Basic Geology for the Independent Miner—Part I Recognizing and Understanding Minerals
January 2006 by Chris RalphMany individual prospectors would like to know a little more about the geology of gold deposits. There is no doubt that in the final analysis, no matter how well you operate your equipment, unless you can find the places where gold is...
...frankly, the question is being asked, "How in the world could otherwise rational people even consider investments in the yellow in the yellow and white metals?"
• On a personal note...
• The numbers don't lie...much
• The blame game
There are not a lot of tools needed to get out and take advantage of the situation. Other than my wetsuit, I typically travel light with a gold pan, maybe a pry bar and a few crevice cleaning tools.
Most of the world's great gold mines are in secondary (supergene) enrichments in veins and stockwork, brought about by physical and chemical processes.
The question of relentless government payouts continues to haunt the political system.
The Bawl Mill • Rent, Lease, or Own Your Equipment • A Profitable Approach—Financing Mineral Exploration With Oil & Gas Projects • The Grubstake Gulch Placers, Alaska • The Lynx Creek Placers, Arizona • Gemstones in Wyoming—Part II • The Mexican Gold Belt • Melman on Gold & Silver • Looking Back • Mining Stock Quotes and Mineral & Metal Prices