The Long Road to Gold Point, Nevada
September 2013 by Bill RichApart from the hard rock mines, there are abundant gold-bearing placers, especially in the areas in and around Oriental Wash.
The Beatty Mining District in south-central Nevada has been one of the most productive Mining Districts in the state, producing millions of ounces of gold together with silver, fluorite, mercury and other valuable minerals.
I couldn’t wait to get started. With no field budget, an assay budget of $100/year, a 1975-Ford Bronco that was a road hazard, a gas card, a topo map and full support of the director, I headed to the State Line district near Tie Siding along US Highway 287 to begin mapping kimberlite.
I suspect detailed geological mapping and prospecting would lead to discovery of one or more overlooked gold deposits in the district even though it has been heavily prospected in the past.
Q: Is there a correlation between fault zones and mineralization of economic metals?
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.
The biggest obstacle is that like many streams on the Kenai Peninsula, high water during the summer months from snow melt and rain can make dredging nearly impossible. The best dredging is in the colder months of the year.
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