|The iron stained (gossan) at the Vulture gold mine, Arizona. Learn what|
you can about veins and how to follow them if you want to find gold.
|Gold nuggets from Arizona|
Atlantic City Mercantile to ask directions. Barbara sat down with the unsuspecting visitor and tried to sell him a gold mine until he told her that he and his son actually owned the Mary Ellen mine.
One way to learn about gold is to read some good gold prospecting books. Then find a gold district near your town you can visit (don't buy and jars of gold) and get out on some mine dumps and start examining the area around the old mines. Look for any lineaments such as narrow quartz veins running towards the old mine dump you are standing on and walk along this vein. If there area lots of prospects on the vein, this start looking at the vein and learn all you can. See if you can follow the vein for a few hundred feet, a few thousand feet.
(2) Learn what gold looks like. This is important. Visit museums, look at photographs in books and on the Internet. Usually, the only thing that can be mistaken for gold is pyrite and mica and most mistaken mica for gold - like Barbara's friend at the Atlantic City mercantile. Years ago, I wrote an article for the ICMJ about some prospector living in Centennial Wyoming who had been jumping someone else's mining claim on the Middle Fork of the Little Laramie River all winter long. His name may have been 'John', but he used three different aliases when talking to me. Anyway, he mined all winter long using snow shoes to get to the claim and recover all of the gold he could, without being discovered. He told me he had a few barrels filled with the gold in his single wide trailer at Centennial, and finally brought in a couple of Ball jars filled with the material to verify his riches. You could see the disappointment when I told him he had some high-quality plant soil, but no gold.
|Visible gold in quartz and hematite, Carissa Mine, South Pass|
|Gossan stained fault (shear zone) cut by the Giant King gold|
mine in California. Gossans and faults like these should be
|Giant King gold mine, CA. Note the iron stained (gossan) in the blue serpentinite. Some serpentinites have gold, some platinum and palladium, some will have nickel, and in California, some may have gemstones of benitoite or sapphire.|
|The Superstition Mountains - home to the 'lost. Dutchman gold mine.|