Saturday, October 29, 2011

Dig Your Own Gems and Gold in Georgia

 The hills and mountains of northern Georgia are called solid gold. We just know where to look. Placer gold is gold that has traveled from its source of origin because of erosion and retreat of ice streams. Placer gold can be found in many streams and creeks that fallout from the mountain. You can find public access to some of these flows, but take care not to infringe or collect on private land.

For gold need not be high tech, and gold can be collected using a simple high-sided metal pan. It requires a little skill in the swirling water and gravel from the pan, keeping and allowing the gold dust to accumulate in the bottom of the pan without losing them. No one should expect to get rich quick search of gold, but it's a fun activity for young and old, especially if a gold nugget happens to turn into the bottom of the pan.

Gold prospecting in Georgia Locations
In northern Georgia, the City of Dahlonega was once the site of the gold rush first and still maintains a museum of history of gold out there today. Gold prospectors in the vicinity can try their skills or panoramic several gold mines nearby.

Crisson Gold Mine, Dahlonega.
Gold n Gem Grubbing mine, Cleveland.
Consolidated Gold Mine, Dahlonega. Offers a tour of the cave and gold panning.
Loud Mine, located in Cleveland, is a camp or private property that allows exploration Lost Dutchman Mining Association (LDMA) and Gold Prospectors Association of America (CRM) members to prospect for gold. The gold found here is supposed to be closer to the source due to the size of the specimens found.

Gem Mining Georgia
Georgia also offers gems and minerals other than gold. A mine that allows rockhounds digging the mine is located in Lagrange Hogg. Star rose quartz, amethyst, tourmaline crystals, and crystals of beryl aquamarine can be found here. These specimens are beautiful. The mine operates by appointment only and offers the opportunity to other areas to dig. Carrefour close to Jackson was an amethyst mine that at last had been sold and is no longer in operation.

Savannah River Agate (chert) can be found along the River Road right of way outside of Girard. When searching for agates in this area, not to encroach on a private property lining both sides of the road. It is also imperative that all the holes can be dug in the extrication of agate be recharged quickly.

Georgia can still hold a few more places hidden gem. Rockhounds can seriously consider contacting local clubs pearl and mining in the region to see what the state may have to offer. Other places to explore are located in nearby North and South Carolina and offer opportunities jewel of numerous excavations to keep collectors busy rock.

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