I use to spend time with rock hounds & prospectors in the field and often camped under the stars while mapping mining districts, mines, greenstone belts, kimberlite (diamond deposits) and lamproites & searched for new mineral deposits. For me, working as a research geologist was a dream come true.
Prior to graduating from college, I had a fear of talking in public. So, I applied for a job as a tour guide and later as an Astronomy Lecturer for a major planetarium. And I was hired, so I had to learn to talk to people every day about astronomy & geology. Years later, I was employed by the Wyoming Geological Survey at the University of Wyoming and volunteered to talk to professional organizations, prospecting groups and general interest forums & traveled all over North America presenting >400 talks, field trips, and prospecting clinics (many on my own time).
At first, I would practice for hours and days before getting up in front of the public. Finally, the day arrived when I could just get up and talk without my knees shaking and with little to no preparation - I loved to lecture to groups about minerals and prospecting. I was awarded by induction into two Halls-of-Fame and nominated for a third. I received nearly 100 awards & international recognizition as a researcher and communicator & wrote & published nearly 1,000 books, professional papers, general interest articles, geological maps and abstracts. I was awarded local and national awards for public speaking and research including the American Association of Petroleum Geologists President's Certificate, Distinguished Speaker by the Laramie Lycem, Distinguished Lecturer by the University of Wyoming Department of Geology and Geophysics, the Wyoming Geological Association's Distinguished Service Award and several others.
I had a great time working for two people - Dr. Daniel N. Miller, Jr. (RIP) and Gary B. Glass. Miller gave me the opportunity to work at the Survey and to research diamond and gold deposits. He and another director (Gary Glass) often told me that the public was our most important client and I was often complimented for going way beyond what was necessary to keep the public informed.
Unlike Obama, Pelosi, Reed and others, I'm God-fearing and love our country. I work for a living: not only for government, but also as a consultant, VP of Exploration or US Exploration Manager for companies that have included DiamonEx, Endurance Gold, Black Range Minerals, Teras Gold, Ice Resources, Western Archon, MK Gold, Echo Bay Mines, North American Exploration, Bald Mountain Mining, A & E Resources, Fowler Resources, Chevron Resources, WestGold, Twin Buttes Mining, Warnock Resources, Sachem Resources, Giant King Mines, and Strathmore Resources. I took annual leave to work for some of these companies - others I worked for after I left the WGS.
It has been an honor to assist & work with so many wonderful people. I thank all of you who gave me purpose and for those sent me positive feed back - you are the primary reason why I developed this website.
Here are some of e-letters I have received:
Hello...I am a 48 year old male and work for a ranch that sits on the west side of the Seminoe mountains and Bradley Peak....first off I’d like to say thank you for getting me into geology. I first got interested about two years ago when I found your website. I have a lot of your books including your GOLD book which I read and use all the time....I think I’m inbetween people that are treasure hunters and people interested in what the rocks are trying to tell. Yes id love to find that gold deposit i can work...or those diamonds or a few other gems to improve my lot in life and my family’s...but i also am very curious as to what certain rocks are trying to tell me.
I am very much a rookie though...yet have learned so much from your books as well as other geology books i have purchased. in the last couple years i have learned much about the Seminoes and Bradley peak...been to lots of the old mines such as junk hill and others in your books...tried to get access to the Penn mines through Millers but they say they don’t let people up there in general. i would like to discuss anything you would want to about this area...i am interested what you think about the west side of Bradley where it’s so sheared...and if anything could be found in that area...and i would love to find one of those paleoplacers on the Miracle Mile side...i have looked quite a bit for those in the winter when accessible as i get more time off in winter and less in summer. Thanks again
Danny F., Casper, WY
I don’t know you but you have the best information on any kind of mineral or gemstone: very exciting and entertaining to me. Love the work you`ve done. I read in one publication you were going to do some prospecting in Utah? Just wondering how that turned out? Bet if you found anything, the area would be closed by the government, and put in a study or wilderness lands act. – Larry G (Utah)
As a rookie prospector looking to learn, I have to say your site is of the highest quality that I have come across to date ... packed with information an excellent place for people to start researching . two thumbs up ...... Seth R. (Canada)
Hi Dan, I live in the Grand Junction, CO area and have been very inspired by your website, books and papers. I must say your experience and knowledge in the field of gemstone geology is astounding and I have been thrilled and transfixed by your writings. Your extreme generosity in sharing your knowledge with others in such clear and understandable terms is very commendable and rare. After reading about your discoveries, I think it would be impossible for anyone to not be excited about your discoveries relating to diamonds. I am anxiously planning exploratory trips in Wyoming, Colorado and even have a site in Utah in mind that I believe has good potential. I hope someday to meet you if for no other reason than to thank you in person. If you are ever in this area (GJ), PLEASE let me know ! Thank you! Craig S. (Colorado).
Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you for sharing your wealth of information. I have only just begun reading and already you have answered questions that I have carried around with me for decades. I live in the Oak Ridges Moraine of South-East Ontario Canada near Lake Ontario. Our land is covered in rocks pushed here by glaciers, which has covered lakes, ponds, streams... and many geological wonders. I have found many magnificent rocks. The rocks and fieldstones that most people don't give a second thought about are magically diverse in our area. I have much to learn. I am overwhelmed by your information at this time. I would like to write you again when I have something logical to say or ask. Thank you again. Janice S. (Canada)
Hello Sir, Thanks to you I finally found some gemstones! I really appreciate all that u do to help us clueless gem prospectors. Anyway I recovered over two hundred carats of garnet and chrome diopside from a single anthill and a one two-carat chrome from a foot adjacent to and about a foot deep in the ground. If I dig deeper do u think there may be even larger pieces? I have searched the web for info but I am broke so can't afford any literature on this matter. Thank you for your time and for helping me prove to my wife I’m not completely nuts for picking through anthills lol. Mike W., (Wyoming).
I am a prospector here in Montana, and I take my prospecting very seriously, I love it. I will be graduating in the next year from the U of Montana, and intend to become a full time prospector of gold and precious gems at that time. I very much appreciate the information I have found on the internet about the Gemhunter and Kyoju Hausel, and in the future I look forward to purchasing all the books and material I can afford. Presently I have invested four years of my life and about $30,000 in prospecting books and equipment with no end to how much time and money it will take me to become good at prospecting. I am also an artist, painter, potter, and photographer, and looking into stone cutting as a lapidary artist in my future. I should also state that I am a 61-year old Vietnam era Veteran in good health, originally a farmer born and raised in eastern South Dakota, good farm country. I love the soil, and the rocks. Thank you for the information you have provided me, I look forward to reading more about prospecting and rock hunting. Be safe, respectfully submitted, Arthur K. (Montana).
I have read your book ten times and that’s as far as my knowledge and I would like to be in the rock club. People are telling me I have this and that and I believe in qualified opinion: anyway they r beautiful and breathtaking, Thank you for giving me a life I am so glad I picked up your book. I keep going back to it. Thank you for your attention to this matter, Dawn R, (Wyoming)
Hi Dan, Wow you've got an impressive resume. I can't believe I hadn't heard of you before. I currently live in Salt Lake but I am originally from Price.
I've been looking at Kimberlites with Google Earth. Is there a way for some kind of clue to tell which ones may be diamondiferous? The green ones sure look pretty. If you have any information that you can share on locations for gold in Utah I've got my ears on. It sure is good to have run across you and your work and publications. Thanks Nick B, (Utah).
Thinking about you this Christmas. Due to your prolific web information, my wife and I had seen many places in Wyoming trying to discover gold, diamonds, etc., etc. We found a nice specked gold rock climbing out of the high wall area of the closed diamond mine (one step forward, two steps back), have some fairly nice but fragile garnet samples from the green rock highwall area. My wife poured out my samples from the Rattlesnake Hills that I'd crushed and run through a high banker beside the porch. Probably not much anyway. She'd also stacked all the opal pieces I'd brought back from Beaver Rim in a tub outside. We'll probably go back to the diamond mine area, bikes work so great there except carrying two sample buckets I couldn't stop and went through a barb wire fence (was going at a pretty good clip too, the wire just parted, didn't lose too much skin.).
Went over to the dredged area below Atlantic City. Noticing that the area below the mass grave has NOT been dredged. The area I'm most interested in though is the iolite from the Palmer Canyon area, (have to know how to read my gps better): Putting down a claim and actually working it for me are two very different things. The BLM is pretty adamant about not doing any mining if they can help it on their land, I can borrow heavy equipment from some plumber friends but doing anything major would be out of my league. Always fun though. I did find 600 lbs of copper water main stray pipe my first time out with a metal detector last year, dug it up and donated the funds to the school I teach at so we could buy xboxes for the kids.
I've been thinking about coming down to Phoenix this coming May as my wife will be getting her Master's in Elementary Ed. from Grand Canyon U. (Basically just so I could see the Superstitions). Bought your latest book, (loaned it to my brother and I think I'll have to buy another). It would be nice to visit. Robert H., (Wyoming)
Hi Dan, I just finished reading your most recent newsletter and really enjoyed it. I liked the "Diary of a Diamond Geologist" and look forward to reading a continuation of the story in the future. I can relate about finding the work you love to do even if it hardly pays enough to get by. I love to find diamonds and write about it, but the book, DVD and diamond sales are not all that lucrative. I also appreciate your "carrots, karats and carats" explanation. I hope your newsletters will continue. I enjoy reading them. Have a Happy Thanksgiving, Glenn W., (Arkansas).
