Next to martial arts, finding new gemstone deposits, making gold discoveries, and prospecting old mining districts, my next favorite thing to do is write. Currently, I'm working on a new book with a working title - 'GOLD PROSPECTORS GUIDE TO ARIZONA'. See Arizona Gold and Copper, Arizona Gold, Prospecting in Arizona.
I wrote and published many books and maps when I was the Senior Economic Geologist at the Wyoming Geological Survey at the University of Wyoming. I even got to walk around and map more than 1,000 square kilometers of complex geology and more than 3 dozen abandoned mines. Then wrote many articles for the Mining Journal and moved on to writing my own books after I left the Geological Survey.
My last book describes many gemstone occurrences in Wyoming. I feel it is a one of a kind book as it has already led prospectors to finding diamonds in Colorado, North Carolina and Wyoming, rubies in Montana and Wyoming, agates, jade and opal in Wyoming, labradorite in Wyoming, iolite in Wyoming, gem-quality garnets and chromian diopside in Wyoming and elsewhere, and other gemstone deposits. Can you name any book that has done that? It is based on years of research on the geology and gemstones of Wyoming - their settings, geological environments, and how to recognized the gems. My book points out that Wyoming should be called the Gemstone State thanks to discoveries made since 1975.
(1) A GUIDE to FINDING GEMSTONES, GOLD, MINERALS & ROCKS. Published in 2014.
(2) GOLD (2011) by W. Dan Hausel and Eric J. Hausel (Rated 5 out of 5 stars by Amazon Customers).
After exploring Wyoming for three decades, the authors made more than a hundred new gold discoveries. The authors provide the reader with information on where to find gold, how to find gold and give the reader information on to look for and how to read the geology and rock outcrops.
"This book is a must have if you want to prospect for GOLD in Wyoming. The list of prospects and mines that are covered covers the whole state from corner to corner. Where to look, what to look for and why. For anyone who wants to find the gold in Wyoming this is a must have in the field and on the couch," according to author Garret Romaine (Portland, Oregon). "W. Dan Hausel is one of the most prolific and helpful geologists to ever document Wyoming's amazing geology. This book feels like a 'greatest hits' compilation of all his important work in discovering gold, diamonds, and gemstones in Wyoming. He has been a huge treasure for anyone exploring the Cowboy State, mapping hundreds of square miles of geology, tirelessly unraveling Precambrian rocks, and patiently explaining the forces at work for us mere mortals. If every state had a geologist like Dr. Hausel at work in the field, we would all be better off".
(3) GEM, MINERALS & ROCKS of WYOMING (2009) by W. Dan Hausel. This 175-page book published in 2009 with color photography describes many gems, minerals & rocks found in Wyoming. Over three decades, Professor Hausel explored Wyoming visiting most of the sites, discovering new sites, collecting samples & mapping large regions of the State. During these investigations, Wyoming, which once was considered to be relatively poor in gemstones, soon became known as the most diversified assemblage of gemstones of any state in the United States.