Thursday, April 14, 2011

Finding GOLD

Currently I am finishing my latest book on gold - the 4th draft is almost complete (April 14th, 2011) and when finished, it will be sent to the publisher (watch for it on Amazon). The Working title for this book is "GOLD, Field Guide for Prospectors and Geologists".

Remember, this is a working title and it could be modified by time it is release. The book will point you to hundreds of gold anomalies and deposits: many have been overlooked by past prospectors, miners and companies. As an example, in 1981 (and over the next few years), I was the first to recognize the Rattlesnake Hills gold district and its potential for significant gold and identified dozens of gold anomalies in the district. For the next several years, while working at the Wyoming Geological Survey, I told company after company and geologist after geologist and presented numerous talks and lectures on this district, but it took years before anyone really dug into its potential. Now, Evolving Gold has discovered a major Cripple Creek-type gold deposit at depth in this region following up on previous exploration by American Copper and Nickel, Canyon Resources, Bald Mountain Mining and Newmont Gold. Part of my job at the WGS was to conduct research on mineral deposits and then try to attract mining companies to the state to increase the State's revenue. A potential multi-million ounce gold deposit in the Rattlesnake Hills will provide many attractive high-paying jobs as well as severance taxes, employment taxes etc. So I did my job well.

At about the same time, I found more than a dozen samples of quartz with visible gold in the Seminoe Mountains and started a modern day gold rush. I also later recovered samples of metamorphosed basalt, komatiite and banded iron formation with anomalous gold in this very interesting greenstone belt. The geology of this belt is fascinating and very unusual and rare volcanic rocks that are found in some of the more important greenstone belts in Australia, southern Africa, Canada were identified in this are by Terry Klein of the USGS. The Seminoe Mountains contain a large altered zone with gold mineralization that surrounds the places were I found gold - yet this very good gold target remains essentially unexplored to this day!