ICMJ Visits Virginia City, Nevada
This was one of those stories where you have no doubt that the person telling it believes it to be true. But was it?
While some future cobalt will come from recycling lithium batteries and other products, the coming huge need for cobalt is virtually a perfect storm of heavy demand and insufficient supply.
Unfortunately for us mortal humans, we have a poor perspective on geologic time. When we look at a landscape such as a stream valley, we see it only in two, or at the most, three dimensions. We have poor comprehension of the valley’s fourth and most important dimension—time.
It is a gemstone, and yet it is also closely associated with many types of metal ores. It's valuable itself but often points toward other valuable minerals—that is certainly something prospectors want to know more about!
…there are loads of different copper minerals, but a large number of them form first in the ground as chalcopyrite and then through the effects of weathering are changed into other minerals like malachite, cuprite and chrysocolla.
Climbing up the debris, I pointed my flashlight up a shaft ascending straight up as far as my light would shine. It was the stope of the pay shoot leading to the old tunnel above!
Exploration, Frustration & Extreme Heat In Pursuit Of Forresthill Gold! • Formation of Gold Deposits in the South Eastern United States • Connecting With The Past With Gold Rush Coins • Half Moons • Summertime Gold! Northern & Southern California • Over the Divide