Someone once told me that finding gold is like shooting a ghost.
Knowing some basics about geology is a way of evening out the game. If you want to find the noble metal, it’s important to be able to identify the types of rocks and other indicators that gold may be present.
Luckily for me, our property is a microcosm of the geology often associated with gold so I don’t have to go far to study.
We have a fault running through the middle of our land, springs, quartz formations, loads of iron (gold rides the iron horse), magnetite, garnet and other “heavies” associated with gold, bedrock for easy access, contact zones (where two different rock types meet), and past volcanic activity.
It’s all there – but is the gold? If you want better odds at finding it, learn as much as you can about gold-related geology but it that doesn’t “pan” out, do like I did: try divining with rods.
I’m not convinced dowsing works but since I learned that magnetite is heavily associated with gold, I wonder if there are deposits the could be influencing the metal rods?
Besides, it’s fun to wander around outside holding two metal rods out in front of me at two in the morning. I wonder what the neighbors think? I’m known to keep very odd hours.
Once I find a promising rock, I crush it and pan it out to check for particles of gold.
I haven’t found any yet but I’ve been told that like ghosts – it exists. 🙂