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    Jan 2020
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    Hey all, new member from N.C. and I very recently discovered gold on my property, and have begun the process of panning and filtering manually. However the gold ranges (so far) from flakes to fines to dust. I sometimes cannot tell what is sand and whatís gold until it dries. Iíve got vids and pics that may help visualize and communicate more effectively. Also: The gold is about a foot deep, mostly stuck amongst a foot-thick sandy layer of gravel that is located between two layers of dense red clay. Have only dug to the second clay layer so far but Iím curious if thereís any possibility of finding larger nuggets etc in this sort of landscape, or if I should get a detector? Opinions/Advice? This area perhaps was an dried riverbed from long ago, clearly as itís a lawn now. Any help from anyone with such experience in this area would be a good place to start. Looking forward to learning and growing here! Thanks in advance for any private messages or replies!
    ~Danjah

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    us
    Jan 2020
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    ~Danjah

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    Feb 2015
    Moses Lake WA & Provo UT
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    Sorry, looks like all you have is Mica. Easy for a beginner to see it and think itís gold. I know I did. Itís ok though because NC has gold so itís still possible you might find some, you just need to do some more researching and more digging. Itís not that easy to find in that kind of quantity though. Notice how the mica shimmers in the light? Gold isnít actually like that. When you see gold it doesnít look like it reflects light, it will look just like a golden light is shining right at you now matter how you look at it, you will know when you see it, but until then, good luck.

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    Nov 2012
    Maryland
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    Try panning it again. Add a couple tiny bb's in the pan. The mica will float out and gold will stay with the bb's. Mica also will crush if you apply pressure with a straight pin to it. A pinpointer will sound off on gold in a plastic pan, whereas mica will not.
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    sorry pal thats not gold
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    Captain Silveraith

    Dec 2019
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    Get a blue bowl & run it through. If there is micro gold in there it will find it.
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    Tommy

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    The yards allready gone lol That would get the blood flowing hope theres some gold in there for you!!!!
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  8. #8
    us
    Jan 2020
    N.C.
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    Thanks for the advice! Also:

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    ~Danjah

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    Treasureman$)

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    Wisconsin
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    Haha dang I’d be wound up bad if that was my pan! Idk anything about panning.. interesting!
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    to accept the things I cannot change;
    courage to change the things I can;
    and wisdom to know the difference.

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    Nov 2010
    The Great Southwest
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    Quote Originally Posted by AFterBurn View Post
    Thanks for the advice! Also:

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    Yep that's mica.

    Keep looking it's still out there. I would suggest you buy some paydirt and practice panning. Once you have seen how gold reacts in your pan you won't get distracted by fools gold or mica.

    Heavy Pans

  11. #11
    us
    May 2014
    AZ
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    FYI Gold retains it's gold color in direct and indirect light. If what you have loses it's color it's not gold.

    Good luck.
    Last edited by arizau; Jan 19, 2020 at 12:30 PM.
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