on where old mining camps can be found as this will give you a very clear idea of other places you can search in. The good thing about doing research is that you can find out about the type of mining that was done in these areas and these are usually the best ways to go about mining in those particular spots. If you are not sure or want to get more feedback look for additional research sources such as the internet, other books etc.