How To Identify Minerals
August 2021 by Chris Ralph
There are a number of characteristics that are used when one identifies a mineral. Each characteristic gives an indication as to what the mineral might be, and the combination of them will point to what it is.
The gold is all for sale. Just one tiny coin alone could go for $1 million because of its combination of rarity and the history behind it...
From time to time I’ve been doing a series on critical metals and how important they are to our complex and technological society. This month we are going to take a look at copper, and how important that metal is to our modern lives.
The Candelaria area is of interest to prospectors not just for silver, gold and other metals, but also for the beautiful gemstones found there.
Gold, on the other hand, is super rare, and is one of the rarest elements in the earth’s crust. It averages only 0.000004 percent of the earth’s surface. That is four parts in a billion.
Sulfides and oxides—what's the difference between the two?
…we focused on various layers of hard-packed flood material out of the creek, and we also obtained some material up quite a ways from the creek itself on bedrock.
I couldn’t wait to get started. With no field budget, an assay budget of $100/year, a 1975-Ford Bronco that was a road hazard, a gas card, a topo map and full support of the director, I headed to the State Line district near Tie Siding along US Highway 287 to begin mapping kimberlite.
The Bawl Mill • Ask The Experts - Are pulse induction detectors the right tech for gold? • Ask The Experts - Why can’t I find gold with my detector? • Ask The Experts - Are two rock crushing machines (jaw crusher and chain crusher) necessary? • Ask The Experts - Why am I finding only coarse gold, not fines in this area? • Ask The Experts - Is the amount of gold reserves claimed by mining companies real or just hype? • Chasing Hard Rock Gold As A Placer Deposit • Gold Prospecting for Better or Worse: Bumbling Through A Gold Bonanza • How Mesothermal/Orogenic Gold Deposits Form • My Explosive Introduction to Gold Mining • Georgetown CA: A Historically Rich Mother Lode Treasure • Reminder: Annual Claim Filings and Fees Due • Melman on Gold & Silver • Mining Stock Quotes and Mineral & Metal Prices