Do You Have What it Takes ... Panning for Gold
by Staff
As gold prices continue to rise, so does the excitement of panning for gold. While it's not the best get-rich-quick scheme, getting your hands dirty in Alaska's streams can provide hours of family fun -- if you're the patient type. Take this quiz to see if you have what it takes.

During what decade was gold first found in Alaska?

  • 1860s
  • 1870s
  • 1880s

How can you tell fool's gold from regular gold?

  • fool's gold can be cut
  • fool's gold can be scratched
  • fool's gold smells like rotten eggs

What are the two types of gold deposits?

  • mine and stream
  • deep tunnel and surface
  • lode and placer

True or false: Gold is one of the softest metals.

  • True
  • False

In what form is naturally occurring gold pulled from the earth?

  • about five percent pure
  • 100 percent pure
  • mixed with silver, copper and other metals

True or false: There is no more gold left in Alaska.

  • True
  • False

What is the main danger in panning for gold in Alaska?

  • weather
  • bears
  • backaches

What kind of mining technique was outlawed in 1884?

  • prospecting
  • hydraulic mining
  • blast mining

How much gold is in the largest Alaskan gold lode?

  • 300,000 ounces
  • 3 million ounces
  • 30 million ounces

True or false: The largest gold nugget was found in Alaska.

  • True
  • False