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.
There were some exceptional times in the far-flung history of the West. Rich finds of minerals that set men’s souls ablaze. From the rich gold fields of California, men who arrived too late to find riches went searching in every direction. The trail that we will follow leads east, past the shining silver district of the Comstock Lode.
Let’s examine why your placer gold looks the way it does and what you can tell about its journey based upon its appearance.
For the prospector, knowing what oxidized hydrothermal alteration looks like in the field is an important exploration tool.
Gold, on the other hand, is super rare, and is one of the rarest elements in the earth’s crust. It averages only 0.000004 percent of the earth’s surface. That is four parts in a billion.
...if you are out prospecting and find something that looks very much like a nugget but has an odd greenish-gray cast to it, don’t be too quick to simply toss it aside as junk.
The Gold Rush in California called hundreds of thousands of souls to leave their homes to journey to the the far reaches of the West. At first the rich goldfields of the Sierra Nevada beckoned to these adventurous pioneers.
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