How do you Know its Gold?
One characteristic that can help a prospector define whether his finding is gold or not, is the malleability it has to be drawn out of flatted without chipping or breaking. Gold can be drawn out to very surprising lengths without breaking and this is why gold can be found stuck in teensy crevices and cracks. This specific characteristic is one that can assist the gold prospector to define if his find is indeed gold. You would be surprised how many people are not aware of what gold looks like even when it is right in front of them. Obviously this is something that needs to be learned about though. The experienced prospectors are able to recognize gold without the need of even touching it; just by simply looking at it. if you are an amateur and believe you have found gold, there is an easy way to identify this; simply press the suspected gold piece with the edge of the blade of a knife. Real gold will flatten while fool’s gold will simply crumble therefore this means that gold will not break up or crumble when it is being cut. Something else that is sometimes confusing for amateur prospectors is that gold does not oxidize. Gold will last an eternity and this is why it is has been searched and looked for since the beginning of times. Besides this known of fact and the fact that it is rare, it is obviously the perfect measure of wealth. One thing that many people become confused with gold though is that since it does not corrode they lead themselves to believing that all gold is shiny when it is found. The truth is though that gold is usually found in a state where it is dirty, rusty looking, coated in white, crusted with slag or is found embedded in rock or black sand. After the coating has been cleaned off or after the nugget has been broken out of its shell it is then that it will shine. This requires of a process though which in most cases is done with nitric acid so as to make the process go a little quicker. In cases in which the gold is in quartz and rock the samples are processed with hydrofluoric acid. Remember when dealing with acids that they are extremely dangerous and should be used appropriately and with a lot of caution. As a final point, remember to check everything that you are able to find with your detector which lets off a signal.