Gold of the Iditarod Mining District, Alaska
March 2014 by Steve HerschbachIt was the middle of winter and the valley was covered in snow, making prospecting a matter of sinking shafts in the ground.
Liberty, Washington is located in the mountains near Yakima and Ellensburg. There is nothing much in Liberty except for about 20 houses on patented mining claims and a lot of dry holes.
In this article, we’re going to take a look at the minerals that contain gold and silver, and how you as a prospector can identify them in the field.
A few quick calculations show that approximately 11 tons of gold are lost each year just in the manufacture of new cell phones.
The majority of the gold produced in Goldfield has come from ores that are close enough to the surface to be oxidized by the air. This oxidized ore is normally a soft, shattered, earthy material usually stained yellow to brown by oxides of iron.
The areas that were mineralized with the bedded ore were huge and vast tonnages were indicated, although they had no idea at the time.
This is the intelligent way to start modern prospecting. The value of literary research yields challenging outings, specimens, history and geologic research.
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