Alluvial and Placer Mineral Deposits Geology for Investors
Aug 05, 2013 Gold panning at Bonanza Creek, Dawson, Yukon, Canada. Image: CC. Gold panning is the simplest technique to extract gold from gravel. Washing the gravel allows the heavier gold particles to separate at the bottom of the pan. The design of pans hasn’t changed for hundreds of years, but new lighter weight materials do make them easier to use.