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Gold Detecting

Updated on December 12, 2013

Searching for Gold

"Gold! Gold! Gold from the American River!" These are the famous words shouted by Samuel Brannanas as he ran through the streets of San Francisco in 1848. It was these words that sparked another major gold rush.

Gold detecting is something that has intrigued man for thousands of years. The allure and prospect of becoming rich overnight has not lost its appeal. In fact, it is as popular as ever and with the new and improved models of metal detectors more and more people are taking up the adventure of hunting for gold and treasure.

Hunting For Gold

Gold, that elusive metal that has founded some of the biggest migrations of people in the history of the USA. The early rushes would see a small town convert into a vast city, once the word was out, that "there's gold in them thar hills". That allure of instant wealth and riches attracted people of all walks and life from all over the globe. If you have decided to join the ranks of gold prospectors, you have entered into a very exciting new adventure. Gold detecting has become far easier and much more accurate in the past few decades.

Metal detectors have been around for a number of years and they have been steadily improving. Today with a decent gold detector you can locate very small nuggets at much greater depths. These devices also make it easier to search and find gold in areas that are not close to water. These machines are perfect for hunting in desert areas that may have once been the site of an old river bed.

There are a number of good models on the market that will permit you to find gold. However, the wide range of both price and abilities may make it difficult for a beginner to determine which type of machine to buy. You are going to have to spend some time researching which detector is going to suit you personally. You have to know what kind of gold you are hunting for (gold nuggets and flakes as opposed to lost gold jewellery) and where you are planning to hunt. These two factors will be a big influence on the machine that you select.

The display on the detectors varies between makes and models. Some detectors use an audio signal with a LCD display that shows a bar graph to indicate the probability of there being a treasure buried in the ground. These signals can be adjusted to locate different metals and minerals that you might want to hunt for. A good gold detector will be able to filter out the noise made by many of the junk items that you are not interested in. Therefore, you will have far less chance of digging up tin can tops and nails. However, you may miss other things that the detector will not pick up on i.e. coins because you have tuned it to a gold setting.

When you first start hunting, patience is going to be a key factor. Depending upon the unit that you are using, you are going to have to spend some time adjusting and fine tuning your machine. Additionally, you are going to have to learn how to listen and interpret your machine's signals. However, after a number of junk finds you should start to be able to recognize the difference in the volume and strength of the signal. Many new comers to hunting often misinterpret the lower signal. They do not realize that the detector is indicating a nugget that is buried deeper in the ground.

First, make sure that you have a realistic approach to gold detecting. You are not going to walk out and find nuggets the size of eggs on your first day out. In fact, it may take several trips before you are able to find anything of value. However, you should not give up, but rather focus on the information that you have learned during your trips. If you were finding many trash items, you may have to think about re-tuning your machine. If you were unable to find anything, it could be that you are not hunting in a good place. Research, patience and persistence, these are the keys to success.

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Where To Find Gold

Where is the gold? That is probably the biggest question asked by any person who has bought a metal detector with the thought of striking it rich. There are two basic ways to look for gold, and both methods are very different. The first method is to look for new gold. This is undiscovered gold. You will be trying to located nuggets. The other method is to search for gold that has been lost. Both methods can be very lucrative.

If you intend to hunt for new gold, you are going to need to do some research. You should learn about gold and gold deposits. The more you understand about how and when gold veins were created, the better your chances are for finding a deposit. You should learn to know and recognize the most likely places where a deposit might be located in a river and how deep the gold in the area might be.

A great place to start when trying to find an area that may have gold deposits is to read mining reports. You should also talk to any locals who might be willing to talk about any previous gold exploration in the area. Take some time and determine if there were any mines in the region.

If you are planning on hunting for lost gold, there are two basic approaches. One is to hunt for recently lost items, and the other is to try to find things that may have been lost decades or even centuries earlier. If you are hoping to find items that have been recently lost, then you may want to search areas like parks, schools, picnic areas, fairgrounds, parking lots and under grandstands and bleachers.

People who want to find older caches of treasure are going to have to do a bit more research. A great way to start is to check old maps. One of the things that you are looking for are old buildings that may be been demolished or that are abandoned. You should check for old land usage. Look for places where old railway tacks might have been or old roads. Talk to local people and ask questions. Find out as much as you can about the history of an area. Ghost towns can be one of the best places to do your hunting.

Beaches and rivers are often a source of both old and new treasure. If you are in an area that has been used for years you may have the good fortune to find many different types of treasures. It is not unheard of for people searching along the ocean to find an old coin that was part of a sunken ship's cargo. The ocean and water currents bring in new treasures all the time.

No matter which kind of hunting you intend to do it is very important that you make certain that you have permission to search and dig in the area. In some regions if you want to search for gold you have to get a special license or permit. You should also investigate and find out if there are any prospecting clubs in the area. If available you might want to consider joining one of these clubs. These organizations often have permission from local land owners to search in certain places. They may even have their own claims that you can use as a member of the club.

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Metal Detecting Tips

Always make certain that you bring extra batteries.If you are going into a heavily wooded area, be certain to have a map and a compass or a GPS unit with you.While detecting, you should be moving the coil in a sweeping motion from side to side in front of you.Each sweep that you make should slightly overlap the previous one to avoid missing any area.You should try to keep your sweeping pace slow and continuous. You have to give the detector a chance to locate the targets.Be kind to the environment. Bring along a trash bag and throw away any rubbish items that you do find.Always fill in your holes.Bring along lots of water. You do not want to have to leave because you are thirsty.If you are searching for gold deposits, keep your findings a secret! Take a lesson from the past, and do not share your special treasure location with anybody that you do not completely trust.Follow all local laws when you are hunting. Make certain that you have permission to hunt and dig in the area.Do not ignore the faint signals that you are getting from the detector. A faint signal can indicate a treasure that is located at a deeper depth.Check the weather forecast before you go out for a day of hunting. A valuable detector may be damaged if you are caught out in a sudden storm.When you are finished hunting for the day make certain to remove your batteries.If you are planning to go to the seaside to do your hunting you should always go at low tide. When the water is out you can get further off shore than at high tide. Do not forget to check tide pools.Always keep the coil of the detector parallel to the ground.Continue to scan the hole as you dig. You can then tell if the object is still in the same place.Dig extremely carefully you do not want to inadvertently miss the object of your search.Join any local clubs. Experienced members will have a vast amount of knowledge and may offer some extremely useful information about hunting in the region.If you are going to be searching on the beach, or near water, it is best to have a metal detector that is waterproof. Detectors can be easily damaged by salt water so make certain that you take this into account in your selection.If you intend to search a large area you should use a gridding system. This will help to ensure that you do not miss any area of ground and in the event that you may be forced to stop at the end of the day and return you will not be searching the same area twice.

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