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Sunday, March 13, 2011

Gold Occurrences in Ohio

Gold does occur in Ohio in the glacial drift that covers the state where it has been brought down from Canada by two separate episodes glaciation the Wisconsinan and the Illinoian in the past 300,000 years. There is no lode gold in Ohio because the crystalline bedrock of the state is buried beneath thousands of feet of sedimentary rocks. Since the crystalline basement rocks are an extension of the Canadian Shield it is safe to assume that there is gold bearing mineralization under the overlying sedimentary rock as there is in the Abitibi gold belt to the north in Canada.

Glacial Deposits in Ohio
By Ohio Geological Survey


All the gold that is found in Ohio is placer gold that was brought down from the Abitibi region of Ontario during the last two ice ages that is widely distributed all the way from Lake Erie all the way to the Ohio River. The placer gold deposits in the state cover about two thirds of its area and even they are covered by younger lake bottom and wind borne deposits. Just about any river or stream in Ohio has the capability of carrying placer gold. Although gold is not plentiful in Ohio there is enough to attract the interest of many part-time gold miners and prospectors.

The discovery of gold in Ohio probably dates back to the return home of some California gold miners that started exploring the local rivers and streams for placer gold, and found some. The most plentiful gold in Ohio is found in the deposits that were laid down in front of glaciers in areas that are called terminal moraines. Just about any flowing water in this area will have gold bearing sands.

The glacial map of Ohio narrows down the most likely places to find gold in the state so study the map carefully. This map is available from the Ohio Geological Survey in a much more readable scale than is possible on the computer. They also publish a paper called GeoFacts No, 9 that is titled “Gold in Ohio” that should be read by any goldseekers that want to find gold in Ohio. and the Illinoian in the past 300,000 years. There is no lode gold in Ohio because the crystalline bedrock of the state is buried beneath thousands of feet of sedimentary rocks. Since the crystalline basement rocks are a seller and extension of the Canadian Shield it is safe to assume that there is gold bearing mineralization under the overlying sedimentary rock as there is in the Abitibi gold belt to the north in Canada.

All the gold that is found in Ohio is placer gold that was brought down from the Abitibi region of Ontario during the last two ice ages that is widely distributed all the way from Lake Erie's all to the Ohio River. The placer gold deposits in the state cover about two thirds of its area and even they are covered by a younger lake bottom and wind borne in deposits. It just about any river or stream in Ohio has the capability of carrying placer gold. Although gold is not plentiful in Ohio there is enough to attract the interest of many part-time gold miners and prospectors.

The discovery of gold in Ohio probably dates back to the return home of some California gold miners that started exploring the local rivers and streams for placer gold, and found some. The most plentiful golden Ohio was found in the positives that were laid down in front of the glaciers in areas that are called terminal moraines. Just about any flowing water in this area will have gold bearing sands.

The glacial map of Ohio narrows down the most likely places to find gold in the state so study the map carefully. This map is available from the Ohio Geological Survey in a much more readable scale than is possible on the computer. They also publish a paper called GeoFacts No, 9 that is titled “Gold in Ohio” that should be read by any goldseekers that want to find gold in Ohio.

9 comments:

  1. very helpful, still trying to figure out how to tell what the different areas or moraines are, or maybe where those particular deposits came from as to determine the migration of gold from those original deposits.

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  2. A moraine is a place where a glacier stopped its forward motion or paused for a while in its forward or receding movement. Another type of moraine is one that forms along the edges of a glacier. A good example of moraines usually leaves a very troubled topography behind. In Ohio the terminal moraine roughly is the bank of the Ohio River.

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  3. I have found that there are great deposits of gold in and around Beaver Creek Ohio close to where it dumps out into the Ohio River. I have found over 10 ounces in the last 3 years with just a pan and a small sluice box.But if u look at the Glacier Map of ohio u can find small amounts anywhere in the glacial region.

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    1. I live extremely close to beaver creek, I could throw a gold nugget and hit the park from here, I was wondering about the possibility of gold in beaver creek so I searched online and found nothing but I found this by searched for something along the lines of finding gold in the ohio river and I found this.

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    2. I live extremely close to beaver creek, I could throw a gold nugget and hit the park from here, I was wondering about the possibility of gold in beaver creek so I searched online and found nothing but I found this by searched for something along the lines of finding gold in the ohio river and I found this.

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  6. I found some type of rock on lake Erie shore and I think I have found gold. It is dark and I tried to get it out of the rock but it is too hard to get out. What is it?

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