Gateway Gold and Jerritt Canyon
December 2005 by Leonard MelmanNorthern Nevada is prime mining territory. In fact, no state has been as mining-friendly as the Silver State and, as a result, mining has made important contributions to that state’s economic development.
The company that wants to build and operate the mine, Rare Element Resources Ltd., promises high-wage jobs and economic vitality to an area where 40 percent of the population is age 50 or older.
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The great mining geologist Waldemar Lindgren used the word “epithermal” to describe a type of quartz vein commonly found in desert regions of the United States and Mexico.
Contacts, faults and zones of weak rock are all places that can act as a pipeline to convey gold-bearing fluids, leading to valuable deposits.
Excerpts from California Mining Journal, our original title, published 50 years ago this month.
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