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Gold Prospector's Library
One of the core beliefs of Prospectors Plus is in teaching and promoting practical, safe and profitable prospecting and mining to our members. There is a lot of information available on the internet to help get yeah started - but wading through reams of search results to find the 'best information' can be frustrating. Our aim with the Prospector's Library is to start weeding through the good stuff and collect the best material right here, into a single respository.
You can help. If you've found a particularly interesting or helpful site or tidbit that you think others would benefit from, or if you are an author yourself, please send a pointer to firstname.lastname@example.org. All source material is cited and remains the property of the original author.There are many ways to learn about prospecting
While we feel that the best teacher is always experiance - getting out there and trying it yourself - we offer many resources here in the Prospector's Library to both inform and inspire.
Gold Prospecting Inspiration
There is nothing that get's the gold fever juices flowing more than reading about the gold prospecting adventures of others - their successes, miserable failures and triumphs. We offer the following experiances:
Nothing is inspiring as watching the price of your poke (eg, the gold you have collected) rise and fall - especially as it runs up in value as it has been prone to do recently. Whether you choose to hold on to your poke forever or are just looking to figure out what you could sell it for today, the article "What's Your Poke Worth" is worth the time to read.
The article, "A New Addiction" was written
by Don "Deuce" Gill, telling the story of his first dredging experiance.
Gold Prosepecting terms, facts and glossary
Gold prospecting and small-scale mining are a long held American tradition – which through the years has given birth to its own rich language a vernacular. It can be kind of intimidating when sitting in listening to conversations at the local mining shop and not have a clue as to what the ol’ sourdoughs are talking about. Get up to speed fast with our gold prospecting glossary of terms.
Gold prospecting gear and their use
There are literally thousands of gold prospecting gadgets and gizmos out there in the market today, most of which make prospecting a fun and rewarding hobby. However, if you don’t understand how to set them up, operate or maintain them properly – you are quite possibly missing a ton of gold.
What you really need to get started covers the items that belong in any prospecting kit.
The article 'Pans and Panning Basics' outlines basic instruction on gold panning and panning technique. Within the article, several videos are used to demonstrate in practical terms proper pan choices, practice exercises as well as a few advanced methods of finish panning.
The G1 and G2 Highbankers by US Prospector is the clear choice for the effective and efficient highbanking equipment on the market today. Take a look at what sets this highbanker apart from it's competitors (and imitators), how it’s set up, operated and cleaned.
Gold prospecting and the Law
Washington State’s streams contain excellent deposits of placer gold, an perfect start to any gold prospecting adventure. However, these rich streams and waterways are also important for the plant and animal communities they support. To help protect and regular stream and streamside habitats, the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife (DFW) created a booklet entitled, Gold and Fish that outlines the legal requirements for recreational gold prospecting and is your ‘permit’ to prospect on BLM and Forest Service land. Read how you stay within the law.
Staying within the law is serious business when it comes to small-scale mining and recreational gold prospecting. The article 'Criminalizing Small-Scale Mining: The Backlund Case' is a scary reminder out of the state of Oregon outlining how aggresive federal regulators can be when they believe you may have broken the law.
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