One of the most exciting activities, or hobbies, is that of prospecting for Gold. Prospecting is also known as fossicking. It involves physical labor and a lot of walking or horseback riding and it can be done by panning, sifting or outcrop investigation and probing the soil using a range of popular metal detectors.
Today modern prospectors rely on training, study of geology and prospecting technology. This includes geological mapping, rock assay analysis and sometimes just intuition of the prospector.
Metal detectors are invaluable for gold prospectors. They can detect gold nuggets in the soil down to about 3 feet to 15 feet depending on the device used and the operators hearing ability.