The Plumas Eureka District
October 2006 by Chris RalphDuring any great gold rush, tales of fantastic finds abound—some are real and some are not. In the mother lode country of California, in the fall of 1850, there were a lot of fantastic finds and probably the wildest tale of that time was the story of a lake surrounded...
The Steeple Rock Mining District is located in the northwest-trending Summit Mountains of southwest New Mexico, at an average elevation of 5,200 feet. The highest point in the mountains is Vanderbilt Peak, which rises to an elevation of 6,773 feet. The mountains receive about 12 inches of precipitation a year in the form of rain and occasional winter snow.
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.
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After a while I got a very nice signal and out came a sweet kidney-shaped bit of gold weighing about three grams.
Wayne Sutherland, a metals, gemstones and economic geology specialist with the Wyoming State Geological Survey, said the initial exploration samples were significant.
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