Placer Gold in Utah
November 2001 by Edgar B. Heylmun, PhDUtah is not known for gold, but a significant amount has been produced. Over 12 million ounces of lode and placer gold have been produced from Bingham Canyon alone. However, placer production, per se, has been miniscule compared to other western states, although a lot of dry placers may remain undiscovered.
The remote desert of southwestern Arizona was an attraction only because of the gold and other minerals that were found there. Certainly the weather was not a draw! The early mining days were tough—the mines were a long way from supplies, and hostile Indians made travel in the area extremely dangerous.
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A breccia pipe, or chimney, is an irregular cylindrical mass of breccia that is often silicified and stands out as an iron-stained knob. They can be from a few feet to several hundred feet in diameter, and may or may not be mineralized.
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