Gold Prospecting

Level: 1


  • Create a list of equipment used for gold panning. Describe each item and tell what it is used for. The list should include at least the following.
  • Define the following:
    • Pay dirt
    • Quartz
    • Pyrite
    • Blond sands
    • Black sands
    • Placer
    • Lode
    • Nugget
    • Flake
    • Dust
    • Specific gravity
    • Wet and Dry panning
    • Mercury (historical use) DO NOT USE TODAY
    • Troy pound
    • Troy ounce
    • Pennyweight (dwt)
    • Grain
    • Gold fever
  • What are the following identifying characteristics of Gold.
    • Specific gravity
    • Color of streak
    • Color
  • Where are some good places on a river or stream to look for gold.
  • Make a timeline containing at least 15 items about the history of gold prospecting from 1600 until the present day, including the following rushes: California Gold Rush, Klondike/Yukon Gold Rush, Witwatersrand Gold Rush, and the Victorian Gold Rush.
  • Learn about gold panning by doing one of the following:
    • Do some gold panning. (preferred).
    • Practice panning using flattened lead or tungsten shot mixed with sand (preferably from a river bank).
  • Look up the following verses in the Bible and discuss them in relation to prospecting for gold.
    • Matthew 13:44-46
    • Matthew 6:19-21

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