Is this how gold presents itself naturally when it is found in the river?

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  • Sometimes, very rarely, there will be a nugget among the pebbles on the bottom of a river.   Usually the gold in a river is in the form of near-microscopic flakes mixed in with the sand and mud.

  • Gabe
    Lv 6
    4 weeks ago

    Most of the time it has to be refined first!

  • JimZ
    Lv 7
    4 weeks ago

    It is very seldom that gold will present itself at all.  You have to dig for it and then separate it from the much more plentiful soil and gravel.  Gold is something like 19 times heavier than water, you can check, I may be wrong but the point is that is is much denser than other elements around it and it tends to sink.  It also tends to be found in certain places in a river due that density.  

  • D50
    Lv 6
    4 weeks ago

    It seems like gold rushes start when someone does find a big nugget or two. Then thousands of people rush in to pan for a few pitiful flakes in the sand.

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  • 4 weeks ago

    It can.  Sometimes the different bits get mushed together while being transported downstream.  Usually, the gold is as small grains.  Nuggets exist, as pebbles to large sand-sized masses, but mostly it is as a fine silt range of particles.

  • 1 month ago

    Gold found in rivers is generally just small flakes. Placer mining is frequently used for precious metal deposits (particularly gold) and gemstones, both of which are often found in alluvial deposits—deposits of sand and gravel in modern or ancient stream beds, or occasionally glacial deposits. The metal or gemstones, having been moved by stream flow from an original source such as a vein, are typically only a minuscule portion of the total deposit.

  • 1 month ago

    Almost always, any gold you find in a river will be a few small flakes, mixed in with hundreds of times more dirt and grit. River panning is not a way to make a living.

  • 1 month ago

    No. Very likely what is in the image is pyrite, fools gold. However, pyrite usually isn't spherical like that. If it IS gold, that IS NOT how it is found in a stream or a vein in rock. What is in the image has been sorted and concentrated. That is NOT how gold is found in nature. If that really is gold, it has been mined and processed to a certain extent. 

  • 1 month ago

    No, it is mixed up with a ton of broken rock and silt.

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