How Can I Find Gold? (Prospecting for gold)

How Can I Find Gold? (Prospecting for gold)

Welcome. Tonight we’re going to talk
about something that keeps
coming up and it’s not too surprising. I’ve been asked this
question a lot lately, especially as I’m going back and forth
between gold in a storm and what happens to concentrate it and how you can get
started mapping and finding gold near you and the two connect together
with the following question. How can I find gold? This is a question that gets
asked over and over again, whether it’s a novice or a professional, they keep asking the same question because
this is the one you should always ask first. How can I find gold? How can I find it near me? What kind of tools am I going to
need and how do I start this process? So one of the first things I wanted to
kind of go over was really when you’re looking at gold and the process
of finding and recovering gold, it’s two stages. Finding the gold or prospecting and
then the recovery of the gold or mining. And when you go into the situation where
you’re trying to mind first and ask questions later, that’s a serious problem. We’ve seen that in some
dramatize television series. Okay? The point is you really want to start
out by looking at your prospect or your place that you’re thinking about and
knowing where to go and we’ve talked about this over the last few live sessions. One of the things I want
you to be aware of is this, you know, government gold maps, the GGM thing, that link I’ve got there at . That is where I always start because when
I build those maps in an area that I’m starting to think about looking or when
I’m looking for looking near me or near where I’m going to be, I can build my own custom map of that
area and start with where gold has been found before. That’s the number one step in any
of these things is ask yourself, is there a golden in this region? Even the guys on Gold Rush
will typically look and say, you know, “what’s the history of
this place?” By the way, the history is a big part of what
makes the show a success because the characters that are bound in a place
like that are amazing present and past. You know, Mark Twain did, you know he lived up in the
area around Angels Camp, California and many of the things he
wrote about prospectors such as roughing it, were all about that area and all about
the crazy life that prospecting is. So you want to be aware of what’s in the
area and starting with a map is a great idea, but that’s not the only thing cause you
want to take that map and we’ll go back to the opening screen and take a look. So here I’ve got a site survey map. This is an example of a very rough draft
that you can easily create in the field on your site by simply taking samples
and plotting them out with respect to the different geographic features
that your site has to offer. A piece of flat rock that sticks out
in the middle of a sandbar and all that kind of stuff. This looks like bedrock coming out here. We’ve got the flow of the creek in summer. We have an idea of what the flow was like
in winter because of the width of this thing, edge to edge. And what we’ve done here is
sample from side to side, perpendicular to the stream flow to
find the concentrated zones for gold recovery. This is where we find the most colors
in our pan as we go downstream. Building this kind of map is crucial to
understanding what your prospect has to offer. When you go into the final phase, which is the recovery and mining strategy. That’s when you go by the heavy
caterpillar equipment and not before, unless you need to do
a lot of deep samples. Then you buy specific pieces of equipment; an auger or some kind of a diamond core
drill if you need to go that route. But the idea is you don’t go there
until you know you have some reasonable chance of recovering that kind of
money cause it’s just a stupid waste. You know, that’s, it’s a business eventually. But as you’re doing it as a hobby, same problem holds true because now
what you’re wasting instead of money is time. You want to basically work on the
areas that are known to hold gold, to start with, have the highest probability of giving
you gold and will eventually turn out, or pan out – pun intended, into something useful. That’ll give you a feel
for where you’re going. Now let me get back to the screen. So, so if you’re working one of these
areas and you start to find some gold, you want to make sure that you
don’t get lost and just focus there. Because it might be that that’s just
one of many areas and there’s a higher, stronger probability of finding
golden and another section. That’s why you methodically plot this out. And I go over that. Some of the material that
we have for training, it’s too detailed to go into
in a show like this right now. The idea would be, hey, how do I do that? And how do I find that information so
that I know what my prospect is going to yield? So one, I don’t waste my time if I’m
doing recreation or professional. Two I don’t waste money or gasoline
or anything else or trips or you know, vacation time, you name it, it really doesn’t matter because it
all comes down to time and money, and fun. It’s not much fun to dig a hole after
hole after hole and I’d find anything. So the idea is how can I find gold? Spend more time where the
gold was found before, spend more time learning how
to methodically prospect. That’s what I’m here for. It help you learn that process so that
you don’t go in with kind of a wild unstructured way of just going
and wildly looking for gold. Some say “gold is where you find
it.” That kind of strategy is wrong. You want to basically go in with an idea
that I think I know where the gold is going to be and let’s change that goal. This is where you find it to
“Gold is where I found it.” So that’s the principle I
wanted to teach tonight. And that is where can I find gold? Start with the end in mind. Build yourself a map. Make sure you understand
what you’re looking for. Get into the business of looking
for the gold and finding it. So that’s what Prospector
Jess has to say tonight. Prospector Jess, over and out. Good prospecting. See Ya tomorrow.


