The Verde Copper-Gold-Silver-Zinc District, Jerome, Arizona
October 2012 by W. Dan HauselWhen I was a student in the College of Mines at the University of Utah, the Verde district was used as an exploration model for “submarine volcanogenic massive sulfide deposits.” So I looked forward to visiting this district and the town of Jerome in central Arizona in the spring of 2012.
If developed with metal detecting in mind, this virgin ground could be a bonanza for nugget hunting.
The periodic exploration efforts for nickel during periods of high prices have been sporadic and incomplete. There is a role for the prospector and geologist in searching laterites potentially rich in nickel and mafic igneous bodies that may be rich in nickel.
While a large number of locations have yielded some placer gold, most of the state’s placer production has come from a few productive districts.
...this county contained some of the richest placer ground found in all of California and still produces some pretty impressive finds to this day.
Gold in clastic black shale
There are a load of ways to do research, and I’m going to talk about how I do it—maybe you’ll get some ideas that will work for you, too.
Epithermal deposits form in the ground at shallow depths. They are popular with prospectors because can yield very rich deposits and they are widespread in the Western US.
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