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Panning Opportunities!

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Use the map to find gem panning locations throughout the USA.


Panning is a term that was coined back in the days of the gold rush.  Prospectors searching for gold swirled metal pans around with dirt and water.  Gold being very heavy would settle to the bottom of the pan.  Although laborious, panning made many a gold prospector rich.

When filling out your rock collection, you may find that some rock specimens will be hard to find.  The area to collect them may be difficult to get to or the specimen type may be naturally very rare.

To help fill out your collection, we suggest trying your hand at gemstone panning. 

Gemstone panning is a fun and exiting activity for all ages.  Participants may find up to 11 ounces of gemstones in a single bag which may include amethyst, rubies, rose quartz, emeralds, crystals, and arrowheads.  All gems are of high quality and may be suitable for cutting, polishing, and mounting.  Use the map to find locations across the country that offer panning opportunities. 


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