Fists Full of Gold:

How You Can Find Gold In The Mountains And Deserts

An introduction to finding gold in stream and dry deposits. Learn about the geology of gold, equipment, techniques, basic prospecting and working a promising area. This book is an 8 1/2" x 10 3/4" paperback with 362 pages.

Fists Full of GoldTable of Contents

Part I - The Lure and Fun of Prospecting
A. Why Prospect? (An Introduction To Prospecting)1
B. Beginners Corner: Basic Questions and Answers8
Part II - Modern Gold Mining Equipment
A. Tools of the Modern Prospector14
B. Hand Tools: Panning, Crevicing, Sniping, Mossing20
C. Bulk Processing: Sluicing and High Banking27
D. Bulk Processing: Suction Dredging34
E. Maximizing Sluice Box Recovery on Dredges, High bankers, etc.54
F. Bulk Processing: Dry Washing62
G. Electronic Prospecting: Metal detecting68
H. Small Scale Commercial Operations123
I. Building Your Own Mining Equipment132
J. Cleanup, Processing and Sale of Your Finds (including Jewelry)148
Part III - Basic Geology for Prospectors
A. Basic Geology: Minerals160
B. Basic Geology: Common Rock Types179
C. Plate Tectonics and Mountain Building188
D. Hard Rock Gold Deposits and Prospecting for Hard Rock Deposits195
E. Models for the Formation of Hard Rock Gold Deposits215
F. Placer Deposits - Paystreaks and Placer Geology220
Part IV - Gold Prospecting Techniques
A. Researching and Prospecting Mineralized Areas251
B. Techniques for Finding and Working Gold Placers285
C. The Importance of Sampling in Gold Prospecting and Mining302
D. Procedures For Continued Success at Prospecting for Gold308
E. Prospecting For Large, Commercial Scale Gold Deposits312
Part V - Appendices of Useful Information
A. Glossary of Mining Terms317
B. Mining Claims in the USA and the 1872 Mining Law326
C. Clubs, Organizations, Magazines and Forums337
D. Estimating the Gold content of Quartz Specimens340
E. Platinum Placers and Nuggets (plus Diamonds, too)342
F. Hazards of Prospecting / Field Safety349
G. Locations to prospect for Pay - Advantages and Disadvantages355
H. Internet and Other Information Sources356
I. Where to Read Further: Recommended Books357
J. Meet the Author (see my website)359