Finding Gold in Indiana
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Finding Gold in Indiana

This is about prospecting for gold in Indiana.

Like the other states touching the Great Lakes gold was brought down by the glaciers from Canada especially from the rich gold bearing region of the Atibiti Gold Province. Gold has been found in all of Indiana that was covered by the last glaciations. Gold is especially found in the region of the terminal moraines left by the glaciers. Imagine a glacier is a vast conveyor belt that reaches a point where it melts as fast as it advances; this is where a terminal moraine forms where the glacier unloads itself of all the debris it had carried down from the North.

The entire northern half of Indiana is covered with a thick blanket of glacial debris, but the terminal moraine is found as a series of low hills in a belt reaching about half way across the state. There were several episodes of continental glaciation during the past million years that have affected Indiana ranging from three to as many as twenty-four according to some authorities it was these glaciers that brought gold among other things. Speaking of other things many diamonds have also been found associated with gold in the alluvial deposits of the state.

The glaciers that affected Indiana came from the area South and East of Hudson Bay in Canada causing them to gather gold in the Abitibi Gold Province of Ontario and Quebec one of the richest gold producing areas in the world. The gold that is found in the state is all alluvial gold that can be found in any stream or river in the north half of the state. It is especially abundant in those counties containing terminal moraines, Brown County is one where gold has been actively mined.

Because of the prevalence of gold in these counties as well as diamonds anyone operating a sand & gravel pit in these areas would be well served by running their raw gravel through a sluice box before processing it further. If you are operating a sand washing plant this sluice box may be able to be incorporated into this operation.

For many years gold has been found in the northern half of the state in any of the areas that have been covered by the glacier. Many of these gold bearing areas have been mined

by recreational prospectors although at times people have tried to make gold mining a commercial proposition.

A great deal of information concerning gold can be found in local histories, newspapers or at the state geological survey’s office.

For more information about gold mining go here!

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