Hi, Mr Hausel, I am an Indian quarrying businessman of ornamental granite. I am fascinated about your committed field research and selfless spreading of your experience and knowledge in the field of exploration and economic geology. I am bowled over by your simple way of spreading your knowledge about the natural treasures of earth especially in your home town of Wyoming. In my part of south India, Bangalore we have a rich history of diamond and gold mining and exploitation since the times of Maharajas and before. But those days merit was given to adventurous explorers and hard workers. Nowadays India is not so free and easy to explore as greed has set in the system and lot of procedural and governmental and local hurdles exist. But I still appreciate and congratulate and thank you for presenting the adventures and hard work of 3 decades so interestingly. I am waiting to read your books as I am doubtful whether those titles are available here but still I will try to order it through the net. I am a great fan of yours. Bye, V.K., (India).
8.9 lb single corundrum crystal found in Colorado. Wouldn't have known what it was if it weren’t for your teachings. Mostly clear. Kris K. (Colorado).
Hello. I have been following your articles on rock hunting gemstones and gold for several years now online. I love it! I have learned more by reading your materials and research then any one or anywhere else. I have been a rock hunter/lover all of my life. I come from a family of rock hunters. My parents would take us on family vacations that involved fishing and rock hunting. I was born in Kersey Colorado but spent the first 12 yrs of my life in the Rocky Mountains. We found and collected many wonderful and exciting rocks there. Then in 1974 we bought a small ranch and moved to Wyoming. We continued to collect many pretty and unique rocks. All along not really knowing what we had. Over the years I have learned some of what I was looking at but could never really find any one that would give me a full detail or honest answer as to what rocks were what and what exactly I had in my collection. Sadly, a few years ago I had all of my collection stolen. It was thru researching your web site and buying gemstone books that shown pictures of gemstones in the rough, I truly discovered some of the rocks I had. Now I live down on the North Platte river not far from the Seminoe Mountains. Every night when I take my horse out I hunt rocks. I no longer am just looking for pretty and unique rocks I am truly hunting gemstones and gold.Long story short, I would very much love to receive your news letter and information. I need all the help I can get in this adventure. I know I have probably passed over or picked up and threw down a kizillion gemstones in my life time, not realizing what I had. There are multitudes of different rocks, formations, unique areas I want to explore. I’d love to have more of an idea what I am looking at. I know your news letter would be a gem of info. Thank you so very much for your time and efforts. Happy hunting! Glenda S. (Wyoming)
Mr. Hausel, I want to thank you for your generosity and for being such a good friend and neighbor to so many people. It is rare someone with your accomplishments and abilities takes the time to correspond with others who have little or nothing of worth to offer in return, and no comparable knowledge or experience. Living like that sure makes the world a nicer place, and the number of people it encourages and uplifts, has to be large. You can never know for sure how many people were in need of an encouraging word, at the time you gave it. Sincerely, John B. (Missouri).
First let me say that I have read as many of your writings as I could since the mid 90s and have been enthralled by every word of them. I almost wrote you on several occasions but life just kept getting in the way so when I found your web sites recently I decided one way or the other I am going to write you a note.
Geology and minerals are my life’s passion and you along with Waldemer Lingren are my most favorite geologist authors. I really regret not being able to meet Dr. Lingren, but a chance to be able to meet you one day and talk rocks would be a fantastic honor and privilege. I flat out envy anyone who has had the privilege of attending one of your field trips As a matter of fact I might even be jealous.
I would like to ask for consideration to be able to receive your newsletter and would like to also ask if you could direct me to any secret places where your writings have been hidden away. I know about Amazon and the Wyoming state listings but sometimes these things end up in places that are not so obvious. I am more than willing to pay for any hing that you created or were a party to its creation so all sources would be appreciated.
Thank you very much.
Jim M. (Minnesota).
I wanted to write you since I was recently browsing through some of the geological literature on the Wyoming Province again and came across your USGS mineral reports and maps from the northern Granite Mountains, as well as some of your other websites. I'm not sure if you will remember, but back in 1999-2001 I was part of the Shorin-Ryu Karate group at the University of Wyoming (I'm front-left in this photo:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/sokeshodai/1676819055/in/set-72157602211347594/lightbox/ ), and I worked with you for some time at the WSGS processing kimberlite samples in the basement to look for diamonds while an undergraduate in the Department of Geology and Geophysics.
