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The most common saying in among gold-hunters is "Gold is where you find it!", meaning that you can't quite predict where gold will be; it might be anywhere! And that simply isn't true.
Gold is 19.3 times heavier than water, and six times heavier than any other rock in the creek. It's nearly twice as heavy as lead! What that means is that Gold goes DOWN - fast. Gold obeys the law of gravity more quickly, more consistently, and more stubbornly than anything else in the creek!
That means that gold is LESS "where you find it" than anything else out there! It is easier to predict exactly where gold will settle than any other substance!
Bottom line, most gold miners are secretive. They don't want to give away their tricks for fear you'll find "their" gold. And that's where the phrase "Gold is where you find it" comes in. It's much easier to tell a new prospector that, and have him chase his tail all over the mountains looking for gold where it certainly isn't - than to tell him the secret to finding gold. Are you ready?
GOLD IS HEAVY.
Everything you will ever learn about finding gold traces back to that fact. Gold SINKS. Unbelievably fast. So when you find a creek that you know has gold in it, once you figure out where the heaviest material would settle - you'll find gold there. (Unless of course, someone else looked there first)
This website is dedicated to unlocking the secrets of gold. It will teach you where gold is, how to pan efficiently, how to use a sluice, how to read a river, how to get gold out of cravasses - which is one of its favorite hiding places - and everything else about gold.
Why am I telling you this? Why aren't I out there getting rich myself? Several reasons. First, there's a lot of gold out there; the odds of you finding gold I would find are pretty slim.
Second, making a living gold mining is tough - even if you know what you're doing. It's a great hobby, good exercise in a beautiful environment - but as a career, you'll be better off in the long run with a steady job.
That's not to say you can't make a living gold mining, many people still do today - but it's hard work, any way you cut it. But once you get the fever and see your first gold smiling back from the pan, you'll know why thousands of people spend every free minute hunting for hidden gold.