The Ups and Downs of Geologic Faults
May 2011 by Chris RalphFaults are fractures, breaks and broken zones in the Earth’s crust where one side of the break has moved relative to the other, and they come in many different varieties.
In 1967, a local resident showed me a pouch of small gold nuggets and flakes. Several years later I asked the same person where that gold was found. He responded, “From the streambed below the old stamp mill at Apex.”
I’ve been taking a look at the mining and uses of a number of critical metals in series of articles, and it’s time to take a look at antimony.
…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.
Trinity County is located in the far northwest corner of California and stirs up many different memories for those who have been there.
The areas that were mineralized with the bedded ore were huge and vast tonnages were indicated, although they had no idea at the time.
For a time uranium was more popular with prospectors than gold, but this is no longer true, and it has been decades since it was common to see individuals armed with Geiger counters out in the field.
It seemed that the preacher always gave the same answer to anyone who asked where his gold had come from. His answer was, “If you know your gold, you can find it. However, you will have to find it the hard way, the way I found it.”
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