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Gold Panning Supplies

gold-panning-suppliesWe’ve talked about gold mining equipment for some of the bigger jobs, but what about just the individual hobbyist going down to the river to do some relaxing panning?

What kind of things does this person need, besides come good cold drinks and snacks and dry clothes?  Let’s take a look at the various gold panning supplies.

Immediately, the first thing that comes to my mind is a digging tool, as in some kind of shovel, gold pick, rake, and more.  You have to be able to shuffle the dirt around and pick it up.  That’s key.
They make these things called sand scoops that will help you pick up the sand.  You are also going to also need gloves or you are going to end up with blisters.  I’d go ahead and get long sleeved rubber gloves so that they are waterproof.

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Gold Panning

gold-panningHopefully you understand that the first skill you will encounter is the most important and it is likely going to be the first employed by you when you go to the first place you should be going, which is the placer deposits.  This super important skill isgold panning.  So how is gold panning done and what is involved?  What kind of materials are needed?  Well, let’s see!

Gold panning is a process that takes the black sand and minerals mixed into it in the placer deposits and “mines” the gold, which is to say that it extracts the gold out of the sand.  This is done using a miner’s gold pan.  This pan is much like a large, shallow bowl with ridges built in to help separate the sand from the gold.

This is the absolute most easy and simple method of extracting gold and is also the most inexpensive.  The process is simple, it’s cheap, and it’s crucial because you will do this as a beginner and as an expert panning out the finest pieces of gold from your big machinery system.  Just as a piece of history, gold panning is the oldest form of mining gold, which was discovered in Rome.

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