The Goldfield Mining District -- Then and Now
March 2017 by W. Dan HauselIn 1983, some of the ore yielded more than 2,500 ounces of gold within 30 feet of the surface. The shoot pinched to a narrow vein.
We import nearly all of our REEs from China, so it’s critical that we find and continue to develop domestic resources of these elements.
Only the famous Kennecott copper mine was able to continue operating through the Depression owing to the exceptional richness of its ore.
This mine was a real wonder of engineering, and the water supply and drifts had to be carefully managed to keep it in operation. In fact, it didn’t close due to lack of gold, but instead closed with the fall of the Roman Empire.
The Wyoming State Geological Survey announced ten new geologic maps have been completed and are now available.
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.
...I would bet considerably more lode gold and silver remains to be found in this area, and there are possibilities for small placers and nugget shooting.
The other opportunity that I see is in seeking unusual types of deposits. Specifically, the prospector would be searching for the stuff no one (or almost no one) is searching for. These deposits are effectively hiding in plain view.
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