Gold in Rotten Rock
February 2004 by Edgar B. Heylmun, PhDRotten rock (saprolite) can be found in all warm, humid regions, but is best developed in humid, subtropical climates, like that found in the American South. Outwardly, it looks like bedrock, but upon closer inspection, it can be seen that roots penetrate it and that it can be worked with a shovel or hydraulic monitor.
Gold’s greatest previous bull market took place in 1977-1980 amidst currency instability, and we cannot help but note the similarities between the present and that past era.
Lots of prospectors are trying out nugget detecting for the first time and finding out that it isn’t all that easy. In fact, in my opinion, metal detecting for nuggets is perhaps the most difficult form of prospecting that one can take on.
Diamond exploration in Canada has led to a major new industry that did not exist prior to six years ago. Yet today, Canada ranks as one of the world’s leading producers of gem-quality diamonds.
• Just a drop in the (coal) bucket
• Location, Location, Location...
• The "hard drive" for answers...
Excerpts from CMJ published 50 years ago this month.
Federal and state wildlife biologists planted false evidence of a rare cat species in two national forests, officials told The Washington Times.
• Should I focus efforts on this particular rock type?
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