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How-to use a Gold Pan,
Author: Prospector Jim pg. 1
One of the first tools a gold prospector needs to learn how to use is a gold pan. Give any experienced gold panner a rock and he will be able to tell you if it is real gold just by the way it acts in his gold pan. A gold pan will take the fool out of fools gold every time.
Gold pans come in many shapes and sizes. All are designed to do the same task. When selecting a gold pan, you should
consider where it will be used and how it fits in your hand. Shallow pans work well in small streams and are easy to pack into
remote locations. The larger pans work well in places that have deeper water and can classify more material at one time. Pans that are uncomfortable to hold will cause fatigue and you will not be able to pan as much material before you get tired.
After you have selected the correct pan for your needs, you can start to pan your material.
(1) Find a place to pan. The water should have almost no current and deep enough to completely submerge the pan you are using.
(2) Place a catch pan under the place you plan to pan.
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