ARIZONA GOLD PROSPECTING
Prospecting For Gold In Arizona
In Arizona GOLD Prospecting has been going on for almost 500 years. The first searching or prospecting for GOLD in Arizona began with the Spaniards in the 1500's and has continued on up to the present day modern prospectors. In fact mining was one of the major contributions to Arizona becoming a state and is depicted in the state's official seal. You can see in the middle of the seal to the left, on a mountainside, is a quartz mill with a miner with a pick and shovel. In fact, the first one of the 5 C's used to describe Arizona stood for Copper. At one time Arizona produced more copper as a state than any other entire country in the world. Through 2007 Arizona was the leading copper-producing state in the US, producing 750 thousand metric tons of copper, worth a record $5.54 billion. By this time it's copper mining had declined some since earlier times but Arizona's copper production was 60% of the total for the United States. Copper mining is even more significant in that it also produces gold and silver as byproducts.
When it comes to GOLD, the allure of the elusive and rare precious metal has made many a man leave good paying jobs in hopes of finding a big discovery that will make him wealthy. With the current economic situation, high unemployment and very high price for gold, now's the best time ever to get out there prospecting for a living and bringing home the GOLD!
Today, if you want to prospect for GOLD in Arizona, the best place to start is to join a local Arizona gold prospecting club. As a club member you will receive legal access to claims where you can search for gold without having to worry about being on someone else's claim and being charged with mineral theft, which is a Class D Felony here in Arizona.
There are also many other advantages of being a member of a local prospecting club like the Arizona Association of Gold Prospectors. You will be able to attend local meetings that will offer discussions on a variety of GOLD prospecting and related topics ranging from equipment, techniques, geology, hot spots to find GOLD, local related GOLD prospecting events and governmental mining and prospecting laws. It's always a friendly helpful forum for those who are serious about GOLD prospecting and want to find out what's hot and what's not. If you want to learn more about Arizona Gold Prospecting then you should visit the AAGP at www.arizonagoldprospectors.org.