Wednesday, March 12, 2008

More Sources for Finding Gold

Finding a piece of gold like this beauty from California is the dream of every gold prospector I have every talked with. Learn about some of the resources you have available to help you find your own mother lode.

I am having a hard time believing it is March 12th!

Nobody is watching gold right now with the DOW going up, but gold is also back on the upswing. Many were hoping it would reach the magic $1000 mark early last week, however, it fooled most people and reversed course a bit.

As promised, I am continuing my article on research sources to help you in your search for gold. Friday we talked about local sources of information in your libraries and newspapers, and the people who are affiliated with your local prospecting clubs. Another source of information can be found in the official reports done by the USGS geologists and mining engineers sent into the field in the 1800’s to collect data about mineral deposits, along with other information needed by government agencies. Many of these old reports are still available from the USGS (United States Geological Survey).

The USGS also has a couple of databases you might find interesting in your search for gold. One is the Mineral Resources Data System (MRDS) and the other the Mineral Availability System (MAS). The first database contains mineral occurrences as well mine sites for industrial mineral and metallic mine sites that are known worldwide, and can be a source of information to obscure deposits often never mentioned anywhere else. However, the quality of some of this information may be in question, so you still need to do your prospecting on any information you might obtain. Some of this information may simply point you in the right direction, but values may not be enough or in a form that is practical to mine. Also, some of the coordinates may be off the mark, and are more in a general area than pinpointed, with a few off by more than a mile, and should be used in conjunction with other resources for a better overall picture. We’ll talk some more about sources to help you find gold in the next blog.

OOPS! When I read this post, I realized I had NOT talked about your local resources before, so I will include that in the next posting.

Good Prospecting to You,
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