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Tuesday, November 03, 2020

Silver Mines Throughout History

For your information. This is my latest article. I love Arizona and I love reading about its history. I think it is a good read.  https://hubpages.com/education/A-Brief-History-of-Arizona-Silver-Mining

Thursday, August 27, 2020

The faces of Gold Ore - FYI Calaverite

 this is my latest article on gold ore. There are a few true ores of gold that yield some gold, but most gold is still native. Checkout where 3 popular ores are found.


Saturday, March 07, 2020

Gold, and Too Much Excitement

Here is a tale about a guy who got a bit too excited on finding a tiny nugget of gold.

I was prospecting a club claim near Rye, Arizona. I had dug about 12 inches down and came into some heavy black sand. While panning down to the heaviest sand I saw a small pebble-sized piece of quartz. It was very translucent. Picking it out of the pan and looking at it, the sun just hit it at the right angle and I got a terrible flash to the eye. Then I saw a tiny pin point bit of gold in a bit of a crack in the quartz.

On further examination it became clear that there might be more gold in that crack. I waved over it with my metal detector and by golly it went off registering gold. This was the first gold I had ever found in quartz.

I went back to the camp ground to show my wife. After she acknowledged that she could see that tiny speck of gold, I decided to sit down and pass the time at camp. But then I realized something.

If I had found a quartz chip with gold at only 6 inches, I should go back and pan that area. Strange how excitement can interfere with your thought processes.

After panning down to 2 feet and a bit of the adjacent area, I wound up finding some small placer.

So here is the moral of the story, if you find a small chip, don't abandon ship!

"Don't you long for something different to happen, something so exciting and new it carries you along with it like a great tide" - Juliet Marillier, Son of the Shadows

Monday, January 13, 2020

Deep Sea Mining. Is It Another 49er Gold Rush?

For decades the scientific community has known about undersea commodities. The demand recently from China and other advanced economies has brought new interest in under ocean deposits. Zinc, gold, and copper are just some of the metals waiting to be excavated. A handful of companies are ready to begin mining sometime in one to five years.
As the minerals come out of thermal vents, the sea water cools the gas and dust resulting in the precious metals being deposited on the ocean floor. Robotic skimmers are being developed that will scoop off the material and send it back to shore or another ship for processing.
Read this fascinating story of sunken treasure!

Sunday, November 24, 2019

Feces May Be A Gold Mine!

Here is my latest article on mining human poop at water management plants and other places too. Check it out! https://owlcation.com/stem/Mining-Human-Poop-for-Gold

Gold's Biggest Gain Yearly Since 2010

"Gold, which is used as a safe investment during times of
economic and political crisis, has gained more than 14% so far
this year, on track for its biggest yearly gain since 2010."

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Recirculating Highbanker Sluices and Auto Sluices for Fines

Just a quick FYI. I just finished an article about highbankers and the recirculating sluice. They are marvelous inventions giving many recreational gold prospectors an edge. Try reading https://hubpages.com/education/The-Highbanker-An-Automatic-Power-Sluice

Saturday, August 31, 2019

New Scottish Gold Mine?

Tyndrum, a scottish village, may lie above n old gold mine last worked in the '80s. As it has become environmentally more sound, it may prove to be a tourist attraction as well.

Scotgold Resources will be developing the site. British authorities will have to approve their plan. The developer has stored precious metal outside the mine.

Called the Coronish gold mine, the 2017 proposal must be approved also by National Park Authority customary planning procedures.

The inside of the mine is outstanding – view the photos.

Thursday, May 09, 2019

Niche Sites for Gold Prospecting and Treasure Tales

Almost all of my gold prospecting and gold treasure articles are on a new website. Here are links to all of the HubPro articles to date.