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Dan Hausel Included in Men and Women of Science

Posted by Dan Hausel on August 13, 2016 at 3:20 PM Comments comments (6)

W. Dan Hausel with foot on boulder filled with gem kyanite, ruby and sapphire taken after his discovery of some of the largest colored gemstone deposits of iolite gems found on earth. This photo appeared on the cover of the ICMJ Prospecting and Mining Journal.

August, 2016

W. Dan Hausel, will be honored by induction into the 1st edition of the biographical reference “Great Men and Women of Science” scheduled for release in high-profile libraries and research institutes worldwide in 2017. This book, published by the IBC in Cambridge, England, will also include biographies of legendary 20th and 21st century scientists and engineers such as Albert Einstein, Stephen Hawking, Steve Wozniak, Elon Musk, Marie Curie, Edward Hubble, Nikola Tesla and Carl Sagan. Professor Hausel will now stand with these historical greats in the world of science. 

Although most scientists in the upcoming biographical reference are theorietical geniuses, Professor Hausel is a pragmatic scientist who brought the State of Wyoming from a mineralogical wasteland to a gemological treasure trove. In 3 decades, he found dozens of gold, colored gemstone, rare minerals, and diamond deposits in a place that was not known for these treasures. In Alaska when he and six other geologists found one of the largest gold deposits on earth and won the Thayer Lindsey Award for this achievement. Hausel also mapped more than 1,000 square kilometers of complex geological terrain in Wyoming and Alaska, and authored or co-authored more than 1,000 scientific papers, abstracts, geological maps and books.

Hausel, also known as the GemHunter and Soke, is known for his uncanny ability to find new mineral deposits. Along with 6 other geologists, Hausel discoveried the Donlin Creek, Alaska gold deposit - one of the largest gold deposits ever found in history - as an example, the Donlin Creek gold deposit contains 400 times more gold than was mined during the entire history of Wyoming!. He also discovered the Rattlesnake Hills gold district in Wyoming along with hundreds of other gold anomalies, gemstones and diamonds. He is a grandmaster of martial arts and holds one of the highest ranks in karate and kobudo. Hausel states, "I have been blessed by God, as I am not genius, I have just been given opportunities to do what I love to do in this life". 

Hausel prepares to go underground in Arizona.

Hausel has been honored by a group of Hall of Fames as a martial arts instructor, author, artist, geologist and public speaker. While at the Wyoming Geological Survey at the University of Wyoming, Hausel was honored with dozens of local, regional and national awards for his contributions to the geological sciences, public speaking, and martial arts. He was inducted into the National Rock Hound Hall of Fame, the National Black Belt Hall of Fame, the World Black Belt Hall of Fame and several others. He was presented Meijin Wajutsu by Dai Soke Sacharnoski of Juko Kai International which translates as "Martial arts genius".

Retired from the Wyoming Geological Survey, Hausel continues to work as a geological consultant and teach martial arts. He recently worked as Vice President of US Exploration for DiamonEx Ltd from Australia, where he found more than a hundred diamond anomallies, and currently is Vice President of Ferris-Haggarty Mining Company from Bulgaria. He is the Sokeshodai (Grandmaster) of Shorin-Ryu Karate and Kobudo (Seiyo-Kai) and holds black belt ranks in several martial arts including a nijudan (12th degree black belt) in shorin-ryu karate.



Posted by Dan Hausel on February 16, 2012 at 7:30 PM Comments comments (6)

It is rare for a geologist to make a new discovery, and even rarer for a geologist to discover a whole new gold district, particularly when the district is located not very far west of the State's largest city (Casper). But, in 1981, the University of Wyoming Engineering Dept contacted me - they were interested in establishing a federal grant to investigate methods for gold extraction and needed a disseminated gold deposit. So they provided me with a few dollars and off I went. One of the places I had in mind was the Rattlesnake Hills. This region had been investigated in a group of MS and PhD projects, but none recognized the gold potential.

For me, this an obvious choice for gold. It was a greenstone belt similar to greenstone belts elsewhere in the world. Gold was so common in Archean greenstone belts around the world  that the terms greenstone belt and gold belt had been used interchangably by some authors in Canada and Australia. The Rattlesnake Hills had another thing going for it that the other belts did not. It had been intruded by several Tertiary volcanic dikes and pipes which likely provided heat engines to leach gold from the base of the greenstone belt and focus the precious metal into veins, shear zones, stockworks and breccias. So this was my number one project.

When I drove into the Rattlesnake Hills, it took a little time, but I found a pyritized vein system that I could trace for more than a mile on the surface. I took samples of this material. Next I investigated other veins, a stockworks in the basal gneiss and found breccias around some of the Tertiary stocks. The samples I took back to the lab contained gold - I had identified a new gold district missed by everyone else.

It was important to map this district. So over the next several years, I finally got a little more support to map this district thanks to the State Geologist (Gary Glass) and to establish this area to have very high potential for major, hidden gold deposits. Recently it was reported that one company working in this district at one of my favorite targets, a very large breccia along the flanks of Sandy Mountain and Oshihan Hill identified commercial amounts of gold. It took 30 years, but what the heck, gold is gold and this may turn into Wyoming's first hard rock gold mine in decades.

It is likely this district will produce several million ounces of gold. And what did I get? I published several papers on the area and later was harassed by one of the poorest excuses of a State Geologist and human being. Harassed so much I left the Survey for an Australian diamond company. So, Wyoming got the gold and I got the shaft - sounds like a great title for a country and western song. But I must say, I did get some memories, publications and experience - this is worth more than any amount of money to me.