In this section of "Finding Gold with Google Earth" part 2, I will be discussing how to get the most out of Google Earth without any add-ons. This useful tool can easily be overlooked, and could show you the next paystreak or gold deposit you have been missing all along.
Over many years, creeks change their paths and/or dry up. Erosion causes a creek to change its path after many years of flooding. This in turn causes creeks to dry up. The creek dries up because the creek that was feeding the dried up creek changed its path and no longer supplies water to it. In most cases the creek turns into an underground spring. As a result of this, the vegetation on and around the ancient creek is healthier, thicker, and greener. This is easily spotted using Google Earth. Here is a photo example of what to look for:
|Notice the vegetation outlined in yellow.|
Notice the vegetation outlined in yellow. Observe the surrounding vegetation. Do you see how the vegetation around the underground spring is nearly dead looking? On top of the spring and along its edge is healthy, deep-green vegetation. A creek once flowed through that area and is now underground. This would be a great place to look for gold (if it is in a gold bearing area).