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Fists Full of Gold Book

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by Chris Ralph

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Yes, it’s true that you can prospect for and find your own gold – it’s still out there! The title of my book is “Fists Full of Gold” because that’s what I hope it will bring you. I’ve put in years of experience to make this book the most comprehensive prospecting book ever written. Its very different from what is on the market already – It’s focus is to teach you how to find gold deposits, both placer and hard rock. There is a huge amount of information here that is just simply not available in any other prospecting book. It has plenty of basic coverage for new prospectors but lots of material for those guys who have some experience and want to learn more, plus even more advanced information for prospectors with decades of experience. It is up to date with all the latest technology and science.

This book takes a unique and different approach in teaching the “trade skills” of prospecting – it covers not just equipment, but the knowledge you really need to find those locations with recoverable gold. This information is important because in the final analysis, no matter well you operate your dredge, metal detector or other prospecting equipment, unless you can find the deposits where the gold is concentrated, your equipment cannot help you recover it. It’s designed to be the one prospecting book you will never outgrow. It’s a quite a reference: more than 360 pages long with over 225,000 words. That makes it longer by far than any other prospecting book written for individuals – longer than any 2 or 3 of them combined! In spite of this, it’s all written for the average individual who does not have any formal training in geology or mining.

Some of the highlights of
the information contained in the book includes:

The basics of prospecting and finding gold,

The fact that there is lots of gold is still out there to
be found
How to use a gold pan, including crevicing, mossing and
sniping for gold
How to get the best recovery out of your sluice box or highbanker
How to use a suction dredge to find and recover paystreaks

How to operate a dry washer for gold
An extensive section on metal detecting, perhaps the best on
the market
Building your own equipment: including building
your own:
    Portable sluice box
Lightweight suction dredge
Desert dry washer

How to operate a small scale commercial mining
How to deal with and get the most out of your black
How to get the best prices for your gold, specimens
and nuggets
A full coverage of the geology of gold and silver
mineral deposits:

All about minerals and how to identify them
Minerals associated with gold deposits
Rocks: what they are and how to identify them
Basic geology for the prospector in an understandable form
A detailed explanation of placer geology and how paystreaks
A detailed explanation of hard rock geology and how gold
deposits form
How to recognize many types of hard rock gold and silver

How to do research to find your own rich
concentrations of gold:

 Using and understanding topographic maps, aerial photos
and GPS
Where to find little known sources of information on gold
How to use geology maps to find gold

Signs and indicators of gold deposits that you want to
look for in the field
How to read and interpret signs of old timer workings
How to recognize geologic indicators of gold mineralization

How to prospect for commercial deposits of gold and
Mining law and how to stake and maintain your own
Platinum placers and deposits – How to prospect for
Diamonds in placers – How to recognize them
Maps of where to find gold in the US and Australia

Plus hundreds of photos,
diagrams and illustrations to explain the concepts
presented in the book.

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1 review for Fists Full of Gold Book


    This is it, this is the definitive guide to gold prospecting. This should be a must-read for anyone just starting out and anyone that’s an expert might learn a few things too. You’ll look at the ground differently when you’re out prospecting after you finish reading this book. Word of caution, it does get a little dense in some of the lode mining sections but this book is a bible on gold and it covers EVERYTHING there is to know about it. This should be the last book you’ll need for awhile on prospecting.

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