Nevada's Silver City Gold District -- Part II
May 2016 by Alex Dolbeare
...this district has had a continuous life of gold mining and milling that spans 150 plus years, and it appears that it will keep pressing on for many more years of production.
After your excitement peaks when you first receive the high gold assay from the vein you just exposed, you ponder how you will extract and sell your gold. You will need to develop a flow sheet for your process to optimize your recovery and minimize your costs and permit requirements.
This area could be re-evaluated for placer scheelite and gold potential in the future along with sand and gravel processing…
If developed with metal detecting in mind, this virgin ground could be a bonanza for nugget hunting.
We have to remember that the earliest miners were not geologists, but came from a variety of backgrounds. Their survival depended on finding enough gold so they worked hard and adapted to whatever challenges these new areas presented.
For the prospector, knowing what oxidized hydrothermal alteration looks like in the field is an important exploration tool.
This was one of those stories where you have no doubt that the person telling it believes it to be true. But was it?
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