Serpentine in California
May 2000 by Edgar B. Heylmun, PhDSerpentine, as used in this article, is both a rock and a mineral. The rock should be termed "serpentinite," but the word "serpentine" is in common usage for both the rock and mineral.
Because tungsten minerals are heavy, exploration can be done using stream sediment samples. Prospectors looking for gold have found scheelite or wolframite in their placer concentrates, and in some cases this has led them to make important tungsten finds.
The agency said managers “showed a disregard for the miners’ welfare” and acted with “more than ordinary negligence” before the victim fell through a sinkhole while operating a large loader about 200 feet below the entrance of the mine.
The Senator’s office was very receptive to the small miner’s plight and was unaware of the dire problems created by the over-regulation of small-scale mining from so many different fronts. It was pointed out that S 145 may help the large mining companies a little, but falls woefully short in addressing the needs of small operators who make up 85% of domestic mines.
Before heading out to work the same old ground, or blindly seeking a previously unknown gold placer area to drywash or detect, maybe you would benefit from doing a little research.
There is a unique anticipation that comes with waking in gold country. The long early morning rays bring warmth after a cold night. Restless nights allow thoughts of gold hidden in the ground for too long.
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