5.0 out of 5 stars, March 9, 2015
A MUST HAVE to all past, present, and future prospectors!
By Timothy English, State Director of Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and local President of GPAA of Western Mass
I have just read a portion of this e-book and I feel that this is a book that everyone, from beginner to expert can use to their advantage.
It is written in terms that is easy for anyone to understand and contains an enormous amount of information that should be useful to anyone looking to better their knowledge of prospecting or metal detecting. I have forwarded this info of the book to all my prospecting friends and suggested that they look into purchasing this book for themselves.
I feel this book will become a MUST HAVE to all past, present, and future prospectors! No prospector should be without it!
5.0 out of 5 stars, February 25, 2015
I can foresee this book becoming THE GOLD PROSPECTORS BIBLE
By James P. Young, President of South Mississippi Chapter-Gold Prospectors Association of America and also the Mississippi State Director
My name is Jim Young and I have been prospecting for a long time, and I do a lot of research in a lot on different aspects of gold prospecting. I am also the President of South Mississippi Chapter-Gold Prospectors Association of America, and also the Mississippi State Director. I state the above information so that you can understand that I do know what I am talking about. But, to make this very clear to all, the statements provided herein are my own personal thoughts and beliefs and I am NOT nor am I authorized to speak for the GPAA.
In case you are wondering about why I am saying all this is that, FINALLY, I am really happy to see that someone has put so much information under one cover. I have, probably, most of the information in the book already but it is scattered through many studies, research papers, government documents, and other books (the accuracy of which sometimes is questionable). That is why I can foresee this book becoming THE GOLD PROSPECTORS BIBLE. This book contains a ton of information under one cover that could take a prospector or researcher hours and even days to find independently. Mr. Rapp openly states in his intro to the book and also in his press release that most of this information is freely available to the public. I agree with that, ...it is. However, as many long time prospectors know, finding the information and then trying to interpret technical or scholastic jargon, and put it in layman's terms is a trial in itself. Mr. Rapp has put the information in this book in a simple-to-read and even an enjoyable reading format that even a brand new "newbie" can understand it.
The book contains a lot of information on the use of geology to prospect, and what is in this book is the study of geology that is very specific to the search for gold and some other precious metals and minerals. Mr. Rapp, also provides some general information about the tools and equipment used in prospecting. For instance, how dredges operate and how to set one up correctly, how to use a gold pan, sluice box, and some other methods to extract fine gold from black sand. Mr. Rapp states in his intro that it took seven years to put all this together.... and it shows. If there is such a designation I would definitely nominate this book as the "GOLD PROSPECTORS BIBLE". It is that good and I have never found any other publication with this much information in it. I highly recommend this to all persons interested in prospecting and will state emphatically that any serious prospector should have this book in his library. I also hope that Mr. Rapp will eventually publish this book under hard cover because I would like the ability to carry it with me in the field and also be able to place it in my prospecting library. My recommendation for anyone interested in this topic is to definitely get your own copy...
5.0 out of 5 stars January 5, 2016
Great book for prospectors of all skill levels and regardless of location. Great explanations of gold geology!
Finally someone has written a genuinely useful book that tells readers so much more than the usual gold prospecting books do. Kudos to Tim Rapp for raising the bar in the genre and compiling a great resource that people can read and re-read again and again.
While most gold prospecting books simply reiterate basics like reading streams and basic panning, this book provides the reader with a comprehensive understanding of the geology behind WHY the gold is there in the first place. Once readers appreciate the holistic approach and spend some time understanding the geology of gold, it will definitely become a more powerful tool than just hunting gravel bars in a promising looking waterway. Instead of panning the creek, Tim's book would help you see your surroundings in a different way to find the sources of placer gold. The best part is that all of the geology in it is specifically tuned to gold prospecting. Because of the general approach to geology, this concepts and strategies for finding gold are applicable to a wide range of terrain. While reading, I was rethinking old locations from my own recreational prospecting experience in western Canada.
The book is also a gateway to other online resources and video links and I am now reaching out from hyperlinks in the book to a nice list of resources to dive deeper into specific locations of interest. I also thought the sections on different forms of recreational gold prospecting were nicely put together (panning, dredging, sluicing, metal detecting, etc.) It provides a relatively thorough treatment of each topic and points readers toward additional resources where appropriate.
I can totally see myself going back to this book over and over, especially the geological sections. The geology is not what I would call light reading, but I don't know how you could lighten up much more due to the lingo used by geologists. The point is that the author is trying to educate us and give readers a more detailed understanding of the gold-bearing world under our feet. Persevere, pay attention and you should be rewarded in your future prospecting adventures. If finding gold simply consisted of digging a hole and panning it out, we'd all be rich!
5.0 out of 5 stars, February 20, 2015
Fascinating and easy to understand
So much information in such a concise presentation. Fascinating and easy to understand explanations of geologic processes that result in the various types of gold deposits. Clear instruction on how to identify different strata that are likely to contain gold. I'm looking forward to applying these techniques in the field.
5.0 out of 5 stars, March 6, 2015
I read Tim Rapp’s Introduction for New Gold Prospectors and realized gold can be found less than 30 miles to the west of where I currently live, Swauk Creek, plus so many other places in my part of the country. The book told me where gold has been found before, chances are it will be found there again, I believe this! The U.S. Government estimates that there is almost a trillion dollars of undiscovered gold waiting for me to find it.
Being new to gold prospecting I know there are so many things I need to learn. This eBook appears to make it easy for me. It lists the gold prospecting equipment I need to use, and how to use it. The book gives links to videos showing people actually using the equipment. The book also tells me where to go for historical gold production information in the state, how to download free maps of gold mine locations and other information from state and federal databases. It also lets me know where to go for federal, state and local gold prospecting rules and regulations, plus local property boundaries. The last part of the book helped me by taking me step by step through entire the process of finding gold. Even though I have no experience or education in geology, research or gold prospecting, I am hoping I have learned enough from this book to find gold.
