Welcome to The Ohio State Prospectors Association
The premiere club for all things prospecting in Ohio. Gold panning, highbanking, dredging, sluicing, metal detecting, rock hounding, gem grubbing or fossil hunting. Discussions about all of these outdoor activities in the Buckeye State can be found on our forum. Sign up here
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Thinking about joining a propecting club or interested in learning more about gold prospecting or the OSPA? Come to a meeting or join the forum and introduce yourself. Guests are always welcome.
Reminder that the December meeting has been cancelled due to the Holiday Season. The next meeting is on Sunday, January 25th and will be held at Cabelas in Columbus, OH. Cabelas is a great store and is worth the visit if you have not been there. If you need the address or directions use the form here, Contact Us and I will get the information to you. Meetings start promptly at 11am with potluck and raffle to follow. Don't forget, meetings are open to everyone, so if you are thinking about joining a prospecting club, come on out and and see what the OSPA has to offer. Hope to see you there.
Last meeting was moved indoors due to the cold and was held at the Buckabilly Sluice HQ in Willard, OH. We had our annual Thanksgiving dinner and gave away a couple of nuggets. A big thank you goes out to Bill and Shelly for hosting and to everyone that brought some tasty dishes. Hope you can make the next meeting. Contact Us for information if you want to attent a meeting as a guest.
News & Events
OSPA Meeting Schedule 2015
Complete 2015 schedule coming soon
GPAA Gold and Treasure Show Dates
Other Gold and Mineral Shows in Ohio
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This Week on the Creek
Over Labor Day Weekend, the Buckeye Chapter of the GPAA held their annual Gold Rush Days event at their claim in Butler, OH. GPAA Chapters and prospecting vendors from all over the country attend this even each year. There is also a lot of prospecting done in the creek, a bit of relaxing as well as food vendors, live entertainment and lots of activities for kids and adults. Full picture gallery can be viewed here.
Golds atomic number of 79 makes it one of the higher atomic number elements which occur naturally. Like all elements with atomic numbers larger than iron, gold is thought to have been formed from a supernovae nucleosynthesis process. Their explosions scattered metal-containing dusts (including heavy elements like gold) into the region of space in which they later condensed into our solar system and the Earth. On Earth, whenever elemental gold occurs, it appears most often as a metal solid solution of gold with silver, i.e. a gold silver alloy. Such alloys usually have a silver content of 8 - 10%. Electrum is elemental gold with more than 20% silver. Electrums color runs from golden silvery to silvery, dependent upon the silver content. The more silver, the lower the specific gravity. Relative sizes of a an 860kg rock ore, and the 30g of gold that can be extracted from it. Toi gold mine, Japan. Gold left behind after pyrite cube dissolved away.Gold is found in ores made up of rock with very small or microscopic particles of gold. This gold ore is often found together with quartz or sulfide minerals such as Fools Gold, which is a pyrite. These are called lode deposits. Native gold is also found in the form of free flakes, grains or larger nuggets that have been eroded from rocks and end up in alluvial deposits (called placer deposits). Such free gold is always richer at the surface of gold-bearing veins owing to the oxidation of accompanying minerals followed by weathering, and washing of the dust into streams and rivers, where it collects and can be welded by water action to form nuggets. Gold sometimes occurs combined with tellurium as the minerals calaverite, krennerite, nagyagite, petzite and sylvanite, and as the rare bismuthide maldonite (Au2Bi) and antimonide aurostibite (AuSb2). Gold also occurs in rare alloys with copper, lead, and mercury: the minerals auricupride (Cu3Au), novodneprite (AuPb3) and weishanite ((Au,Ag)3Hg2). Recent research suggests that microbes can sometimes play an important role in forming gold deposits, transporting and precipitating gold to form grains and nuggets that collect in alluvial deposits.