Great Basin Gold
June 2001 by Edgar B. Heylmun, PhDThe Great Basin, first named by Capt. John Fremont in 1843, consists of a vast region of internal drainage, occupying most of Nevada and western Utah, and parts of California, Oregon, and Idaho.
As we traveled through the states of Washington, Oregon, California, Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico and Texas we saw the combination of mining towns in stagnation but otherwise, incredible displays of prosperity.
• "...just about more than I can stand."
• "I hope you can answer my number one question..."
• "...I still go out and mine a little at my old stompin' grounds in Siskiyou County..."
• "...New Prospecting Club in the Southeast."
• "...9 ounces...in two weeks."
• "...It's no secret..."
Confluences of placer streams are well known as concentration sites for heavy minerals. The basic reason is that...
Actually, this mid-range gold zone can exist in any eluvial placer field with a shallow zone where the ground “tightens up” below the loosely packed surface dirt to harder packed dirt. However, its presence depends upon several factors:
Steve and I decided to try our luck on the North Fork doing a little highbanking, or motor sluicing as the liberals would call it.
Only the famous Kennecott copper mine was able to continue operating through the Depression owing to the exceptional richness of its ore.
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