Prospecting for Diamonds
May 2008 by W. Dan HauselIn 1977, I was a young, inexperienced geologist hired to evaluate Wyoming’s diamond resources in the Colorado-Wyoming State Line district, and investigate and map all other mineral commodities in the state with the exception of oil, gas...
What type of sluice box for my trommel?
- Town’s “big risk” leads to really big loss
- High-speed rail causes division...in property access
Excerpted from the U.S. Geological Survey's 1998 Annual Review by Earle B. Amey, Gold Commodity Specialist.
Feeling through the mud, I felt the weight and shape of what could only be gold. Throwing my hand in the water revealed a sixteen-gram nugget oozing with character.
Chances are better that both types of gold did not come from the same source. Let's look at the probable conditions to cause two types of gold in a placer.
Almost 200 miles northwest of Las Vegas, Nevada, Gold Point was developed initially as a gold mining community in 1868. Like most mining camps, it experienced a typical boom-to-bust cycle, and by 1882, Gold Point was clearly on its way to becoming just another abandoned ghost town.
The Bawl Mill • Ask the Experts—Why doesn't the 1872 Mining Law apply to all 50 states? • Ask The Experts—Where do I find information about getting paid for raw gold? • Understanding Geologic Deposit Models • The Lost Silver Triangle of the Sierra Madre—Part II • Avino’s Durango Project • Success With A Detector • Horsetail Gold • The Makorakoza of Zimbabwe—Centuries of Prospecting in Gold-Hosting Dolerites • Melman on Gold & Silver • Mining Stock Quotes and Mineral & Metal Prices