ROCK HOUND LETTERS
I loved the time I spent with rock hounds & prospectors, the many months I camped under the stars with local coyote choirs, and the field and mapping projects I was able to complete. For me, working as a pragmatic geologist was a dream come true. For nearly 30 years, I had the best, least-paying job in the world. Money didn't matter which was a good thing based on how cheap Wyoming was - it was the work and the people that mattered.
Prior to graduating from college, I had a fear of public speaking. So, I applied for a job as a Astronomy Lecturer at local planetarium. I was hired and learned 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 talked to professional organizations, prospecting groups and general interest forums. I traveled all over North America and talked to more than 400 groups (most on my own time). I loved to talk about minerals and prospecting.
While at the Geological Survey, I worked for two wonderful individuals: the late Dr. Daniel N. Miller and also for Gary B. Glass. Dr Miller gave me the opportunity to research diamond and gold deposits. Gary told me the public was our most important client and gave me considerable freedom to work on the projects that seem most valuable to prospectors. The last two directors I worked for - well I was always told by my mother if you can't say anything good about someone, then don't say anything. But I can say something good about them - they were the darn best pencil pushers I had ever met.
It was an honor to work with so many wonderful clients at the Wyoming Geological Survey, Wyoming Geological Association, the University of Wyoming, and the hundreds of prospectors and rock hounds I got to know as friends. You all gave me purpose in life and you are the reason why I developed this website.
Here are some e-letters I have received - I thank all of your for your support:
The following letter was revised to keep the location of the diamond discovery a secret. But you can be assured that it was a location that I recommended in my books:
DIAMOND DISCOVERY I enjoyed reading several of your articles and field trip notes. They were valuable in my rockhounding for diamonds... I had 3 days (all my wife would let me) to explore. First two days I spent exploring the area. The 3rd day I drove up ... creek ... and found a nice sample of kimberlite on the road. Headed downstream and found 2 small diamonds. Then continued down the road a 1/4 mile and dug 4 buckets of sand out of the roots of the bushes, and took them home with me. A week later, I panned those buckets while enjoying the sun in SC. Found 30 little stones which I thought was quartz, but kept them as possibles. Also found a large piece that looked like a fractured piece of glass or quartz crystal.
Just got back from taking them to the NC State University Geology Department where we tested them. The large piece turned out to be 4.92 carat colorless near-flawless diamond (appraised at $8,000 to $10,000). 15 more verified as colorless and near flawless diamonds ranging from 5 points to several that were about 0.5 carat in size, and 2 of them were champaign colored! I didn't have time to test them all. I still have 12 more... and in appearance, 6 will probably turn out to be diamonds also, 5 will be quartz because of weathered wear marks on edges, and 1 calcite crystal. Testing consisted of specific gravity, scratching a corundum crystal, and looking at them under a microscope. Not bad for a beginner with some expertise in just a days work. Robert, South Carolina. (As a final note - 36 diamonds were verified!).
OBAMA CUTS JOBS I enjoy your books and follow you on the web. I am a geology student at UW and I usually work for the BLM in the summer but Obama cut my job. I eat environmentalists or granola's for breakfast. I would really like to be on your mailing list if you plan any field geology or gem and mineral trips in the future. Thanks, B.H.
LAMPROPHYRE DISCOVERY You sir are not just a geologist. I think you are a genius. Using the information on your website and your books, I've managed to locate a swarm of lamprophyrepipes. It took me 400 hours of research time to prepare a one day expedition. We came back from this first expedition with paydirt: nicely rounded garnet-spinel peridotites, Cr-pyrope and several other indicators.You are an inspiration for me. I'll even go as far as to say you're my hero. I hope one day I'll have the honor to meet you sir. Respectfully, Olivier, Quebec, 2014. Thank you Olivier, your note means a lot to me - Gemhunter
DIAMONDS HELLO PROFESSOR. I JUST WANT TO TELL YOU HOW IMPRESSED I AM AT HOW FAR MORE ADVANCED YOU ARE IN YOUR FIELDS THAN ANYONE WHO HAS COME BEFORE YOU, OR SINCE. YOU ARE IN A CLASS BY YOURSELF. I REALLY WANT TO TTHANK YOU ON BEHALF OF ROCKHOUNDS EVERYWHERE FOR YOUR INVALUABLE WORK.
