Gold mining consists of the processes and techniques employed in the removal of gold from the ground. There are several techniques by which gold may be extracted from the earth.

Original Gold Mining Device

Gold mining consists of the processes and techniques employed in the removal of gold from the ground.…

"The spade is commonly used for digging and trenching, but much of this work is now better done by means of Parkes's diggging-fork, which is both handier and lighter, and breaks up the ground better than the spade." — Encyclopedia Britannica, 1893

Digging-Fork

"The spade is commonly used for digging and trenching, but much of this work is now better done by means…

"A horse- or steam-power machine for digging, moving, or transporting loose gravel, sand, or soil." -Whitney, 1911

Excavator

"A horse- or steam-power machine for digging, moving, or transporting loose gravel, sand, or soil."…

"A wayward youth in mischief takes delight, / A trick to put one in a sorry plight, / He deeply digs a pit; covers it all o'er, / And thinks he'll have him in his power; / But now, while he on this way is strolling, / Into his own trap, see now he's falling."—Barber, 1857

He Dug a Pit and Fell into it Himself

"A wayward youth in mischief takes delight, / A trick to put one in a sorry plight, / He deeply digs…

A man working, digging with a shovel.

Man Digging

A man working, digging with a shovel.

"For it is as when a man, going into another country, called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods. And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one; to each according to his several ability; and he went on his journey. Straightway he that received the five talents went and traded with them, and made other five talents. In like manner he also that received the two gained other two. But he that received the one went away and digged in the earth, and hid his lord's money." Matthew 25:14-18
<p>Illustration of the man who received the one talent digging a hole to hide the money he received. IN the background is an inverted corinthian capital.

Parable of the Talents, Hiding the One Talent

"For it is as when a man, going into another country, called his own servants, and delivered unto them…

The father of Reynard the Fox finds buried treasure of the former king, Ermerick.

Reynard the Fox: Finding the Treasure

The father of Reynard the Fox finds buried treasure of the former king, Ermerick.

"One of the simplest forms of sluice as used in river diggings in the north-west of America. A rectangular trough of boards, whose dimensions depend chiefly on the size of the planks available, is set up on the higher part of the ground at one side of the claim to be worked, upon trestles or piers of rough stone-work, at such an inclination that the stream may carry off all but the largest stones, which are kept back by a grating of boards about 2 inches apart at a." &mdash; Encyclopedia Britannica, 1893

Sluice

"One of the simplest forms of sluice as used in river diggings in the north-west of America. A rectangular…

Illustrated is a man digging a hole in frozen ground, which will hold a tree.

Tree Hole

Illustrated is a man digging a hole in frozen ground, which will hold a tree.