Go Back to the Land with a Gold Pan: How to Pan for Gold

Go back to the land and make the most of your next family camping trip by learning how to pan for gold.



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Panning for placer gold in a rushing mountain stream.
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Moss on rocks can hold a treasure. 
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The novice 49er's start up kit of necessary gold panning equipment
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Pick up gold flakes with a moist Q-tip.
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Gold flecks glittering in the pan.
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Setting your strike in jewelry can enhance its appearance.
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Every prospector's dream: the monster-sized nugget.
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Gold tends to settle on the obstructing river bank.
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Heavy material (including gold) sinks to the "valley" of the pan.
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