This past fall, I was working on a gold project near Cheyenne, Wyoming and met two old friends for dinner. One had an affection for green minerals and rocks, so I thought I would tell you a little about some green rocks in my back yard. One specimen has a lot of lumps and kind
Little was known about gold in Wyoming, thus I set out to map, evaluate & find more. I discovered gold everywhere I looked. I was amazed at how much had been overlooked. I published compendiums that are used by prospectors & geologists & mapped several mining districts that were previously unmapped or only partially mapped.
During 30 years at the WGS, I found hundreds of deposits. How did I do this? I used geology as a guide; I looked at things differently and was motivated to look and search for mineral deposits. While conducting reconnaissance, I discovered jasper in several old mines at Tin Cup, in an outcrop near the
A rockhound from Riverton mentioned opal south of town. The Cedar Ridge deposit lies along the highway & is cut by numerous oil field roads, no one had recognized that this place had one of the largest opal deposits on earth! A few old geological reports from 50 years ago briefly mentioned opal, so I
In 1997, I decided to search the Leucite Hills in western Wyoming for diamonds (see photo at left). I didn’t find diamonds, but mark my words – “DIAMONDS WILL BE FOUND HERE”. This is an easy prediction to make based on geology. The Leucite Hills consist of several lamproite volcanoes & flows that erupted 900,000