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.
The next meeting will be held on May 26th at the Norris Claim in Gambier, OH. If you are not a member and want to attend, PM JDISH or MAIL MAN on the forum or use the Contact Us Link on this page to get the info. Guests are always welcome.
The OSPA has a new claim in the Newark area on the Licking river. The property is still being explored but looks promising so far. Members can get details of location and a map in the OSPA Members Board section of the forum.
Last meeting was at the Norris Claim in Gambier, OH. It rained and raised the level of the river so nobody got to play on Sunday but we had a great turnout and had some really good food. I'm craving that Green Tomato soup. Maybe a new recipe will show up in Betty's Board on the forum, hint hint. Hope you can make the next meeting, it's always a good time. 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 2013
Meetings start at 11:00am "ish"
- Norris, Gambier, Ohio
Jun 23 - Double D, Georgetown, Ohio
Jul 28 - Norris, Gambier, Ohio
Aug 25 - Double D, Georgetown, Ohio
Sept 22 - Norris, Gambier, Ohio
Oct 27 - Double D, Georgetown, Ohio
Nov 24 - Buckabilly HQ, Williard, Ohio
Dec 22 - To be announced
GPAA Gold and Treasure Show Dates
Other Gold and Mineral Shows in Ohio
May 4-5 at Cincinnati Gardens
2250 E. Seymour Avenue
Cincinnati, Ohio 45212
This Week on the Creek
Updated 5-3-2013. Couple of thing for "This Week". Out Pres visited the Columbus Gem show where the Tri-State Chapter of the GPAA had a panning boot setup where you could buy a bag of cons and learn to pan. Looks like the little ones had some fun playing in the water and got a little color as a bonus.
Also have some pics from some gold found just upstream of our new claim on the Licking river close to Newark along with some othe interesting things like river glass. We have been told that some of this glass is worth some money if it the right color and size.
If you have pictures or a story you would like to share in this section, send me (JDish) a PM on the forum.
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.