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Rivers of Gold around Canberra

By facet - 17 January 2011 12

gold in pan

Flooding of the local river systems means that the entire river bed is churned up with erosion and deposition of vast amounts of  loose material. 

Many of our local rivers also contain gold which is re-deposited in the same locations as previous floods.

The above photo of alluvial gold came out of one pan full of dirt.

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Rivers of Gold around Canberra
JaydenJ 9:15 pm 25 Apr 11

Like all commodities, gold costs fluctuate. Today, after quality of United States debt was questioned by Standard and Poor’s, gold commodities hit a record high, $1,500 per ounce. This continues the upward trend in gold prices, though experts are split on the meaning of this milestone. The proof is here: Gold prices touch $1,500 as some question inflationary pressures

facet 11:46 pm 08 Feb 11

Hi Peterh, the secret to finding gold is (pause for dramatic effect) ….. to look for it where others have found it.
Canberra is in the middle of a golden rectangle. Look up the local metallogenic map.
All the “easy” gold has been already got by our ancestors (my ancestors got it from those whom (sic) already did the hard work i.e. they were bush rangers).
There is lots more still out there, but you will have to be innovative.
Kinda like extreme geology (for nerds).

peterh 2:52 am 30 Jan 11

facet, I take it that the site is outside the ACT? looks like a favorite haunt of fossickers, the zircon and the sapphs are a real telltale.

always thought that gininnderra creek might be gold bearing, used to get a fair amount of pyrites from the creek up near charnwood and down on the sands below the falls. Then again, bywong still has some traces of gold, but not enough to retire on.

good to see that there is something to search for after the floods, but it depends on the water temp, I don’t enjoy standing in freezing cold water whilst being baked by the sun.

Thoroughly Smashed 11:26 am 18 Jan 11

sexynotsmart said :

PS: how do you “Quote” with the new skin?

Little green quote button at the bottom right of each post.

cleo said :

Iv’e been told gold has gone up.

Nah, it’s too heavy.

cleo 3:30 am 18 Jan 11

Iv’e been told gold has gone up.

Holditz 11:23 pm 17 Jan 11

I look forward to the return of Ben Hall and Cobb & Co.

facet 6:17 pm 17 Jan 11

Gold price is usually quoted in troy ounces (different from the ordinary ounce) and in $US.
Best to talk in grams so one troy ounce = 31.1034 grams.
Australian spot price $US 1,369 about $AUS 1,388 (at this moment).
According to my maths comes to about $45 per gram. However never get full price because alluvial gold has a little bit of Ag and Cu.
Average weekly wage about $800 per week say $20 per hour. So for an 8 hour day $160.
In conclusion, don’t give up your day job but then again you might strike rich pay dirt.
If you do, don’t tell anyone.

sexynotsmart 6:07 pm 17 Jan 11

Re: value of gold in the picture. It’s hard to tell how big anything is. Stones and grit comes in all sorts of stony, gritty sizes.

But assuming the scratches are the size of – well, scratches – I bid 20c.

A gold ounce is about 31g – a shade above the weight of a “Masterfoods” spice jar. Gold is denser than cayenne pepper, so you don’t need that volume of gold. The dimensions of an ounce depend on your dealer (insert your own drug pun here). Grandpa won a small QLD lottery prize in the 80s, and I’ve still got one of his ingots – it’s 15mm x 15mm x 4mm.

PS: how do you “Quote” with the new skin?

sid 4:07 pm 17 Jan 11

Out of interest, what’s that much gold worth? I assume you do this as a hobby, more than for the income?

facet 3:57 pm 17 Jan 11

Troll_sniffer you must be related to my gold buyer, he is forever telling me that alluvial gold contains silver and copper (and I should not expect him to pay for those) so I never get the market price for gold. Gold buyers have been con men since before the time of Archimedes.
This spot has nice “chunky bits” (unlike the Shoalhaven).
I like chunky gold.
Gold has a specific gravity of 18-19 compared to quartz (sg of about 2-3) – so it “sticks” in the bottom of the pan (making panning a bit easier).
If you look at the non gold bits you might see small sapphires and zircons (big hint their folks).
If I had arranged the photo I would have put the gold in a smaller tighter grouping, this would also have happened if I was a better gold panner.

troll-sniffer 3:22 pm 17 Jan 11

Not a hint of pyrites then? Any time I have gone panning the gold is rarely separated from the gravel so graphically. Not that i don’t believe you, but the photo doesn’t look right so I must assume it has been arranged away from the gravel… or it’s lighter material and therefore not, how you say, gold.

colourful sydney rac 2:13 pm 17 Jan 11

I guess you won’t be telling us where that was from….

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