All through history, adventurers have been looking for placer gold using the gold pan. Those who have had the best technique, coupled with skill, experience, and determination were best able to assess the value of the ground in order to determine weather or not to stop prospecting, stake a claim and start mining.
In a gold rush, where other prospectors were also testing the same ground, speed of panning and accuracy of results helped prospectors decide whether to stay or go on.
Correctly assessing the ground has often meant the difference between a great claim and an average piece of ground
Prospectors today continue to use the gold pans as well as GPS, Ground penetrating radar, Magnetometers, Arial surveys, geological evaluations and detectors of every kind, but nothing speaks quite as loud as gold in the pan.
Prospecting in Alberta
Prospecting in BC