Gold Ore Mining Techniques For the average small scale prospector, there are just a few methods that work well to locate gold in rock. First, I always recommend that you carry a gold pan and sample the gravels in the area. Even in a desert, you can dig down into a dry wash and pack in some water to use while panning.
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Dry Washing for gold goes back to the earliest days of gold discovery, where water was not available to separate the valuable minerals from waste sand and rock. The early miners devised crude methods of utilizing the flow of air and vibration to concentrate and separate valuable materials like gold and gemstones from sand and gravel.
Dry panning is a similar winnowing process, and is only slightly better than blanket winnowing. Shaking the pan while gently winnowing allows the gold to settle in an action similar to a jig. A far better and more successful method is dry washing, also called dry blowing in Australia.
Gold mining from alluvium ores was once achieved by techniques associated with placer mining such as simple gold panning and sluicing, resulting in direct recovery of small gold nuggets and flakes. Placer mining techniques since the mid to late 20th century have generally only been the practice of artisan miners.
Called dry washing it was similar to the old process of winnowing wheat. Here ore was dried completely and the pebbles and rocks picked out. The rest of the finer particles were repeatedly tossed into the air on a windy day, allowing the lighter sand and dirt to blow away while the heavier gold could easily be recovered.