Gold and Silver Deposits of Bodie, California
November 2019 by Alex Dolbeare
Bodie, California, in its heyday, was once rumored to be one of the roughest and most lawless towns in the American West.
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.
Some gems can potentially poison you, make you sterile and even make you forget who you are.
I’ve been fascinated by iron minerals for many years. So let’s take a look at this very interesting and colorful element.
Kimberlite is very difficult for geologists to find, let alone prospectors and rock hounds. This is because kimberlite is rarely exposed on the surface and few people know how to identify the rock.
He found 5 to 7 feet of gravel containing half an ounce per yard. This started a rush of placer activity and several other shafts were sunk, with some large multi-ounce nuggets being found.
When my field assistant Jay Roberts and I entered the mine, it appeared as if someone just walked out of the mine, turned off the lights and never returned.
The excitement over IOCG deposits began with the discovery of a monster deposit at Olympic Dam in Australia in 1976. The discovery was accidental as the operator was searching for strata-bound copper deposits.
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