The Silver, Gold and Gemstones of Candelaria, Nevada
February 2015 by Chris RalphThe Candelaria area is of interest to prospectors not just for silver, gold and other metals, but also for the beautiful gemstones found there.
...I decided to excavate the semi-frozen high-bank that was resting on a soft shale bedrock footing. Within three feet, I encountered an intrusive!
The specific gravity of chalcedony is 2.58 to 2.64. This is slightly lower than coarsely crystalline quartz because of slight porosity in chalcedony. Being so light, it will easily wash out of a gold pan.
…if you are game for digging in and learning more about the intricate details of how gold deposits form, then let’s jump right in.
Gold is a fairly widespread mineral in the Italian Alps and in the Northern Apennines. It is found both in primary mineralization and in past and recent floods.
Even though these were some of the earliest placer deposits to be worked, there is still plenty of gold left today—it just takes more work to recover. Knowing about the old locations where gold has been found is the first step to success.
...the area around Eureka, Nevada is well mineralized and seems to have a bright potential for future production of all sorts of metals.
The hair stood up on the back of my neck when I saw this, especially the nice patches of wash in the bottoms of the gullies, a sure sign of an auriferous source being nearby.
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