Gold Panning in Pennsylvania
When doing research into gold panning in Pennsylvania we came across some very valuable information regarding both gold panning and specifically gold panning in Pennsylvania. We have been involved in gold panning activities in the past but always in the Western parts of the United States and so when we moved East we were of course anxious to take up our gold panning activities again here in Pennsylvania. People often ask us what gold panning actually entails and the simplest explanation is that first you have to locate a suitable placer deposit. A placer deposit is a concentration of a natural material that has accumulated in unconsolidated sediments of a stream bed, beach, or residual deposit. Gold derived by weathering or other process from lode deposits is likely to accumulate in placer deposits because of its weight and resistance to corrosion. In addition, its characteristically sun-yellow color makes it easily and quickly recognizable even in very small quantities. The gold pan or miner's pan is a shallow sheet-iron vessel with sloping sides and flat bottom used to wash gold-bearing gravel or other material containing heavy minerals. Of course nowadays there have been many advances in technology and you can now use plastic a gold pan for panning which really helps to lessen the weight and the strain that a large steel pan would put on your back as you are bent over your gold dust laden gravel in the river. The process of washing material in a pan, referred to as "panning," is the simplest and most commonly used and least expensive method for a prospector to separate gold from the silt, sand, and gravel of the stream deposits. It is a tedious, back-breaking job and only with practice does one become proficient in the operation.
There are nowadays many new inventions and even new designs of gold pans that make it much more enjoyable and less back breaking work and when you are gold panning in a new area like we are here in Pennsylvania these new inventions can be real God sends. While we are still learning in our endeavors at gold panning in Pennsylvania we have had many good days and are much heartened by the results to date of our efforts and we hope to not only discover some new locations but also get more of our friends involved in gold panning here in Pennsylvania.