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If you like to dig for gold so does the OSPA, we love to dig for gold.

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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

Wondering if there is Gold in Ohio?  Click Here to find out.

There is Gold in Ohio and the OSPA has four of the best gold claims in the state.  More info on OSPA claims.

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.


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Next Meeting

The next meeting is on Sunday, April 27th and will be held at the Norris Claim in Mt Vernon, OH.  This will be our first outdoor meeting of the year so come on out and shake off those winter blues.  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

Last meeting was at the Buckabilly Sluice HQ in Wilalrd, OH.  Two nuggets were given away in raffles, had a great showing of members and potential members and had a good potluck.  Don't forget, Guests are always welcome.   Contact Us for information if you want to attent a meeting as a guest.

News & Events

OSPA Meeting Schedule 2014

Meetings start  at 11:00am with potluck and raffle to follow.

Apr 27 - Norris Claim, Mt. Vernon, OH
May 25
Norris Claim, Mt. Vernon, OH
Jun 22 -
Double D Claim, Georgetown, OH
Jul 27
Double D Claim, Georgetown, OH
Aug 24
Norris Claim, Mt. Vernon, OH
Sep 28
Norris Claim, Mt. Vernon, OH
Oct 26
Double D Claim, Georgetown, OH
Nov 23
Buckabilly Sluice HQ  Willard, OH
Dec 28
TBA Columbus, OH

GPAA Gold and Treasure Show Dates

Complete GPAA 2014 Show Schedule Click Here

April 12 - 13 - Lancaster, California
Antelope Valley Fairgrounds
April 26 - 27 - Las Vegas, Nevada
South Point Hotel and Casino
May 10 - 11 - Puyallup, Washington
Puyallup Fair and Events Center

Other Gold and Mineral Shows in Ohio

Apr 5 - 6  - Columbus Rock and Gem Society 
May 3 - 4 - GeoFair Cincinnati

If you have a show you want listed for Ohio, please Contact Us Here.

Prospector Days 2014

The OSPA will be holding an event on Memorial Day Weekend (May 24-26th) at the Norris Claim.
$20 off memberships and renewals during this event.
Small fee for metal detecting and to enter raffles, all other activites are FREE.

For more info call Sonny (phone number below) or use the email form on the Contact Us page.



Gold Lesson

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.