Copper Deposits of Alaska
February 2014 by Steve HerschbachOnly the famous Kennecott copper mine was able to continue operating through the Depression owing to the exceptional richness of its ore.
The nugget sat there in plain sight, though it was covered in dirt, while hundreds of people had passed that way every day.
The areas that were mineralized with the bedded ore were huge and vast tonnages were indicated, although they had no idea at the time.
The placer mineral identification key is designed to answer this question. It attempts to recognize all the minerals in your gold pan concentrates.
To add to the confusion, the dam wasn’t holding back a large amount of water. It was full of gravels and had a small creek running through it. I had to know more.
Prospectors often wonder why gold deposits in veins like it does. Why is one vein rich while another is barren, even though they are only a few hundred feet apart?
The main ore deposits of the Ely district are associated with an east-west belt of altered and mineralized rocks measuring about one mile wide that extends 8 miles westward from Ely.
Not all of these slides and debris flows will produce results, but if you search for these while prospecting in your gold producing areas, then you can increase your odds of finding new gold.
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