|Posted by Dan Hausel on April 12, 2012 at 1:40 PM|
Anyone who knows anything about Wyoming’s geology, minerals, rocks and gemstones will be familiar with Dan Hausel. For three decades he searched the hills of Wyoming taking a territory of little interest to a State now considered to have the greatest diversity of gemstones, minerals, and rocks in the US. Using an intricate understanding of geology, Dan mapped nearly 700 square miles of rock exposure and old mines and found dozens of new mineral deposits and some minerals and rocks previously unknown to the Cowboy State. Some of these included diamonds, gold, water sapphire, sapphire, ruby, gem garnets, gem diopside, fire opal, precious opal, many varieties of agate and jasper and other minerals. As a geological consultant, he searched elsewhere in North America for gold, gems and rocks including two of the largest gold deposits in the US and at least one of the largest gemstone deposits in the world.
An author of hundreds of professional papers, articles, geological maps and contributor to more than 90 books, Hausel has also contributed popular articles for ICMJ’s Prospecting and Mining Journal and Lost Treasure and continues to provide prospecting hints on his GemHunter website. Some popular books include Gold: Field Guide For Prospectors and Geologists, Gems, Minerals and Rocks of Wyoming: Guide for Rock Hounds, Prospectors and Collectors, Diamond Deposits: Origin, Exploration and History of Discovery, Gemstones and other Unique Minerals and Rocks of Wyoming: A field guide for Collectors, Geology of Wyoming’s Precious Metal Lode and Placer Deposits and Minerals and Rocks of Wyoming.
A popular speaker for rock hound and geological groups, Dan was a Distinguished Speaker for the University of Wyoming Department of Geology and Geophysics and presented more than 400 talks and field trips throughout the US. For his work, he was presented dozens of regional, national and international awards including the Education Award when inducted into the National Rockhound and Lapidary Hall of Fame and the coveted Thayer Lindsley Award for a Major International Mineral Discovery.
As a graduate student at the University of Utah, Hausel worked on lunar samples for part of his research. Later he was employed by the Wyoming Geological Survey and worked a consultant for several mining companies including VP of US Exploration for DiamonEx Ltd. He lives in Gilbert, Arizona where he continues to explore for his next major mineral discovery.
• GOLD Field Guide for Prospectors & Geologists, 2011, Booksurge, 366 p., ISBN 10 1463692625
• Gems, Minerals and Rocks of Wyoming: Guide for Rock Hounds, Prospectors and Collectors, 2009, CreateSpace, 175 p, ISBN 10 1439218560
• Diamond Deposits: Origin, Exploration and History of Discovery, 2002, Society of Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration, 374 p., ISBN 10-0873352130.
• Gemstones and other Unique Minerals and Rocks of Wyoming: A field guide for Collectors, 2000, Wyoming Geological Survey, 267 p., ISBN 1-884589154
• Geology of Wyoming’s Precious Metal Lode and Placer Deposits, 1989, Wyoming Geological Survey, 249 p., LC89621694.
• Minerals and Rocks of Wyoming (2nd edition), 2005, Wyoming Geological Survey, 129 p., ISBN 1-8844589405.
• Copper, Lead, Zinc, Molybdenum and Associated Metal Deposits of Wyoming, 1997, Wyoming Geological Survey, 220 p., OL19142026M.
• Gold Districts of Wyoming: 1980, Wyoming Geological Survey, 71 p., LC QE181.A26.
• Diamonds and Mantle Source Rocks in the Wyoming Craton: With a Discussion of Other US Occurrences, 93 p., Wyoming Geological Survey, QE181 .H38.