I was quite pleased to find your online presence and photos after such time has passed, particularly since working with you at the WSGS and as a pupil in the Shorin-Ryu group were very memorable times that certainly influenced the trajectory of my career. To that end, this month I accepted a tenure-track job at Boston College in Structural Geology / Tectonics, which was what motivated my inquires and return to some of the work that I had started in the northern Granite Mountains some time ago.
All that aside, it was a pleasure to find the wealth of expertise that you have contributed to the field, and from a former student I just wanted to say that your contributions within the discipline, and beyond geology, certainly did not go unappreciated!
Seth K. (University of Wisconsin-Madison).
My name is Joe B…. I have corresponded with you before and absolutely love the information you publish. I was recently reading your article “Major Diamond Province Found in the Wyoming Craton”. At the bottom of the article it says you are putting out a newsletter for those interested. Would you please sign me up? My email is …..
Last weekend I finally made it out to Black Rock and found Peridot in the Ant hills just like you said. I’ve also found Garnet in several areas and Gold in Cortez Creek. Plus many Agates in the Desert West of Baggs. So now as you can imagine I need to find a diamond.( Well doesn’t everyone? lol.)
Thank you for the invaluable information and Happy Hunting.
I've put your books and breadth of knowledge of geology/mineralogy and Wyoming to good use and fun these last two years. I'm a geologist as well, so it is always wonderful to learn from another who has a similar way of thinking and view of the world.
I have just returned from my last hunting trip and managed to dig up some nice garnets and diopside as well as find the cryptovolcanic structuresat Cedar Mountain. While exploring those structures, I came across a 4.2 carat clear yet 'frosted' (one edge conchoidally fracture) stone. It resembles glass, however, no more was found anywhere and it would have had to have been on the surface a long while to get that 'frosted' appearance. My geological senses make me doubt that it is quartz or glass, however I haven't let my hopes go too high. I was curious about advice on how/who/where I should have this tested. Will any reputable jewelery shop do? I'd test the hardness at home, yet don't have a corundum plate etc.
Also, I am interested in the Great Diamond Hoax of 1872 and visiting the site where they salted the ground. I remember reading on one of your blogs that you managed to recover a decent amount of gems there. I'd love to explore that area and see if I could tease out a gem or two that were overlooked with the subsequent 15 years of erosion. From my research and peicing together bits and pieces I've deduced it's in norther CO and somewhere near Diamond Peak, but that's about as far as I've gotten. Any hints, or publications/resources that would help get me to that spot? I'm hoping to made a side trip next time I'm out near Cedar Mountain.
I just received your Gold book and can't wait to dive in and get a trip planned for next summer.
Ryan W. (California)
Where did I go?
Sooner or later, we must all make a stand against bad CEO's and politicians in our country. In 2006, I was working for one of the more corrupt individuals I had ever known. Let's just cut it short - even though I had planned to stay at the Wyoming Geological Survey at the University of Wyoming until they carried me out in a box - things were just plain wrong. Ethically and morally I could not work for such a corrupt administration - so I took early retirement and left the state I loved.
I'm now in Arizona & finding evidence of many, many overlooked gold, copper & gemstone deposits down here. I left Wyoming with hundreds of deposits including several hundred cryptovolcanic structures that have the necessary characteristics of kimberlite pipes (but remain to be sampled) (also true of Colorado and Montana) (there are even major gold and gemstone deposits in California sitting under all of those marijawna patches), a few hundred kimberlitic indicator mineral anomalies where distinct kimberlitic minerals and diamond-stability minerals eroded from nearby diamond pipes, many, many gold anomalies and deposits, a few palladium-platinum-copper- nickel anomalies, dozens of ruby and sapphire anomalies, a couple of emerald anomalies, thousands of very distinct kimberlitic anomalies with many gemstones that had to have come from somewhere, a few more iolite anomalies and more.
Our country has so much potential for major mineral and gemstone discoveries that it is more than apparent we have just scratched the surface. For every deposit we found in the last two centuries, I predict there are easily 100 to or more as many blind and hidden deposits waiting to be found.
I'm not a petroleum geologist, but I suspect this may also be true for oil and gas. I recently saw an estimate indicating we have more than 3 trillion barrels of oil locked up in Alaska, Wyoming, Colorado and North Dakota alone. Three Trillion Barrels!! That would last our country (without importing oil from the Middle East) a few centuries or more. Companies are willing to go after it - but they just can't because Washington will not allow them.
If we could just throw all the bureaucrats out of D.C., we would never have to purchase another lead-tainted jar of jelly from China. The biggest problem is not too few resources, its just too many bad politicians. I had to photograph this sign from Tombstone.