I AM FOLLOWING YOUR SUGGESTION AND GOING TO THE CREEKS AND STREAMS IN THE STATE LINE DISTRICT AND I AM VERY CONFIDENT THAT YOUR RESEARCH WILL ASSIST ME IN FINDING. DIAMONDS .ANY SUGGESTIONS YOU MAY HAVE WOULD BE GREATLY APPRECIATED AND WILL MOST LIKELY GET YOU ON TOP OF MY CHRISTMAS SHOPPING LIST. A MILLION THANKS. GERALD A, Wyoming, 2014
SAPPHIRE, RUBY and GOLD DISCOVERED! Hi Dan, Hope you are well. Since our last correspondence, I have discovered both sapphire/ruby and gold on the land I have been prospecting. I had a Professional verify the sapphire. It's an alluvial deposit. The stones are not very worn. I've read sooo much on these subjects but credit my finds mostly from what I've read from your websites and books. Thank you very much
Now, On to recovery....
Recovering these stones(mixed in with other heavies) is proving to be difficult. I built a specialized highbanker and am also using classifying screens but these are very time consuming and not very efficient. I need a recommendation for a better recovery system. Keep in mind that I do not yet have confirmed gem quality stones(though I do have quite a bit of clear sapphire that most probably is gem quality).
Could you please help with a recovery recommendation and/or any other useful information to pass along. Thanks, Steve, 2014
ONE-HALF GALLON OF GEMSTONES FOUND! Hope your still kicking (yes, I'm still kicking- the Gemhunter) and looking for rocks. I'm not a geologist by trade but more of an amateur rock hound. I have been intrigued by geology since I've been knee high to a grass hopper. Guess it started in Washington state when I started finding agates and petrified wood. In California I traipsed through a bunch of old gold mines and found some color. I moved to Wyoming a couple years ago and recently became intrigued with your discoveries. I went to black rock to find peridot, and was impressed! I went there a couple times last fall to get a few buckets of material to go thru this winter. I'm almost thru the material and I've found almost a 1/2 gal of gemstones. I was warmly welcomed by the Wyoming mud, almost got stuck a couple times, but with a lot of hard work, I would say it was worthwhile. I won't be like the state of Wyoming and give you a $2 pin and ruby, but I will say thank you for your discoveries as it has kept my spirits up while being indoors, when I'd rather be out prospecting where everything is covered by snow.
Last year I discovered an outcropping of black tourmaline in the medicine bow mountains. I plan to spend a lot of time out there this year looking for gold and gemstones, while keeping my eyes open for diamonds. I've got a lot to learn about properly identifying gemstones but I'm pretty sure it will be a lot of fun. I don't know what the monetary value of my finds is but it's worth more to me to look at what I've found and say I found it rather than went out and bought it. Some of the material I found was emerald green, I doubt it's actually emeralds, but I suppose there is a possibility. Sometime when you're bored and actually read this, maybe you can contact me. It would be fun to get together and pick your brain a little . Have a good day - Issac B, Wyoming, 2014.
UTAH DIAMONDS I hope you do run for president, please do. I just wanted to say that with your information on diamonds, I think that I have found diamonds in Utah... Thank you tons. Do you know what kind of person I can hire to have look at the ground to see where the Kimberlites would be? I looked on google maps and did everything that you suggested, but I'm still not one hundred percent positive that I have found the right spot. Thank you so much for your amazing work on this website. If it weren't for you, I would never even have thought these could be diamonds. Even if they're not diamonds, it's sure fun. Again thanks, Sarah, Utah, 2014. Hope to hear more about your diamond discovery. Several years ago, a student at the University of Utah (Tom McCandless) found evidence of possible diamond deposits all over the northern flank of the Uintah Mountains. Only a few small areas in Utah have ever been explored for diamonds. Best of luck - the GemHunter.
