Saturday, February 13, 2016

Gold-Bearing Veins (Conclusion)

 (There's visible gold in this vein material.)

In this post I'll be talking about how gold forms in vein material, among other things. Hopefully, the material I'm presenting will add to your existing mining and prospecting knowledge...always a good thing.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Gold-Bearing Veins (Part 3)

 (Carbonaceous phyllite gold ore being removed in Alaska. Note the outcrop in the upper right of the photo.)

I want to spend just a bit more time in this post on carbonates and gold veins, and to that end I'll be adding some comments and information on the subject from Tom V., a Bedrock Dreams reader and supporter. I think you'll find what Tom has to say quite interesting.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Gold-Bearing Veins (Part 2)

 (A beautiful specimen of calcite containing iron pyrite. Remember, calcite can be a crystallization "carrier" of gold.)

In this post I'll be continuing with my discussion of gold-bearing veins with an emphasis on carbonates. There's always something new to learn when it comes to gold mining (small-scale or otherwise), so please read on.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Gold-Bearing Veins (Part 1)

 (Area in red shows the presence of sulfides in a crystalline carrier sandwiched between the host rock.)

Now that I've gotten the previous post's core message off my chest, it's time to move forward once again. You know, the information contained in Bedrock Dreams tends to slant toward the placer side of small-scale gold mining but in this series of posts I want to bring a few things forward about gold-bearing veins.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Don't Think for a Minute I Don't Know Gold

 (Some rocks are...well...just rocks.)

Over the past few weeks I've received a spate of e-mails with accompanying digital photographs from folks who either have never seen gold in it's natural state or who know better but are probably trying to pull a fast one. Whatever the case, I mean no slight to anyone who has e-mailed me in this regard unless their hearts weren't in the right place...something I strongly suspect in one particular case.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Some Gold Mining Stats That Tell the Tale


For the most part, statistics make for pretty dry fare. In fact, way back in the olden days when I was in college we students used to call our basic statistics course "Sadistics 101." This said, I have a few mining-related statistics to pass along to you in this post, along with a few other items...including a rant or two.