Using Rock Formations to Your Advantage
June 2005 by Jim StraightOver the past twenty or more years, the traditional “seat of the pants” science of using mineral identification tables as a means to identify common ore minerals, their associated rock-forming minerals and rocks, has slowly become a lost art.
Mining is coming back to Leadville, at least in spirit.
It was round and I thought it was a dirty piece of lead shot, but after feeling the weight and giving it a spit-cleaning I knew I had one! Small as the nugget was, I felt happy and gratified for my little success
My girlfriend Beth and I decided to take our canoe down the Yukon and do some gold dredging...
The whole purpose of sampling mineralized ground is to measure the values in a small volume of material that would be representative of a much larger volume of similar material. The key word is representative. Chemical and fire assaying will not accurately represent placer deposits by themselves.
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The widespread gold and base metal mineralization supports that many significant lode deposits remain to be discovered.
Bill and the geologist lost interest and as far as I know, nothing more was done to locate the deposit.
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