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New Gemstone Book Tells the Reader where to find gemstones

Posted by gemhunter on October 21, 2014 at 1:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Its been in the works since 2011, and it is finally published. My new book tells about my experiences as a gem, gold and diamond hunter and also tells you where you can find your own gemstone deposits. For instance, there appears to be a major opal and agate deposit near Douglas, Wyoming, but no one is looking. How about the creeks around Cheyenne, Wyoming - some may contain diamonds and gold - but no one is looking.  These are just two examples of what is in store for you. The book is available at" target="_blank">CreateSpace and will soon be available at Amazon.

Geologists find MONSTER Gold Deposit

Posted by gemhunter on February 26, 2013 at 3:40 PM Comments comments (0)

W. Dan Hausel recounted discovery of the Donlin Creek gold deposit in Alaska as a member of a 7-geologist team who were later awarded the Thayer Lindsely Award for an International Mineral Discovery by the Prospector’s and Developer’s Association in Canada in 2009. In 1988, he and six other geologists discovered a Monster Gold Deposit in the Kuskokwim Mountains of Southwestern Alaska described by Northern Miner News as the largest undeveloped gold deposit in the world! Hausel, who was on leave from the Wyoming Geological Survey at the time, was consulting for WestGold, a subsidiary of Anglo-American and DeBeers.

The Northern Miner (v.98, no.52, 2013) reported Donlin Creek to have more than 43 million ounces of contained gold! As a comparison, the Homestake gold mine which operated for 123 years from 1878 to 2001, produced 39.8 million ounces of gold and had one of the longest surviving stocks in history on the NYSE. Donlin Creek has stepped up as the new measuring stick for all gold miners in the world. The mine is currently in the final stages of permitting, envisioned to be the largest gold mine in the world.

Hausel is also a Hall of Fame martial artist and found himself at the top of the martial arts world in 2012.  In December 2012 he was promoted to the highest ranked Shorin-Ryu martial artist. Shorin-Ryu is the traditional Okinawa form of karate developed many centuries ago. In 2004, Hausel was promoted to Judan (10th degree black belt) in Shorin-Ryu karate, a rank only achieved by a very small, select group of martial artists from Okinawa. Rarely has a non-Asian reached this level in karate. In 2012 he received an unprecedented promotion to Junidan (12th degree black belt) that has only been awarded to a handful of martial artists in history.

He also recently published another book with his son Eric entitled "GOLD". Dan is an author of nearly 1,000 books, professional papers, maps, popular articles and abstracts.

Geologist Discovers Gemstones and Gold

Posted by gemhunter on April 12, 2012 at 1:40 PM Comments comments (0)

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.