Where Can You Find Gold? Deserts are ideal places to search, other locales are greatly urbanized and will not yield results; at least not as much as you can probably find in deserts. Of course, we are not referring to harsh and impossible lands but normal North American desert country.
Maine, Vermont, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Colorado, Wyoming, New Mexico, Nevada, Arizona, California, Idaho, Washington, Montana, and Oregon are established gold-spots. The entire process of using gold detectors to find gold is called Prospecting.
- Choose a desert wash, namely a zone where vegetation grows and there is or was a source of water nearby. The primary reason why washes are good options is because of the presence of black sand, an indication of gold (a small chance at finding it, but a chance nevertheless).
- Grains of gold are mixed into black sand decades past and they sift and disperse over time. These gold grains will measure half that of a grain of salt; they are that small.
- Hard packed earths created by a river channel that once used to flow through there and made those impressions are the main search-target. Rounded rocks and stones are indications of water-based erosion; look for those.
Immensely high or wide banks and regions can still be searched used a powerful metal detector with its sensitivity settings all the way to 10. The discrimination is set to minimum. Soil is on normal setting for now; black sand and other options are also available on such high-end detectors. Turn it on and shake it gently at the ground to ground-balance the device. Depending on the quality of the detector, it can catch hold of extremely small bits and pieces of metal.
- Move it back and forth over the wall produced by the river channel. The stronger the hum or beep, the clearer the indication of where the metal is lodged.
- You may experience a few hits around such places. A tiny granule of gold (a ‘picker’; named because it is just big enough to be picked up) is possibly present in there.
Rounded river rock or not, dig the material out carefully and sift through them. Spread them out as best you can and move the detector over the soil, rock, and sundry content.
Filter them in a bucket when needed and physically search for the metals in question. Vacuum the material you need and take it back with you for processing. The filter bucket can be of different sieve sizes to accomodate the type of gold bits you are looking to find. A simple campfire grill can prevent a world of delay. Set it up against the rockface, use a shovel and throw the material onto the grill. It breaks up most of the thickened clumps and makes filtering, sieving, and processing work much easier.
- River channels have dark muddy surfaces that contain river rock. Under this, there spread pale bleached rocks and scree. The so-called red river rock contains gold because once it was the riverbed along which gold tumbled in bits and pieces through some cause or other.
- The underlying surface layers of red river rockbeds (quite solid) are a great source of gold granules. Scrape the top layers with a snow shovel or another adequate tool. Your metal detector will help finetune your search.
- Gold is concentrated on the crust mentioned above more than anywhere else in river channels long dry is.
- There are different gold or metal detector types out there. For instance, using a pulse or deep detector helps with red river prospecting. This will help you find gold set deep in the rock body, about the size of a ring for example; highly rare, though.
The detector needs to be properly setup or you will end up wasting time. Gold discovery is not guaranteed so take your time and be understanding if you fail to find any.