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I have put together a few simple steps on how to pan for gold, just to help the new guy get started. Panning for gold isn't all that hard at all, just take your time and start out slow.

Here are a few simple steps to help any one get out there and find some gold!

Steps for panning gold:

1. Find a good spot that is likely to have gold! If your near a creek or stream that is low, check behind big rocks on the down stream side of the rock and get some material from there.

2. Fill your gold pan about half full of gravel. You can classify out the bigger rocks so its easier to pan.

3. Find a calm spot on the creek to pan. Lower your pan into the water making sure all the dirt gets soaked up with water. Also make sure you don't slosh and dirt over the edges as you may lose some gold.

4. Break up any big clumps of dirt with your hand while your pan is still under the water.

5. Next, swirl your pan in a counterclockwise motion under water to get the gold to settle to the bottom.

6. Tip your pan a bit so that the one edge is just under the surface and rock it side to side to let the water wash in and take out the lighter material in your pan.

7. Bring pan back to almost level under the water and swirl it again to get the gold to settle to the bottom and let the lighter material come to the top.

8. Continue doing this untill you have just a little bit left in the pan. You should see black sand. Once you get that far you can start with just a small amount of water in your pan and swirl it lightly to wash away the sand from the gold.

A trick I like to use to help remove them hard to pan black sands, is to use a really strong magnet. It will pull most of the magnetic material out of your pan and make it a lot easier to recover that pretty yellow gold that you worked so hard for. Be sure to carry a small container to put your gold in also!

If you are looking to get into gold prospecting i know of a good place that has more information and a great place to find any of your prospecting needs. For more information please check out the gold miner store or you can click this link http://www.gold-miner-store.com. Happy prospecting and I hope you find lots of gold!


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