Critical Minerals: Gold
August 2011 by Chris RalphA few quick calculations show that approximately 11 tons of gold are lost each year just in the manufacture of new cell phones.
Wouldn’t it be great if you could know if there is gold in the ground without setting foot on the ground? Well you can, to a certain extent, if you can recognize mined ground from unmined.
There were some exceptional times in the far-flung history of the West. Rich finds of minerals that set men’s souls ablaze. From the rich gold fields of California, men who arrived too late to find riches went searching in every direction. The trail that we will follow leads east, past the shining silver district of the Comstock Lode.
Every time we prospected here we found gold, sometimes some really coarse flakes, but no large nuggets (yet).
Polymetallic skarn deposits are an interesting class of deposits that can contain a number of different types of metals.
In 1983, some of the ore yielded more than 2,500 ounces of gold within 30 feet of the surface. The shoot pinched to a narrow vein.
While a large number of locations have yielded some placer gold, most of the state’s placer production has come from a few productive districts.
If developed with metal detecting in mind, this virgin ground could be a bonanza for nugget hunting.
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