Life in the Alaska Gold Rush
July 2007 by Frank Lorey IIIThe discovery of gold in the Klondike in August 1896 brought a rush that became a bonanza for a few, and hardship and disaster for many. The remoteness of the discovery site, and the extremely harsh climate made the effort to recover gold foolhardy for all but the most prepared.
These are just a few tips and opinions of mine and this article is primarily intended for persons just starting to detect for gold and using a VLF detector.
The past year was an extremely busy one here at ICMJ’s Prospecting and Mining Journal.
Basic Geology for the Independent Miner—Part III Understanding Plate Tectonics, Volcanism and Mountain Building
The formation of gold, silver and many other types of deposits depends on a natural segregation of the elements from the earth, so that gold or silver (and other minerals) becomes enriched enough to form a valuable ore.
Sometimes a placer miner will find small bits and nuggets of metal associated with gold and other heavy minerals in his concentrates, which exhibits a silver-gray color rather than the normal tones of gold.
The main problem with the current scheme is that regulatory agencies often consult with you, then disregard your concerns and do what they want anyway.
Some 250 million years ago, the Earth had just one supercontinent, known as “Pangaea.” For whatever reason, the supercontinent began to break apart. South America and Africa remained joined, as “Gondwana,” until 65 million years ago, when they split apart. The obvious “fit” of South America with Africa was noted by geologists back in the 19th century, but it was not until Alfred Wegener came out with his “continental drift” hypothesis in 1912 that people took note.
Ray followed up by detecting the same area and I was happy to see that he did not find any good targets in the same line. So far so good.
The Bawl Mill • Ask the Experts • More Tips for Evaluating Ores • The Mountain Gate Mine • The Basics of Small-Scale Heap Leaching with Cyanide Part I—History, Suitablility and Permitting • Oregon Suction Dredge Permit Update • In Pursuit of Gold and Silver in the Sierra Madres—Buying the Pilot Mill • More Small-Scale Miners Attracted by Gold Prices • Gold in New Zealand • Ready “Ore” Not, Uranium Boom is On Again • Melman on Gold & Silver • Mining Stock Quotes and Mineral & Metal Prices • Looking Back