  1. So far that new creek is dead.. I've test panned about 300 yards and only found 2 tiny specs, so now I'm gonna move way up and give it one more go.. I can't believe it because the creek looks so sweet

  2. Appreciate the awesome deal I was offered from you that I purchased late last night and am earnestly waiting for the login info for access so I can get started! Keep the videos coming and looking forward to the adventure!!

  3. Gold is a chemical element with symbol Au (from Latin: aurum) and atomic number 79.

    In its purest form, it is a bright, slightly reddish yellow, dense, soft, malleable, and ductile metal.

    Chemically, gold is a transition metal and a group 11 element.

    It is one of the least reactive chemical elements and is solid under standard conditions.

    Gold often occurs in free elemental (native) form, as nuggets or grains, in rocks, in veins, and in alluvial deposits.

    It occurs in a solid solution series with the native element silver (as electrum) and also naturally alloyed with copper and palladium.

    Less commonly, it occurs in minerals as gold compounds, often with tellurium (gold tellurides).

    Gold is thought to have been produced in supernova nucleosynthesis, from the collision of neutron stars, and to have been present in the dust from which the Solar System formed.

    Because the Earth was molten when it was formed, almost all of the gold present in the early Earth probably sank into the planetary core.

    Therefore, most of the gold that is in the Earth's crust and mantle is thought to have been delivered to Earth later, by asteroid impacts during the Late Heavy Bombardment, about 4 billion years ago.

    Gold is resistant to most acids, though it does dissolve in aqua regia, a mixture of nitric acid and hydrochloric acid, which forms a soluble tetrachloroaurate anion.

    Gold is insoluble in nitric acid, which dissolves silver and base metals, a property that has long been used to refine gold and to confirm the presence of gold in metallic objects, giving rise to the term acid test.

    Gold also dissolves in alkaline solutions of cyanide, which are used in mining and electroplating.

    Gold dissolves in mercury, forming amalgam alloys, but this is not a chemical reaction.

    Historically, the value of gold was rooted in its relative rarity, easy handling and minting, easy smelting and fabrication, resistance to corrosion and other chemical reactions (nobility) and its distinctive color.

    As a precious metal, gold has been used for coinage, jewelry, and other arts throughout recorded history.

    In the past, a gold standard was often implemented as a monetary policy, but gold coins ceased to be minted as a circulating currency in the 1930s, and the world gold standard was abandoned for a fiat currency system after 1976.

    A total of 186,700 tonnes of gold exists above ground, as of 2015.

    The world consumption of new gold produced is about 50% in jewelry, 40% in investments, and 10% in industry.

    Gold's high malleability, ductility, resistance to corrosion and most other chemical reactions, and conductivity of electricity have led to its continued use in corrosion resistant electrical connectors in all types of computerized devices (its chief industrial use).

    Gold is also used in infrared shielding, colored-glass production, gold leafing, and tooth restoration.

    Certain gold salts are still used as anti-inflammatories in medicine.

    As of 2014, the world's largest gold producer by far was China with 450 tonnes.

  4. It looks like it's going to be a good flood gold season in the southeast US. I hope to find it in neat little piles. Ha!

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