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This page is still under construction, I’ll be adding more as time permits. If you have any glacial gold mining info or tips that you would like to add send me an email
Glacial gold can be found from coast to coast in almost any of the “white” area on this map. Some places will have better gold than others, depending on how rich the source material was. The amount of gold present at a given location is often the result of the meltwater flooding that took place as the glaciers receded. These meltwater floods sorted and concentrated gold that was dispersed throughout the glacial till.
This gold was found several hundred miles from its original source in Ontario or Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.
For the last 2 million years huge ice sheets have periodically swept down from the north gouging out and transporting material southward. Much of this material came from gold bearing placer and hardrock deposits all across Canada. Southern Canada was once home to the tallest mountains in the world, but these were worn down to their very core by more than a billion years of erosion. This process left behind fabulous gold deposits, which in turn were carried south by the massive ice sheets of the Pleistocene Epoch. During the transport, much of the gold bearing gravel was ground up into a very fine clay like material, that is why fine gold is so plentiful in glaciated areas. Even so, there was much more material frozen into the ice that didn’t experience the big grind, instead it remained mostly intact until the ice melted and deposited it in moraines and outwash floods. That is why even large gold nuggets and huge masses of copper can be found throughout the Midwest. Glacial material contains a wide mix of rock types from many different locations - see picture at right.
There are literally thousands of creeks and rivers in the previously glaciated parts of the US (see map above) that contain gold deposits. Anywhere that you search in this area, you will find gold. Most of the gold will be very fine, unless you are working an area that is close to bedrock. This fine glacial gold can probably be found in your own back yard if you live in the “white” area. I have dug holes in the middle of corn fields and found fine glacial gold, it is everywhere! So get out there and start looking, the key to success is persistence.