One of the most informative things I have found is Jeff Williams youtube videos. The guy acts nuts to some, and just funny to others, but he seems to really know his geology and works the daylights out of that desert in most of the different ways. I think the learning curve on the desert and knowing what to look for is even higher then stream placer prospecting. I try to watch at least one of Jeff's videos a day and watch them over and over hoping some of his knowledge is going to sink in, especially on the geology and where its good to run metal detection, or dry washing, or vacuuming. He has videos on about everything and the cumulative desert geology information is quite extensive.