Metal detecting gold nuggets is a part of the hobby that is gaining in popularity. There are a few reasons why.
With the emergence of popular TV shows like "Gold Rush" and "Bering Sea Gold" and the spike in gold prices, the interest in searching for gold has increased. However, not everyone who dreams of panning or dredging for gold in some remote area has the means or the time to do so. So the next best avenue to gold searching is by using a metal detector.
Because they have been designed to operate at a higher frequency, gold metal detectors manufactured today are designed to locate small gold deposits. A drawback to the high frequency detectors is their sensitivity to iron rich soil. This means that in areas with iron minerals in the soil, the detector will give out false signals, and be difficult to manage. It can act like an out of control bull in a China shop.
On the other end of the frequency scale, the lower the frequency the less sensitive to smaller nuggets and flakes of gold. However, the lower the frequency, the better able they are to tolerate iron laden soil. Most gold detectors have frequencies that range from low to high. They make the ability to find the smallest flake of gold to the largest nugget.
Besides having a good, gold metal detector, you should also have the following equipment.
A digging tool made of steel will take the abuse of digging for years to come.
Rakes, although not always used, are important in order to separate areas that have been detected. By doing this, nuggets in the undetected soil can often be found at deeper levels.
Wearing headphones is a must. It’s hard to hear small, or deep targets with the wind blowing, or any noise for that matter.
Having a plastic scoop will help you find those small nuggets you may miss. You simply pass the scoop with the soil over the coil.
Depending on where you live there a few areas where metal detecting gold nuggets pays off.
Rivers or streams in gold bearing areas are good places to search. It’s important that you detect the exposed areas along the shorelines.
If you live near old mines search the areas where the old tailings are located.
Washes in desert areas offer good choices. Any exposed bedrock is a good place to search..
I’ve provided a link to some books that will help you learn more about metal detecting for gold.
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