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Gold Mine Dangers – Prospecting Hazards

Old gold mine dangers that can kill you!

Never enter or even go near old gold mines . . . Nothing is worth losing your life over! sure, we all know there ccan be loose rocks deteriorated wood roof supports,, nails, sharp objects as well as poison gas. But old gold mines are also popular homes for snakes, bats, spiders and large animals like mountain lions,, bears wild pigs and bobcats.

I would bet that you didn’t even think about rabies or in the Southwest, Hantavirus. Hantaviruses are single-stranded, enveloped, negative sense RNA viruses which can kill humans. They normally infect rodents and do not cause disease in these hosts. Anyone exploring caves and mines that contain bats or other mammals should get the rabies vaccine. Read more »


Metal Detecting Gold Nuggets

Metal Detecting Gold Nuggets

Metal detecting for gold with the GPZ 7000. Skimming easy gold nuggets from the surface in a new area including two 1/4 ounce nuggets.

The Nokta pinpointer continues to be an annoyance and drives me to anger and drinking. Meanwhile I make enough noise to wake the dead while being an idiot and trying to film a 1 grammer too close to the coil. All in all another great day, much gold was found, much poke was filled, much food and gas were paid for. Read more »


2017 Gold Price – Peter Schiff

2017 Gold Price

The positive view for the spot gold price in 2017.

Did I mention this guy should be running American economics. Why won’t fed raise rates let’s see because our government can’t exist at its current size without 0% rates it’s way to big and we have minimal growth.

During the legendary gold run-up of the 2000s, gold surged from a low of $250 to $1,000 by 2008. A gain of 300%.

You may not realize this, but most gold investments are backed by nothing. The ETFs and futures, which are traded on the London and Comex exchanges, are paper contracts. And there’s more than 252 claims on gold for every ounce of gold available.

In other words, if everybody decided to call in the gold on their futures contracts, only 1 in 252 trades could be covered. Read more »


Secret Finding Gold Nuggets

Secret Finding Gold Nuggets

What’s the best way for the weekend gold prospector to find some gold nuggets? Many gold prospectors agree that first you have to be in an area where gold was found before. Once you’re in these old Goldfields you’ll see a lot of past gold mining activity. Naturally, for safety sake stay away from the old mines they could turn out to be real death traps.

I should say before going out to an area to look for gold, check to be sure that it’s public or BLM land and that you are allowed to gold hunt in that area. It’s best to check with the local BLM office. Also, there are many active gold claims in these areas. You do not want to be claim jumping. So, do your research first, before heading out and be sure to stay off active claims and private land. Read more »


Spot Gold Price 2017 Forecast

Spot Gold Price 2017 Forecast

California gold nuggets Spot Gold Price 2017 Forecast

California gold nuggets

As were just days away from the New Year, let’s take a quick look back on out 2016 was for gold investing before we venture a forecast for spot gold 2017.

At the start of 2016, actually for the first half of the year, you would think that the spot gold price was heading for a new high record. Yes, the first half of 2016 saw one of the biggest spot gold price rallies in about 40 years!

Actually on July 21 Forbes published an article predicting that the spot gold price would hit $1500 an ounce! Currently the spot gold prices trading around $1,130 an ounce. Another gold bullish forecaster in Bloomberg, on September 20 was looking for the spot gold price the hit $1900 an ounce! Read more »


Gold Crushing Quartz

Gold Crushing Quartz – Quartz Gold

On a December gold prospecting trip around Yuma Arizona we meet up with the young prospector who’s crushing quartz rocks in hopes of finding gold.

We were near an old gold mine with the miners were following a really long vein of courts that carried a lot of gold in it.  Basically, we were doing some dry washing and also metal detecting when we met up with Daniel a young prospector who lives in the area and was looking for iron stain quartz rocks in hopes of finding gold in them. Read more »


Gold Prospecting Beginner Tips

 Gold Prospecting Beginner Tips

Basic tips for beginner weekend gold prospectors.

Yes, when you’re in isolated areas hunting for gold unless you are prepared it could make the difference between a successful weekend gold prospecting trip and a total disaster!

One thing that I didn’t mention in the video, is to also always go with at least one buddy, have a fully charged cell phone, take plenty of water and lastly have a basic first aid kit.

Personally, if you like the outdoors, you enjoy camping, you’ll probably love weekend gold prospecting. Here in San Diego, we usually wait till the end of October or November before going out to the Eastern desert areas of California and the Western areas of Arizona. Going to these locations at other times you can really run into extreme weather and temperatures. Read more »


California Gold Mine Working Gold Mine

California Gold Mine for Sale

California gold nuggets - California Gold Mine

This video was produced to help sell this California placer gold mine. Personally, I think this is a great idea  to use video to sell any property and especially an active California gold mine. but, with that said I think for the vast majority of people, this video is a great way to understand and get an inside look  on how a small placer gold mine operation really works.

The gentleman who is explaining the operation of this California placer gold mine goes into quite a lot of detail. Any viewer would really get a better understanding of how the classification process really works when you’re trying to find gold.

Now, I understand why they didn’t mention a price because that could change over time especially if the price of gold would spike way up. But, they also really didn’t get into any detail about the profit and loss from this operation. Yes, what I would have really liked to seen in this placer gold mining video would be a profit and loss statement based on the price of gold at the time they produced a video.

Even if there was a decent profit, one must remember that gold mining is very risky and as one area gets played out and you move your operation over just a couple of yards you may hit a pay-streek or the amount of gold that found  could be way below the cost to extracted. So, I would’ve sure like to see what their actual profit and loss looks like for 2015 or 2014 when they produced this video. Read more »


GOLD Metal Detecting Australia

GOLD Metal Detecting Australia

Had a great day out detecting for gold nuggets in Victoria’s Golden Triangle. The day started off slow with a few small nuggets but ended with 2 lovely finds. I was very fortunate because it’s not everyday you find over an ounce of gold when prospecting.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:

The Victorian gold rush was a period in the history of Victoria, Australia approximately between 1851 and the late 1860s.

In March 1850, Mr. W. Campbell of Strath Loddon found on the station of Mr. Donald Cameron, of Clunes several minute pieces of native gold in quartz. This was concealed at the time but on 10 January 1851, Campbell disclosed it. Others had found indications of gold. Dr. George H. Bruhn, a German physician, whose services as an analyst were in great demand, had been shown specimens of gold from what afterwards became the Clunes diggings. In spite of these and other discoveries, however, it was impracticable to market the gold, and James Esmond’s “find” which was made on Creswick’s Creek, a tributary of the Loddon River, at Clunes on 1 July 1851, was the first marketable gold field. Read more »


$40,000 GOLD BAR Crushed

$40,000 GOLD BAR Crushed

Watch as a $40,000 24 karrat, pure gold bar is crushed with a big hydraulic press!

I’m publishing this just because it involves a pure gold bar and really shows how malleable gold is. but, with that said, I can explain why it’s stupid. It is a solid chunk of relatively soft metal. The outcome is absolutely predictable and no more aesthetically pleasing than the original, as this yellow bar of expensive play-doh simply conforms to the surroundings in accordance with the immense pressure applied. Read more »