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Metal Detecting for Gold Within Andesite and Basaltic Volcanic Mining Districts

Andesites and basalts are the most common volcanic rocks in the North American Cordillera. The andesites originated within the earth’s continental crust, while the basalts originated within the mantle.  According to the Plate Tectonic theory...

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