You are the one who makes decisions for yourself. You decided to get into mining in the first place. You also make the decisions on how you are going to approach gold mining, and how you are going to deal with all of the problems and the barriers to your success.
Objectives Upon completing the lesson students will be able to: Describe the stages of gold mining in California (i.e. how during the 1850s miners quickly exhausted the easily obtained placer gold deposits and increasingly relied on more sophisticated and expensive mining technology).
Interested in using a simple sluice box to find gold? This is my page of information on placer mining for gold with a sluice. A sluice is a very popular device and is often the second piece of gold prospecting equipment purchased by the new prospector (it was for me).
Interested in dredging for gold? This is my page of information on placer mining for gold with a suction dredge. Moving gravel with a dredge can be hard work, but this piece of equipment can really capture the gold under the right circumstances.