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Metal Detectors and Gold Mining

Here’s a nice article that Michael from MetalDector.com was nice enough to share with me for everyone. Read more about metal detecting on their website. www.MetalDetector.com

Metal Detectors and Gold Mining

by Michael Bernzweig

 Today, many people know that there are specific gold prospecting metal detectors used to locate nearly any size nugget.  What many folks don’t know though is that metal detectors and gold prospecting go way back.  Here to tell us more is Michael Bernzweig of MetalDetector.com

 The first type of electromagnetic device used for gold prospecting was first used over 400 years ago!  The dip needle, as it was called, was used  to measure the earth’s magnetism and to find magnetic objects located underground.  In fact, this type of device is even said to have been used by the Spanish to find gold and silver with great success.  Although the dip needle itself didn’t necessarily locate the actual treasures, it could be used in prospecting to detect minerals related to gold thereby guiding the prospectors toward potential places to start digging.

 For the longest time, this was all that gold prospectors had to tell them what might be underground aside from their own geological observations, and, of course, their pick ax!  Then came metal detectors.

 In the early 1800′s many different scientists were attempting to find a way to detect ore-bearing rocks from the surface since it would be so helpful to miners; and of course make them wealthy in the end as well!  With this level of inspiration, it wasn’t long before the first crude metal detectors were created.

 It was still quite awhile before the use of metal detectors in gold mining became widespread though.  During the early years metal detectors relied on huge battery packs that lasted for only a few short hours, if that.  The machines themselves were heavy and cumbersome as well making them difficult for miners to take out into the field.  However, technology improved rapidly and in less than 100 years metal detectors were being used by gold miners of all kinds.

 This rapid shift was due in large part to the invention of the transistor.  Once the transistor was perfected in the late 1950s early 1960s, metal detector designers were able to create smaller, more effective machines that were easier to use.  With this new technology gold mining got easier as well and more people were inspired to try their luck at finding some gold; and many were quite successful.

 Fast forward to today and metal detectors are still leading people all over the world to gold nuggets large and small.  Want to try your luck?  Be sure to do your research to find the information you need about choosing the best gold prospecting metal detector for your nugget hunting adventures and more. Then, you’ll be ready to become a gold prospector yourself; and, quite likely, a very successful one with the help of your metal detector.


About the author: Michael Bernzweig manages MetalDetector.com in Southborough, MA. He has written on the subject of treasure hunting and metal detecting since the mid 1980’s. He enjoys traveling with his metal detector and helping to educate others in the correct use of metal detectors in their explorations.

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If you haven’t been to a Gold Show you’re missing out! They are a ton of fun, and I’ve only been to the small one in Pamona, CA. I hear the Vegas show is spectacular!

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Sweet! The newest episode of Gold Trails is about metal detecting on the beach. I love beach detecting! You never know what treasure (usually junk) that you will find. Gold Trails Episode 8 “Sun Kissed Gold” premieres this Saturday morning!

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Did you know there’s Gold in Idaho? Check out the Gold Show!

DSC00876The GPAA Gold Show is going to be in Boise, ID, April 11-12. THIS WEEKEND! It’s open Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 4 pm. Lots of raffle items, too!

Check out the info HERE.

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Travel to Russia this summer for Gold-Panning Championships!

So it look like a small city in Russia is having a Gold-Panning contest this summer. Don’t know if it’s open invitation, but it would be a fun trip! I would love to see how they prospect/pan in Russia.

Some of the story from The Moscow Times:

A general view of MagadanRussia’s mineral-rich Magadan region in the Far East is planning to host its first gold-panning championship this summer, regional authorities said Thursday.

The Magadan region, notorious for its Soviet-era labor camps and inhospitable climate, is among Russia’s top five gold-producing regions. In 2014, 24.1 tons of gold were extracted in the region, a 13 percent increase from the previous year, the Federal Press news agency reported in January.

The planned gold-prospecting championship, in which competitors will race to sift through sand…….. READ MORE HERE

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So who else wants a bag of pay-dirt to pan every month??

Ok guys. I don’t know about you, but my wife is really into subscription boxes. She has them for snacks, flowers, cosmetics, jewelry; even the dog gets one every month. So I finally found one for that prospecting guy (or gal) like me. The “Dirt of The Month Club” from Roaring Camps in Pine Grove, CA. Imagine, a bag of pay-dirt right to your door…every month. Just ready to pan. :)

Check out the full story HERE. You can also visit Roaring Camps and do your own prospecting if you’re in the area. See their info page.

Good luck!

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GPAA: Gold Prospectors to Host Gold & Treasure Show in Pomona, Calif. Feb. 7-8

Gold FlyerThe GPAA Gold & Treasure Shows, which are open to the public, were started decades ago by GPAA founder George Massie to introduce people to gold prospecting and to teach them how and where to find their own gold. Besides being a lot of fun, the purpose of the gold shows is to remind everyone that gold prospecting and small-scale gold mining are still a way of life for hundreds of thousands of people across the United States. Gold mining is an integral part of American culture, heritage, world history and our economy.


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Gold Trails Episode 1: The DIY Miner from The Gold Prospectors Association of America

Host Kevin Hoagland travels to the Alabama Gold Camp in Cragford, Alabama where he has the unique experience of running one of the largest wash plants on the east coast. From there he takes a step back and meets up with the Coker Creek Chapter of the GPAA who is all about the home built prospecting equipment. For more information about Gold Trails, visit goldprospectors.org/GoldTrails

Gold Trails video screenshot

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