TV SHOW I am doing a TV program about prospecting and Gem Hunting. Who better to be involved than you. It's been a few years but I am running a gold refinery now and do a lot of manufacture of jewelry. We are hoping to do a "from the rock to the ring, or mine to the mint type show for History Channel. Of course you would be compensated for your time and expertise. Don't know if you remember me as I was in my early twenties when I first met you, but your work has inspired me over the years and has been very helpful. Dave E., 2014
BOOKS Thank God we have people out there like you. Please keep up the good work. I am going to order your books soon. B. Hoffman, Alabama, 2014
WEBSITE Hi, Just wanted to thank you for your super website. I live on the Oregon Coast and believe I found diamonds in a creek here. Your site helped me ID them and I will return to the creek asap and continue looking. Thanks again for sharing your knowledge - E. Keller, Oregon, 2014
GAS HILLS I just read your gemstone page and plan on buying your book . I was born and raised in Riverton and in the 60's until my dad passed away 10 years ago he was always rock hounding the Gas Hills and just about anywhere he could . Besides a lot of black jade and apple green jade about all he found was large deposits of moss agates. He would have been shocked at what you've found but would have enjoyed reading about it also. Glad rock hounding still survives. R. Perkins, Casper WY, 2014
OFF TO CRATER OF DIAMONDS Mr. Dan Hausel, I have and am enjoying your books and websites. I do enjoy your humor. I so wish I could have found out about you when I lived in Denver: but better late than never. Forgive my old fingers. I am off to the Crater of diamonds in Arkansas. Thanks again - E. H., Denver, CO, 2014
MISSION FROM GOD I am on a mission from God! I found you in my search for the identity of very special rocks that I am finding in my yard, I wanted to thank you for your post on cordierite, Thank You! I think I am on to something! I just started with the andalusite schists and bingo here you are. I have been on this journey for quite awhile, not sure what I'll do when I have a name for them all!
I really enjoyed reading your story, I love your sense of humor, of course I wanted you to identify my rocks, but that's too easy right? The search continues, as they say it's the journey not the destination that's important and for me, this journey has awakened me to many things, so for me I guess I'll name them the philosophers stones! Again Thank You! I am off to your face book page.... Andrea, 2014
PRETTY, SHINY THINGS Hi Dan! I'm a geology major at Kansas State University, and have lived in SE Kansas all my life (lots of calcite, not much of a rock hunters paradise). My dad introduced me to your website a couple of days ago and I am so interested in all of your work and knowledge. We have close family friends that live about 40 minutes from the Laramie Range in WY and so much of the information you have provided about WY minerals and gems will help me to do more efficient rock hunting!
My goal when I first started college was to become a geologist and go into the energy industry, but after being the lab at KSU and looking at all of the mineral samples, I found a new passion in rock hunting. Of course, being a girl, I'm fascinated by pretty, shiny things! I have considered taking a new route in my future geology career, maybe towards the mining scene. All the things you can find down in mines... how cool that would be! In the last two years I went from thinking "oh, yea, rocks are cool" to having a (probably unhealthy) obsession with how awesome minerals are. My friends just roll their eyes at me as I start to explain to them how this mineral formed or what its habit/fracture/cleavage is. I mean, HOW could you NOT think that that is cool??? I'm sure I scream with joy every time a geology book I order comes in the mail...
Anyways, just wanted to let you know that your work is inspiring to young geology kids like myself. Keep up the good work! T. Vaughn, Kansas, 2014 Thank your for your inspiring note T. I didn't realize I was inspiring our next generation of geologists - what a great honor for me. Just a side note about Kansas. Several years ago, I consulted for a couple of companies searching for diamonds in the US and I explored Riley County for kimberlites. I forget how many kimberlites are known in Kansas, but there are probably many more that remain to be found. Check out Winkler Crater on Google Earth - its one of several kimberlites in Kansas - Dan
BUCKET LIST I must meet u!! It is on my bucket list. I love your humor your experience in the field. And your knowledge of life in general... I believe with God all things are possible. I Will meet you anywhere or take you home with me. Jennifer, 2013
PICK YOUR BRAIN Please add me to your newsletter mailing list. I find your intellect very compelling and its satisfying to see you have a sense of humor as well. If ever given the chance, I would be honored to 'rock pick' your brain apart [metaphorically speaking, I'm not that kind of crazy]. Also I must express my appreciation for all your work and research and sharing educational information which will hopefully inspire younger generations to continue on the hunt for future discoveries. I'm a true believer in Knowledge is Power which sadly the world is starting to lack. Keep up your wondrous work and ill be looking forward to your newsletter. Thank You Best Regards, Natalie B. Utah, 2013
OPAL FIELDS Having just returned from my 3rd trip to your Opal field, I could not contain my enthusiasm to report the results. I've read and studied your Opal & Agate page so often that I can almost recite it by heart. Now, I have a better understanding of how and what I'm looking for... I found considerable fire Opal, and a little precious Opal. ... I found sample after sample of precious Opal in mostly thin secondary veins amongst common Opal. In fact, almost every rock in the 3 ea 5 gal buckets shows some precious Opal (some of which are decent size). Best rock-hounding day of the year, thanks to YOU!!!! BEST regards, Bill H., Wyoming, 2013
FROM JAPAN I live in Japan and I love the outdoors. I have always had an interest in digging into the Earth, but it never occurred to me I could find great treasure right beneath my feet. After reading tons of online material and youtube videos slowly edging away from just gold and into the whole field, I came across your site and am going over it word for word.
