Volume 6 : November 2006 SPECIAL ISSUE - 'Gold panning, but not as we know it'. A look at gold panning, and how panning is stretched to cover all hand-held gold recovery devices, from gold pans to lotoks, buckets to bowls, and rubber mats to wooden batea. Millions of artisanal gold miners depend on them to make a living, hundreds of thousands of recreational miners use them, and thousands of geologists depend on them for prospecting for gold, platinum, diamonds, gems, tin and other valuable heavy minerals. Its time to take a scientific look at exactly what panning is, and what panning isn't.
THE GOLD PAN IS BEST IN THE WEST - BUT ALMOST NOWHERE ELSE, WHY?