Critical Metals: Lithium
February 2014 by Chris RalphProspecting for lithium deposits can take a number of different directions, because this metal can be extracted from a variety of geologically differnet sources.
Climbing up the debris, I pointed my flashlight up a shaft ascending straight up as far as my light would shine. It was the stope of the pay shoot leading to the old tunnel above!
It was the middle of winter and the valley was covered in snow, making prospecting a matter of sinking shafts in the ground.
It also happens sometimes that glaciers will bury valuable placer deposits. This occurs when the glacier goes over the top of an existing placer deposit.
Prospectors who specialize in electronic detecting for nuggets in desert areas are especially interested in this type of deposit, as it yields nuggets that are close to the surface of the ground...
I am going to keep to the basics of surface indications and visual clues in the rocks and minerals themselves that help me find gold-bearing veins in this classification of deposits.
What many people don’t realize is that the Comstock Lode produced over 8,000,000 ounces of gold…
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