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Gold bearing Rock identification

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Any help here would be great. I live in Sacramento, CA. not far from the Mother Load.

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There is loads of good data available via the web. All I did was enter

"Gold bearing Rock identification" in Google and got quite a number of good sites

to review:

http://www.geologynet.com/gpros.htm

http://geology.about.com/library/bl/images/blmineralindex.htm

http://nevada-outback-gems.com/prospect/gold_specimen/Gold_ores.htm

There are many, many more links that you could read through. FWIW, if I

have learned one thing in life it is that research pays off...

Read, study, then go out in the field and practice what you've learned; then go back

and study some more. Basically, if someone just tells me the answer to a question

I have learned only the information I specifically asked about. If I go dig out the

answer myself, I get the benefit of all that other information that gets read through

while searching for the answer to the original question.

Mike

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Basically gold will be found in/near it's quartz matrix..the country rock enclosing the quartz may be slate,schist,greenstone,porphry,granodiorite and others depending where your at.Get the mines and minerals report for your county of interest and a very good starter book is Handbook for prospectors by Pearl/or older editions by VonBernewitz which can be bought on the internet in varying prices or loaned/looked at in local libraies.The state library in Sacramento has everything.Field work is your biggest teacher.I'm in Calaveras County just down from you in the motherlode.

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Basically gold will be found in/near it's quartz matrix..the country rock enclosing the quartz may be slate,schist,greenstone,porphry,granodiorite and others depending where your at.Get the mines and minerals report for your county of interest and a very good starter book is Handbook for prospectors by Pearl/or older editions by VonBernewitz which can be bought on the internet in varying prices or loaned/looked at in local libraies.The state library in Sacramento has everything.Field work is your biggest teacher.I'm in Calaveras County just down from you in the motherlode.

Thank you,

Chris

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If I were to suggest one book to start with it is Fist Full of Gold by our very own Chris Ralf. Check to see if Bill sells them..

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If I were to suggest one book to start with it is Fist Full of Gold by our very own Chris Ralf. Check to see if Bill sells them..

Hi Steve,

I don't sell books much anymore for the most part or I would indeed have it. The book business was a pain with today's shipping costs...

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If I were to suggest one book to start with it is Fist Full of Gold by our very own Chris Ralf. Check to see if Bill sells them..

I'll second that. :wubu:

No offense to Chris... even though I've read the entire book, every morning when I go to the crapper I take his book and pour through things that specifically apply to my operation. I continually pick up pieces of wisdom here and there that eventually sink in and can be applied out in the field. I also suggest a subscription to the Prospecting and Mining Journal. There is a wealth of information to be had from there too.

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I'll second that. :wubu:

... every morning when I go to the crapper I take his book and pour through things that specifically apply to my operation.

Is there a section in that book on those types of operations?

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I can also add my recommendation for the book Fists Full of Gold.

I also keep mine in the throne room and find something new every time I pick it up.

Paul

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