The Juneau Goldfields
February 2008 by Ron WendtThe first time I flew into the Juneau area in southeastern Alaska, I was about 5 years old. I recall it was raining and the clouds hung low over the tall mountains. I was sure we’d crash and couldn’t see how the...
Q: I would like to know the following on the metal nickel:
• Where is it mined?
• Why is the unit price so large—is this for a metric ton?
In Wyoming, garnets are often common where aluminum-rich (micaceous) rocks have been highly metamorphosed. Such rocks are recognized by abundant black (biotite), silver (muscovite), or green (chlorite) mica with periodic grains of red garnet.
There’s gold in that thar sea floor. Silver, copper, zinc and lead, too. The problem is, it’s a mile or two underwater and encased in massive mineral deposits that layer a dark, mysterious world.
How do mines and refiners deal with doré bars?
Because waiting for spring seemed to be taking forever, my 15-year-old granddaughter Grace and I decided to pan for gold sooner. The thought was…even if we did not find any gold, we would set a new record for absurdity—gold panning in the coldest weather!
When everything is still dry, one of my favorite methods of prospecting is using a straw to blow out small cracks and crevices that dot the exposed bedrock along a stream.
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