Watch for me on the news, I will be the girl holding the golden nugget!
5.0 out of 5 stars, March 16, 2015
What a fun book to read
By Stan Wanless, Scheduling Professional, Seattle, Washington
This review is from: The Essential Introduction for New GOLD Prospectors (Kindle Edition)
What a fun book to read. I found the reading to be very intoxicating much like a good novel where you never know what's in the next chapter or how it's going to end. I especially liked the section on "Swauk Creek” in the state of Washington. I know the area well, but not the history of gold in the area. I look forward to using this book during my retirement to explore this area, have some adventure, and maybe find a little gold. I was surprised to learn about the Carlin area in Nevada where I worked on an extension to the Newmont underground mining facility. A GREAT read!
5.0 out of 5 stars, March 20, 2015
The Essential Introduction for New GOLD Prospectors is Top Drawer!
By KellyBrown, Automotive marketing consultant
I have reviewed "The Essential Introduction for New GOLD Prospectors and it is indeed first rate, very impressive. Tim has a gift to organize his thoughts, material and experience into a user friendly format. This is just the opposite of a boring engineering outline, it is dynamic and thought provoking! In addition, Tim has credentials that most other authors on this topic do not possess.
I would recommend this book to anyone interested in Gold Prospecting!
5.0 out of 5 stars, March 20, 2015
An Essential Guide for ANY Gold Prospector
By Larry Tobey, President of Nye Gold Seekers in Pahrump, Nevada
As President of Nye Gold Seekers in Pahrump, Nevada, I am extremely impressed with the comprehensive coverage of the subject of gold prospecting. While this book is a fantastic tool for new gold prospectors, I believe it is very useful for even the experts. The many links make the e-book a preferred format to expand the available knowledge base. Hard cover books provide references, but they are not as readily available as reference links in an e-book. Downloaded to a tablet or smart phone, the e-book is a ready reference while in the field searching for gold. Of special interest is the coverage of basic geology and mineralogy. This is "essential" to investigate prospective areas to search for gold and possibly stake a claim. There are many methods and techniques for finding and processing gold presented in the e-book. I recommend it highly.
5.0 out of 5 stars/ Top Pick, May 5, 2015
I highly recommend this book!
By Diana Coyle, Book Reviewer, Night Owl Reviews "Find Your Next Great Book!"
This book is presented in an easy to understand format for even amateur prospectors to fully understand. Anyone who is interested in searching for gold, whether you’re a novice or a pro, can easily apply one or more of the techniques Mr. Rapp has graciously supplied to us. This book is an invaluable resource and I feel with the wealth of knowledge the author included in this book, everyone can enter into prospecting being fully ready and prepared to strike gold.
What I really enjoyed reading about was just how many states have had gold discovered there and just how many states have gold resources to be prospected for the first time. I was truly surprised by the list of 38 states the author supplied to his readers. That alone would be incentive enough to go out and search for your own gold. I also enjoyed all the external links the author included in this book. Mr. Rapp even explained the tools and techniques that could very well make an inexperienced prospector a very successful one. I highly recommend this book and I’m extremely happy I was given the opportunity to review it for NetGalley.
5.0 out of 5 stars, April 11, 2015
Wonderfully Comprehensive - The Real Deal
By Bruce Smith
I can't imagine any one book being more comprehensive for learning geology and/or prospecting. By opening a plethora of links, one can go as deep into any general or technical subject they want. It's fascinating and I was instantly hooked - for hours upon hours. The mineralogy and petrology links took me back to my college geology days, and I really appreciated the section on mineral associations. Much of the info is state-by-state.
To me, probably the most daunting subject for new prospectors is staying property-legal, and there's a section on this too, with many links that are must-reads.
Don't be fooled by the low price. This e-book is the real deal.
5.0 out of 5 stars, June 28, 2015
Excellent book for gold prospecting that also covers basic geology very clearly.,
By Amazon Customer (Anonymous)
An excellent book that covers not only gold prospecting but also basic geology in well organized, clearly written sections for the beginner or professional. The selection and description of certain types of ore deposits is very well done. The Kindle book has good description with many links to clearly show how to prospect for, pan or sluice for gold. A description of how metal detectors work is very well done..
5.0 out of 5 stars, March 1, 2015
Encyclopedia for New Gold Prospectors
By Nick Straffon, President of the Remus, Michigan Chapter of Gold Prospector's Association of America
I am a recreational gold prospector with 10 years of experience in several gold bearing States and find this book very useful and exceedingly interesting. The author amassed a cornucopia of gold prospecting information that can serve as a bible for first time weekend enthusiasts as well as many long time recreational gold prospectors. I suspect that the chapters describing the geology surrounding gold deposits will be useful even for gold mining professionals. Mr. Rapp provides detailed information about tools, procedures and processes used by prospectors and the geological formations where one may have better chances of finding gold. His multiple internet links provide source material that could never be condensed in a 300 page book. If a subject isn't completely explained in the book, he posts hot links to other sites for more detailed explanations. It could easily be the text book for an undergraduate geology class for gold prospectors.
I highly encourage prospecting enthusiasts to read the book and join a local gold prospecting club to put what you learn into action. Also, please place particular attention to your State DNR/DEQ and local prospecting laws and rules. They are all different and what may be legal in one state could carry large fines in another.
Disclaimer: I am president of the Remus, Michigan Chapter of Gold Prospector's Association of America, www.michgpaa.com, but my comments are mine alone and I don't attempt to represent those of GPAA, www.goldprospectors.org. And yes, we have very fine gold dispersed throughout Michigan.
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