A Passion For Gold: An Autobiography by Ralph J. Roberts

By Ralph J. Roberts

Ralph Roberts's isn't really a family identify in Nevada, however it should still be-it used to be he who chanced on the Carlin Belt gold deposits that created an incredible mining growth within the kingdom within the final 4 a long time of the 20 th century. yet this discovery was once just one episode of his remarkably eventful lifestyles. a fondness for Gold is Roberts's account of that lifestyles, a narrative as colourful and adventurous as that of any fictional hero. Roberts's engagingly advised autobiography strains his existence from its beginnings in jap Washington kingdom to his reputation as a world-renowned geologist, skillfully alternating own studies with the improvement of his knowing of the constitution of Nevada's geology and the forces that formed it. His fascination with ore-bearing minerals ended in a protracted and efficient occupation with the U.S. Geologic Survey, which took him to prolonged postings in primary the United States and later to Saudi Arabia, the place he used to be instrumental within the redevelopment of the traditional gold mines at Mahd adh Dhahab, in all probability the positioning of the biblical Ophir. yet he lower back many times to Nevada, intrigued via its geological complexity and the valuable minerals that lay hidden underneath its convoluted surfaces, and was once inquisitive about the improvement of many of the state's most vital gold-mining components. Roberts's account conveys his abiding enthusiasm for the methods of geology, and his desirable textual content permits his reader to percentage and remember the fact that enthusiasm. His tale is that of a geologist of surprising astuteness, a guy whose expert successes have been simply a part of a lifestyles marked through devotion to relatives and an unremitting interest in regards to the international and other people round him.

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Initially, the solutions were slightly acidic; calcareous rocks, such as limestone and dolomite, neutralized the acidic solutions, precipitating the gold and associated metals. Block faulting and accompanying volcanism occurred through the Cenozoic era and still continue today. Frequent earthquakes in many areas of Nevada provide eloquent testimony that crustal adjustments are still in progress (see fig. 6). The principal period for gold formation was from forty-two to thirty-seven million years ago, although both younger and older deposits are known.

Gold nuggets from Calder placer, Willow Creek, East Range, about forty-five miles southwest of Winnemucca. The dark gangue mineral is quartz. Courtesy of Lois Calder Baum. glimpses of spectacular formations folded into complex structural forms. They reminded me of photographs and drawings of the Alps I had seen in textbooks. Like Alice in Wonderland, my curiosity was aroused, and before I knew it, I had fallen down the rabbit hole, never once considering how in the world I was to get out again.

It contained a major copper-gold deposit at Copper Canyon. Thus, analysis of the geology of the range yielded critical elements to our understanding of the geologic framework of north-central Nevada. Antler Peak Antler Peak stands proudly above the eastern ridges of Battle Mountain Range and is visible from Galena, the site of rich silver mines of the late 1800s. No one knows how Antler Peak got its name. I have wondered if it might have been named for the upward cant of the limestone that forms it or possibly for the many deer antlers found on its slopes.

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