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Lawrence Dee (Geologist)
Articles by Lawrence Dee
The Lynx Creek Placers, Arizona

Anyone prospecting Northern Arizona has likely heard of the famed Lynx Creek placers, found along one of the richest creeks in the state.

January 2006 (Vol. 75, No. 5)
Utilizing Geologic Maps

Geologic maps generally appear complex and daunting, and certainly some are. However, many have information hidden within their bright splashes of colors and patterns that can aid the prospector who takes the time to study them.

April 2006 (Vol. 75, No. 8)
A Guide to Overlooked Gold Deposits—Part V (Conclusion)

This is the primary geological and mineral assessment agency in the US. Part of the Department of the Interior, the Geological Survey, often just called “The Survey” or USGS, has been in business since its founding in the 1800s. This means you can obtain publications all way the back to the early days of the survey...

January 2004 (Vol. 73, No. 5)
Buying or Investing in Mineral Properties

Mineral properties are constantly being offered through Realtors, magazine ads, and the Internet. They always sound as if they abound in mineral values, but how can you determine if they are really worth the asking price or if they have any value at all?

February 2004 (Vol. 73, No. 6)
BLM Warning About Purchase of Mining Claims on the Internet

In a dramatic reversal of policy the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has posted the following on the huge internet auction house, eBay. Mining claims are currently being offered on eBay with prices ranging into the millions of dollars and apparently the BLM is concerned that many of these claims may not have mineral values that reflect their huge asking prices, be improperly filed, or have one or more of the many other problems that can affect mining claims.

November 2004 (Vol. 74, No. 3)
Using Mineral Deposit Models

Mineral deposit models have been used in mineral exploration for thousands of years. They were obviously not called models as we use the term today, but the idea of accumulating data to predict mineral deposits is the same. Models can be valuable tools in mineral exploration and assessment and are routinely used by major mining companies in locating and evaluating mineral deposits.

June 2003 (Vol. 72, No. 10)
Spencer Opal Deposits, Idaho

In order to give the reader a better appreciation of some alternative valuable minerals that can be found by the average prospector, we visited Bob Thompson’s Opal Mountain Mine located in Spencer, Idaho.

July 2003 (Vol. 72, No. 11)
A Guide to Overlooked Gold Deposits—Part I

Most gold guidebooks just give a brief description of the geology of placers and focus more on the equipment and techniques used to recover placer gold or to metal detect for gold. This article hopes to stimulate your interest in a different direction.

September 2003 (Vol. 73, No. 1)
A Guide to Overlooked Gold Deposits—Part II

The following are situations that the modern prospector would do well to research. Some specific areas are described, but more importantly they present background into what the author feels are worthwhile and generally overlooked situations...

October 2003 (Vol. 73, No. 2)
A Guide to Overlooked Gold Deposits—Part III

Most of the old large gold dredging operations used a trommel. The trommel consisted of a long metal cylinder made of heavy punch plate in which the small gravel, black sands, and gold would fall though holes and end up in banks of sluices.

November 2003 (Vol. 73, No. 3)
A Guide to Overlooked Gold Deposits—Part IV

Trends are geologic situations in which the geological structure of an area is conducive to the deposition of minerals. These structures are generally fault systems that can be small and localized or can run for miles.

December 2003 (Vol. 73, No. 4)