Sandstone Silver in Texas
November 2002 by Edgar B. Heylmun, PhDSandstone silver deposits are found at several places near Van Horn, West Texas. The region is in the Basin Range province, which is characterized by low mountain ranges separated by broad desert valleys. Most of the region receives less than 10 inches of rain per year, barely enough to support scrubby desert vegetation. Van Horn (Pop. 3,000) is 121 miles, by highway, east of El Paso.
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We panned out maybe three gold pans of the material and we were shocked at the gold that was there. This rock appeared to be rich.
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The problem is every other nugget hunter and drywash prospector had the same idea. As a result, you can spend days, weeks, and even months detecting these areas and not find a single nugget.
This was “pocket” country. All around were “pockets” that had been hand dug by old and new miners.
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