Know how to find gold easily by watching out for just a handful of gold related rocks and minerals:
Where you’re hunting for gold; rocks and minerals are one of the most important things you can look at to find gold location clues. Out of the billions of combinations of rock and mineral types, there are only a handful of gold deposit minerals that you really need to keep an eye out for. That way you learn more about how to find gold.
In this video post I’ll start you with an understanding of rock types then you’ll zero in on the specific set of rocks and minerals commonly found with gold.
Fool’s gold – chalco pyrite (Cu-Fe-S) *
View the full gold prospecting video at this link when you’re done reading:
How to find gold using rocks and minerals – Part 2 of 2:
Primarily what you’re looking for are heavy-mafic (magnesium-ferric type) minerals and they’re one of the key things we can use as a pinpoint of how to find gold. They typically are dark-colored and oftentimes have black to red tinges. Exceptions to this include some types of silica (quartzite) and the sulphides (pyrites or fool’s gold) which believe it or not ” fool’s gold”, or chalco pyrite is often associated with gold and so it will still give you a gold tracer clue.
Mark Twain quoted from Shakespeare when he said “All that glitters is not gold”, in reality all that glitters is typically not gold (glittering minerals are usually pyrite or mica – these are easy to test with the edge of a knife, because both these minerals are brittle and gold is not.) But even if it’s not gold it is useful to you as a gold prospector and are seeking methods of how to find gold placer deposits…
Even fool’s gold (copper-iron pyrites) give you one more gold tracer clue to help you find where gold is. That tracer is often concentrated with gold in placer deposits. Oftentimes you see iron, magnetite (black cubes), lead and pyrite in gold-bearing placers. This is because it’s a heavier than average mineral containing iron and sulfides.
Fool’s gold consists of even heavier stuff, copper iron sulfides. These are chalco-pyrites, this pyrite may look yellow gold to an oxidized rainbow metallic in color. Other minerals often found with this copper-iron-sulphide include a carbonate called malachite, a beautiful semi precious green stone. None of these are gold and yet they are all part of knowing how to find gold deposits quickly.
Pyrites can have trace concentrations of gold in them, so if you find significant amounts of pyrites, it may be worth your time and money to have those samples tested. Particularly if you find them in a larger lode deposit or one that hasn’t been tested.
Meanwhile, put that ore sample aside for now, since you’re looking for how to find gold placer deposits to start with. Since pyrites and gold are often from related deposits, pyrites form some of the best gold tracers in the creek bed.
Take a look at this short video post, it shows you more about gold and its tracers, other rocks and minerals associated with gold, especially dark red-black-blue stained tertiary quartzite.
The great blue lead was one of these gold deposits. Question for you: Do you ever dream of how to find gold, lots of gold, by spotting one of these massive rich blue gold leads?
Come on, let’s hear your gold stories…
P.S. Here’s the how to find gold minerals video link again.
* Note: Image CC attribution: Rob Lavinsky, iRocks.com i Rocks is not really about how to find gold, but it is a great site for it’s pictures of rocks and minerals. Worth referencing.