99% of people over here seem to have no interest in the land beneath them even though I read some of the largest and most pure gold veins have been found in Japan... which is basically a giant volcanic island... I have a lot yet to learn and my first hammer and goggles are still in the mail. Your site is very inspirational and I'm sure I have a lot left to learn. Thank you for putting it together. Best wishes from Nagano, Kyle P., 2013
LYNCHBURG VA CLUB Hi, I just found your web site, and it's wonderful I haven't finished yet, but it seems you have found every stone in your state, so what mineral are you in search of now? I belong to the Lynchburg VA club we have field trips and work shops and I picked up a few gems traveling to bangkok, wished I would have picked up more of course. I hope you are still out their turning over them rocks. I will check out some of your books to. Happy hunting Cindy, VA
ICMJ Prospecting & Mining Journal. I just ordered the gold book authored by you and your son, I have several others and have read your articles in the ICMJ for many years going back to when you were at the U of Wyoming. I will be in Wyoming this summer and would appreciate recommendations where I should metal detect for gold. I will provide feedback regarding results. I will support any political aspirations you have in the future. A man with your accomplishments and work ethic could run the entire government. I have been in awe for several years and wonder when or if you ever sleep. Thanks for any help prospecting Wyoming, Don N.
Thanks for your note Don. If you get a chance, please send a few good words about my articles to the Mining Journal. I need the work! and been hoping to get on the magazine with my own column.
INTERESTED IN MINERALS Thanks for the response, I've followed much of your work and although I've been interested in minerals my whole life you've inspired me to become much more knowledgeable. Erica. W.
WRITE FASTER Please write faster- we need your help out here, Patrick W., Anaheim, CA
BECOMING A GEOLOGIST Dan - THANK YOU for changing/saving my life!!!! 5 yrs ago, I fell on ice breaking my ankle & tearing the achilles tendon. A month later, I ended up in the hospital with both lungs filled with blood clots. Had to give up sports, but took up metal detecting for exercise, which evolved into prospecting, then rock-hounding. Thanks to you (and your many valuable books, pamphlets, bulletins), I discovered what it was in life that I really wanted to do - become a Geologist. Only took me 66 years to find out. Now 68, I'm scrambling to absorb a wonderful science that for the most part, overwhelms an old rookie like me - but am loving every moment.
Had I not stumbled over your writings, I would have missed out on the most enjoyable part of my life. Just returned from Cedar Rim - super fun day - as you indicated it WOULD BE!!! Next trip; Tin Cup. Again, THANKS DAN!!!! I try to pick up every snippet I can read from you. I know you're busy - no need to reply. Best regards, Uncle Bill, Wyoming Thank you for your kind remarks Uncle Bill. It is people like you that I makes all of my work worthwhile. Happy Hunting and God Bless! - The GemHunter
GOLD BOOK 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 I'd 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
Thank you for your letter Danny. When you search the paleoplacers, look for gravels with rounded pebbles on the surface and then haul some of the dirt down to the North Platte River for panning - The GemHunter
BEST INFORMATION 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)
Yes, I did some prospecting in Utah - I was interested in a gold deposit in the Drum Mountains and discovered that someone had already mined part of it in the past - but I suspect there is more in the immediate area.
TWO THUMBS UP 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)
DIAMONDS 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).
