What do gold bearing patterns look like?

by Prospector Jess
Looking at rocks for gold bearing patterns

Just what do rocks, topology and water flow tell you about gold?

It takes time and evaluation to know where to dig. No one wants to dig all day and not find anything. This is why it’s important to know what signs and clues to look for before digging up the countryside.

The mark of an experienced prospector is knowing what signs show where the gold will be. Gold follows certain physical patterns in how it collects. It’s important to understand those patterns to minimize labor and maximize reward.

Those patterns are driven by gravity and water flow combined with the shapes of rocks and the kind of minerals the water flowing through, even in the desert. So it’s important to know just exactly the kind of patterns that you’re looking for.

Helical flow and flat topology patterns for gold deposits along river bends

Helical flow and flat topology patterns for gold deposits along river bends

In fact that’s probably the most important thing to learn when your prospecting for gold besides geology and mineralogy.

You want to know the kinds of things that will lead to turbulent eddies, traps, and other special depositing situations that form those patterns.

That’s why I teach the helical flow as the root cause. You want to understand that fact and a little bit more about the texture and shape of your channel so you can start getting an idea where gold flows in flood conditions.

No one likes to waste time.

You could be within a yard of where gold is and not find it without knowing the right patterns of gold clues right in front of you.

And that’s ok. If gold was easy to find, everyone would be doing it.

Following the right patterns makes gold prospecting easier and gets you to the gold faster.

Good Prospecting,

Prospector Jess