Lluvia de Oro—A Shower of Gold Awaiting Development in the Sierra Madre—Part II
December 2008 by Steve WilsonAbout 8 a.m. we heard a lot of firing and shouts, and Colonel Carranza with a large force came charging down the hill. The Villistas fled, leaving their animals behind them. Not one of them was killed or captured.
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For the last two years we’ve held a hands-on prospectors training session in the Iowa Hill district of California’s Mother Lode country as a part of our Gold Prospecting and Mining Summit event. Because of this, I thought it might be good to take a look at the history, geology and opportunities that the Iowa Hill district still offers to the individual prospector.
I have a slight mental disorder. It causes frequent lapses in common sense, good judgment and bouts of high fever—gold fever.
A retired gold prospector spent hours digging up his fortune in the northern goldfields near Kambalda, Western Australia, after finding the target with his metal detector.
...the federal agency is intrigued by a plan that might result in cleaning up the area without cost to taxpayers.
Most gold-bearing veins in this region are controlled by fractures associated with the Melones Fault, a late Cretaceous structure that is 108 to 127 million years old.
…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.
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