Finding Gold With a Sluice

Finding Gold in rivers and steams is a very common practice for gold prospectors. If you have access to water, one of the most effective ways of finding gold is to use a Sluice. A Sluice is a tool used for gold prospecting, it is a box-like object that works by catching heavy particles of soil as water and dirt are ran over it. Mostly made from Aluminum, Wood or Plastic sluicing is a vital part of your prospecting. Available commercially portable hand sluices are very a popular item successfully used by recreational gold prospectors for years.

Trying to find the correct water flow and angle to achieve optimal conditions for gold recovery can be a very daunting task. There are a lot of variables to consider and it seems hard to grasp at first. Though as you will find out using a Sluice is very simple.

The most popular Sluices on the market today are built from aluminum and are very efficient at finding gold. Most come with a handle or a backpack for easy transport while on foot and are also light weight since they are built from aluminum. Chances are you can find an inexpensive Sluice easily online or perhaps at your local prospecting stores.

When running your sluice you want to make sure there is ripple effect on the surface of the water when traveling over each riffle. Each riffle causes the water to make a small swirl. This swirl of water will deposit heavier material and wash away lighter material if all is set correctly. Remember that gold is just about nineteen times heavier than water so most of the gold should be settling into your carpet

The larger the material the more drastic of an angle you will need. Classifying the material first will screen out larger rocks and pieces of gravel. If you will be running these larger pieces of rocks through your sluice you will have to pick out the rocks that get stuck in your box by hand.

Effectively setting up your Sluice is important. The successful gold miner, must factor in things like how fast water is flowing, how dense is the material you are running through (has it been classified first?) and finally the angle or slope that you set the box at.

Once you master these simple steps you will be on your way to finding gold!


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