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Can We Find Gold In Michigan?
Michigan has always been famous for its gold. There has been a long tradition of people finding gold in Michigan since the old days. There are currently approximately 79 mines within the Michigan states, many of these mines are still profitable and producing gold but the smaller mines are in decline.
What makes Michigan a great place to find gold is because the northern side of Michigan is renowned for its high deposits of iron ore. The Upper peninsula of Michigan is made of ancient rock and is host to many valuable minerals of copper iron. The lakes of Michigan contain a lot of white quartz containing gold. There are also a lot of silver and diamonds mines in this area. People used to come to Michigan hoping to get rick and many of them settle around the area. However, the reality is, it is not that easy and many them become farmers in the end.
Whatever it is the luring power of gold still remained; many came and mined the hard rock and panned for gold in the rivers feeding the lakes.
Sluice boxes appeared on most streams while the sound of men panning gold could be heard. These days only handful of mines make money. Some of these are belong to big companies although there are few smaller operations that thrive.
Around the year 2009 the situation changed, the government of Michigan state altered their land laws to allow recreational hunting on state land. This opened the door for a lot of weekend detectors. The chance to escape the cities and spend the weekend looking for precious rocks and minerals is becoming a new past time for people.
With panning and sluicing for gold now legal on state land a new hobby was born. With the cost gold pan is very cheap at around 5 to 10 dollars, it become a new phenomenon among the people.
The only problem is that they need to study and research the area. Hunting for precious minerals are not easy, sacrificing your time and money is a must. So provided that the government granted you the permission to hunt, you are perfectly safe to hunt and collect gold as a hobby.
You must ensure that you abide by the law stated by the government. For example if you intend to sluicing - the regulations for the use of sluice box is it should be no longer than 52 inches in length and 12 inches in depth and no more than 6.5 inches deep. They also need to be licensed at a cost of $50 per year and a restriction on their use to the months of July and August only.
One more regulation you need to be aware of is that you can only keep one troy ounce of precious mineral per year. With the soaring high value of gold that should be enough to cover your expenses.
With all these regulations in place, Michigan remains as one of the best place for detectors to find gold and other precious minerals. Good luck if you are going there!
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