History & Geology
A few months later, a young, greenhorn lawyer agreed to pay to have it assayed, and the quartz turned out to be rich in both gold and silver.
The small-scale miner has reasonable opportunity to exploit some of these small, rich placer gold deposits.
The more experienced prospectors know these lesser known spots are the types of places where big finds are still made.
…let’s dive in and take a closer look at these rich gold and silver-bearing minerals to find out what they are, where they form, and how to identify them.
For the prospector, knowing what oxidized hydrothermal alteration looks like in the field is an important exploration tool.
Polymetallic skarn deposits are an interesting class of deposits that can contain a number of different types of metals.
Every time we prospected here we found gold, sometimes some really coarse flakes, but no large nuggets (yet).
We descended hunched over, down a long, steep, wooden staircase to the 1,000-level.
Many of the Sixteen to One’s challenges arise from its unusual geology and the pocket characteristics of the ore deposits.
Palladium may well be an underexplored element and therefore an opportunity for prospectors and geologists. This is because they are often less than obvious and other than the native metals, a chemical analysis of samples is required to identify PGM-enriched rocks.
Gold can potentially be found in all the glaciated areas of the Midwest, but to find it in any appreciable amount one needs to look to areas where the gold gets concentrated by more recent water flows.
Bodie, California, in its heyday, was once rumored to be one of the roughest and most lawless towns in the American West.
Silver Peak is a small mining community in Esmeralda County in west-central Nevada, about 30 miles west of Goldfield. Although it’s fairly remote, it’s been an important mining center since the early days.
The Oatman/San Francisco Mining District’s historic gold production of 2.2 million ounces of gold since the 1880s makes this area Arizona’s greatest primary gold producing district.