"Did you ever think that rocks and minerals may be addicted to you?"
"Did you ever think that rocks and minerals may be addicted to you?"
'RINGGGGGGGGGG', ring, ring. 'CLICK'. Scratch, scratch, scratch...... "Can't get to the phone right now - found another gem deposit. Just need to figure out how to get 'em out of the rock - have any dynamite I could borrow?"
"About last week. I found a cashe of gems! Visualize a plethora of Cape Emerald, Cape Ruby, chromian enstatite, picroilmenite, chromite, diamond and fancy diamond so saturated in color that Mother Nature worked overtime. Yep, found them near... well let's just say somewhere in North America."
"What's that? Sorry, I was gone last month consulting on a gold mine in California. Yeah, its been awhile since I mapped all of those mines at South Pass so, I just needed to get my mining fix."
"The previous month? Well, you must admit when you find water sapphire as large as Smart Cars, you may forget appointments. Why do you suppose they call them Smart Cars anyway? Can't be too smart paying full price for half a car. Oh yeah, the larger iolite gems are enormous. Did haul out a small one: 24,150 carats! The largest ever found in the world, but it's tiny compared to those million plus carat stones I left in the outcrop." Should have seen me walking up the hill with by backpack full of tens of pounds of iolite rough.
"GOLD? My son and I wrote a 365-page book on gold in Wyoming. Yes my son is also a geologist: graduated from UW with degrees in Geology, Physics, Astrophysics & Astronomy with a Math minor all at the same time. And yes, just finished a book on Gold in ARIZONA along with a Kindle version. Huh? You can't identify a green mineral you found near Jeffrey City? Did you see my book on GEM, MINERAL & ROCK identification?
"Remembered my 44-Magnum & boots. The gun does make better bear repellent: the boots are not bad for kicking diamondbacks off of those kimberlite pipes. Why do you suppose snakes are so attracted to diamonds anyway? And did you hear about the prospector who read my Gemstone book and panned in Rabbit Creek in Colorado and recovered several diamonds including one of 5+ carats! A 5-carat flawless diamond in a gold pan! Just imagine what he would have found with a backhoe ! Yes, he easily paid for all of my book with that gem. It's true, we found one of the largest gold deposits in the world in Alaska - much larger than anything else found in the US - and, yep, they got the gold mine and we got the shaft".
"Oh, one more thing - if you're a telemarketer, you have the wrong number! A politician? You already took my money! A rock hound? Leave a message and I'll try to get back to you if I don't drop this boulder on my foot". BEEEEP!
WHO is the GEMHUNTER
Yep, those rocks and minerals are addicted to me. No matter where I go, the find my back pack and pockets! I worked mostly in Wyoming, and mapped the 480-square-mile South Pass greenstone belt, discovered gold in the Rattlesnake Hills east of South Pass after igniting a gold rush to the Seminoe Mountains greenstone belt.
I found gold and gemstones right under your nose, even along I-80 in Wyoming and several adjacent to highways. Believe it or not, Albany County used road-bed material with high-quality labradorite (spectrolite) gems to grade their county roads and parts of US-34 from Bosler Junction to Wheatland. And sitting next to two of these roads are diamond pipes! Can you visualize those county bureaucrats taking 3-hour lunch breaks with their dump trucks full of labradorite gemstones while sitting in the middle of a diamond pipe complaining about their rotten pay?
I loved living in a tent and mapping the Radium Springs and Lewiston Lakes quadrangles at South Pass - where I didn't see another person all summer. But, didn't stop there, I mapped more quadrangles including 3 greenstone belts, a supracrustal belt, a few mining districts and old abandoned mines. And this was just in Wyoming. Worked as VP of exploration for a couple of diamond companies, consulted for gold companies, and even found one of the largest gold deposits on earth with six other geologists: Donlin Creek. Often worked in the middle of nowhere (I do not use the term wilderness because it's a term for wantabe environmentalists and politicians who think the earth is a sentient being) by myself with only a tent and rock pick, while singing in the local coyote bands - my idea of living!
Yes, I enjoy writing: not too long ago, I finished my 1,000th publication and contributed to a 97th book. Visit my bibliography of publications on geology, gemstones, diamonds and gold. I enjoy sharing ideas with prospectors and rockhounds as most are my kind of people. Someday, I hope to write a book about some of these unusual personalities.
Once I was in demand for field trips and led excursions or lectured to local mineral and rock clubs and professional associations on finding minerals, gemstones, gold and diamonds. Awarded an AAPG award for best talk at a conference (and I'm not even a petroleum geologist), presented Wyoming Geological Association's "Distinguished Service Award", awarded "Distinguished Speaker" for the Laramie Lycem and "Distingished Lecturer" for the University of Wyoming Department of Geology and Geophysics. I was inducted into the "National Rock Hound Hall of Fame" for communication skills. Not bad for a kid who was afraid to talk in front of a mirror, let alone people. Ok, Ok, I agree, I'm a workaholic. I'm good at things that interest me, but just as bad at things that don't. I'm a geologist, gem hunter, gold prospector, diamond prospector, martial artist, public speaker, artist, writer, former astronomer, and professional musician. Why martial arts? When I hunt rocks and forget my hammer, I still have my hands!
Did I mention books? There's a few other things that even I don't know about myself that I'm good at. Not a mechanic: can't fix anything without a hammer and duct tape. Good business management skills escape me, and computers dumbfound me. Not good at politically correctness - so kiss my .... I'm independent. Guess I'll stop talking about politics in case your kids read this.
I worked with rattlesnakes (not politicians - but the creepy crawly... hmmm, guess they're all creepy crawlers). At one place in the West Cooney Hills of Wyoming, I found billions of carats of kyanite. This is a good example why people miss even those gemstones they are standing on. Kyanite doesn't look like much, even so some produce extraordinary gems - one just needs to look to see! At a nearby abandoned mine, I walked into a rattlesnake den. The floor was alive and moving, so I did an about face and labeled my map - "Rattlesnake Den mine". At another mine at South Pass, I labeled the diggings "Wet Dream Mine". Never heard the end of that one. Some people have no sense of humor.
Love old mines. Once offered a couple of prospectors beer to dig out collapsed mine portals so I could get in to map (prospecting old mines and finding new gold and gem deposits is better than sex - well, not really, but almost). I was the first person in some of these mines in 50 to 100 years. In one - the "Tabor Grand", I could see where a miner wrote in mud on the mine rib '1890'. Amazing it was still there and looked like it had been written yesterday. I mapped an old mine in California where miners in 1911 and 1939 did the same, but instead they burned numbers on the ribs (walls) with candles.
I took leave each year to consult around North America. When I left the WGS at UW, I went to work as VP of US Exploration for an Australian diamond company. While working for the Aussies, I found a few hundred cryptovolcanic deposits in Colorado, Montana, and Wyoming; told them to pick up placer ground, and got them an actual diamond mine, but Bush's economic crisis of 2008 put them out of business. Well, there goes another finders fee!
By the way, you can get prospecting tips at the GemHunter's Facebook when my account isn't locked by FB because some pimple-faced, fact-checker with a grade-school education didn't get his comic book on time.
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