GOLD! GOLD! GOLD!
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NEWS! January 2013; read all about the NEW GOLD RUSH!
GOLD is always news! Every time there is a new find or the prices rise, the media gets excited; Sunday papers feature special supplements and television channels run special programs. But wait! Has the media overlooked that the stage is set for another GOLD rush!?
Think about this: in the mid-nineteenth century, GOLD rushes started in many areas of Australia and America because people found GOLD on the surface—they just stumbled over it and picked it up! It was that easy. Of course, it didn’t take long for most of the surface GOLD to be picked up, but where it was found provided valuable clues for those more hardy prospectors, fossickers and diggers who were prepared to work harder for their reward.
Not much happened for over 100 years until, in the late 1970s, the first generation of metal detectors enabled people to find GOLD just below the surface. Suddenly we had another GOLD rush! But a lot of people dug furiously to be rewarded only with bottle tops.
Are you ready to go another layer deeper, where the GOLD is still untouched?
Now that the new generation metal detectors are able to penetrate much deeper and discriminate much more accurately, not only is the shallower depth exposed to much sharper discrimination, greater depths are exposed too. This is why I am suggesting the stage is set for another GOLD rush! But not unless you approach your search methodically. Only a very lucky few will ‘stumble’ across GOLD as deep as 50 centimetres (20 inches).
GOLD is always news because of its primeval attraction, an attraction almost as fundamental as the attraction of sex. Of course people are attracted to GOLD for the wealth it implies, but its attraction is often much deeper than that. Many people just like the look and feel of GOLD, its colour and texture; if you have gold-fever yourself or have ever seen anyone with gold-fever, you’ll know what I mean. Others are attracted to its versatility and indestructibility—GOLD is always GOLD, even in the most primitive and filthiest of surroundings, it still shines out.
Now, more individual people than ever are finding it. Not just the big mining companies with millions of dollars worth of equipment and expensive expertise, but people like you, on a weekend camping trip, with the family or with a friend, or alone with your metal detector. You might even find a mine!
Today, electronics can put a device into your hands that enables you to ‘see’ below the surface of the earth more clearly and further than ever before. Think about the number of GOLD nuggets that have been picked up on the surface over the years; some were huge, the largest of them all being the Holtermann Nugget, found on 19 October 1872. At 1.5 meters (59 inches) long, it weighed 286 kg (630 pounds), and contained an estimated 5000 ounces (57 kg) of GOLD. At today’s prices that would be worth well over $7.5 million!
Using the first detectors that became available to individual prospectors over 30 years ago, many more nuggets were detected just below the surface. Imagine the number that must still be there a few centimetres deeper! They are there today simply because no one has ever been able to detect them before.
But you can! And that is what this book is about: finding GOLD, either with your own modern metal detector or using more traditional methods such as panning and dry-blowing.
First we’ll discuss GOLD itself, most wondrous of metals, how to recognise it and how to test it if you have doubts.
We will describe how metal detectors work, the types available, including a section on improvements in technology as well as the purchase and use of your detector. Then we’ll get straight into how to find GOLD by using your metal detector, after which we’ll follow up with some of the older techniques such as panning and dry-blowing as well as the new prospecting techniques.
They say ‘GOLD is where you find it,’ which is a pretty darned obvious thing to say, but GOLD is more likely to be where it has been found before, and we’ll use this fact to refine your search and look where the GOLD is more likely to be. Of course you may find GOLD where none has ever been found before and good luck to you, but you’re probably wise to start in known gold-bearing areas.
Then, because your gold-seeking is likely to take you to places you’ve never been, and sometimes into dangerous situations, we’ll discuss navigation, including GPS; your personal safety and some camping hints. Of course, it’s important to look after the environment and to mind your manners in the bush so you don’t spoil it for others, so we’ll give you a few clues on that too.
To tie it all up we’ll then go through the planning and execution of a hypothetical expedition so that you can see how everything fits in to ensure that you get the maximum time in the field—which, after all, is where you have to be to find that GOLD for whatever reason you want it.
Large mining companies are still finding rich new fields. Individual people are striking it rich overnight by finding GOLD!
You could be the next person to strike it rich?
Read on to find out how.