Benches and Fossil Placers
March 2013 by Jim HalloranUnfortunately for us mortal humans, we have a poor perspective on geologic time. When we look at a landscape such as a stream valley, we see it only in two, or at the most, three dimensions. We have poor comprehension of the valley’s fourth and most important dimension—time.
There are a number of Tertiary river channels in the area, most of which trend south-southwest. They tend to be steep, narrow, and rich with coarse gold.
Many locals are just waiting for California to allow dredging once more, especially with the current gold prices. There are still plenty of good opportunities for prospectors in this area, just as it has been for so many years.
Confluences of placer streams are well known as concentration sites for heavy minerals. The basic reason is that...
A few quick calculations show that approximately 11 tons of gold are lost each year just in the manufacture of new cell phones.
...we will visit three dormant mining districts that lie in the Oquirrh Range in Utah. Some major activity that transformed the lives of thousands of people occurred here from the mid 1860s to the late 1990s.
It was the middle of winter and the valley was covered in snow, making prospecting a matter of sinking shafts in the ground.
Improvements in mining equipment and techniques, along with a higher gold price, make many mining properties profitable today that may not have been in the past.
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