Thanks for your kind words Craig, it's people like you that make my work worthwhile. Actually, I had thought I might retire in the Grand Junction area - I do have a couple of high school friends in the area - the Hart Bros (Hart Bros Music). If you see them, tell them hello for me. Oh, instead of GJ, my wife found the weather was even hotter in Gilbert, Arizona.
MANY GEOLOGICAL WONDERS 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)
DISCOVERED OVER 200 CARATS OF GEMS! 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)
Hi Mike, that is super news! Many of those gemstones will produce fabulous gems! No one has really tried digging deeper, but I would be surprised if you don't find more gems as depth.
MONTANA PROSPECTOR 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).
BOOK 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)
RESUME 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).
Thanks for your compliment Nick. The only way to tell if you have a diamondiferous kimberlite or not, is first by testing the chemistry of the kimberlitic indicator minerals and then ultimately digging for diamonds - the GemHunter
DIAMOND MINE 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 x-boxes 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 Robert - thanks for the note - I did put GPS coordinates in my latest book so you and other prospectors could find the various deposits including the Palmer Canyon iolites. I have a good friend who teaches at Grand Canyon University who has been actually one of my karate students since about 1990.
DIAMOND PROSPECTOR 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).
Thanks Glenn - I really enjoyed your book and highly recommend it for anyone going to Arkansas to look for diamonds.
FROM INDIA 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).
Thank you VK for your nice letter. It is very unfortunate that the worse of society - i.e, politicians, seem to rise to the top (like turds and a porcelain bowl) and get greedy. We have the same problem here.
GIANT CORUNDUM (SAPPHIRE) FOUND IN COLORADO. Found an 8.9 lb single corundrum crystal in Colorado. Wouldn't have known what it was if it weren't for your teachings. Mostly clear. Kris K. (Colorado).
ROCK HUNTER. 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)
A FRIEND 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).
My pleasure John! - the GemHunter
PUBLICATIONS Dr Hausel, 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).
Hi Jim, to be honest, I'm not even sure where all of my publications are listed - this is because I lost track of many. Anyway, here are some places you can find some information on my publications. (1) ICMJ, (2) Wyoming Authors, (3) PBWiki, (4) Library Thing, (5) Open Library, (6) Good Reads, (7) GemHunter newsletters, (8) Google Search, (9) Bing Search (10) Wyoming Geological Association, (11) RMAG Outcrop, (12) Gold in the RMAG outcrop, (13) Lost Treasure, (14) Colorado Geological Survey. Even though I published over 1000 books, articles, abstracts and maps over the years, I only receive royalties on three books listed at Amazon (Gold, A Guide to Finding Gems, and Gemstones, Minerals and Rocks of Wyoming). Seems like one of the flaws in my life - but I don't care as long as I can share my thoughts with all prospectors. Whet I need to do is to someday find a computer Geek who can help me monetize my websites and blogs - I tried this a couple of times and Google placed a lot of ads on my blogs and I didn't get a penny. The problem is I can't read Computerish language.
MINERAL REPORTS Dear Dan, 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! Best Wishes, Seth K. (University of Wisconsin-Madison).
Hello Seth - Yes I remember you. Great to hear from you and thank you very much for the note!
GOLD, AGATE, GARNETS Hi Dan 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. Joe B.
DISCOVERED GEMSTONES Hi Dan, 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 crypto volcanic structures at 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 northern 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.
Many thanks! Ryan W. (California)
Hi Ryan - yes, when I came across the Great Diamond Hoax area thank to a geologist from the USGS - the late Dr. Lowell Hilpert, I panned out 4 diamonds, 17 rubies and 24 pyrope garnets left as 'salt' for the 1872 mining scam. I wrote a couple of papers about the diamond hoax - one was published in a Wyoming Geological Association guidebook. First, note there are two Diamond Peaks in Colorado - the one in northwestern Colorado is the correct one. Anyway, I made the mistake of lending my gems to Dr. Hilpert as he wanted to get some professional photos for a USGS Professional Paper he was working on - unfortunately, he died in the middle of the process. I contacted his estate to get back my gemstones and I was told if I wanted them back, I would have to pay $1 million for my gems. Well, I thought that was pretty neat. My gemstones, originally worth about $10 increased in value 100,000 times over a few years! Now that is inflation and a another scam was born out of a scam.
SO WHERE DID DAN GO?
Even though I had planned to stay at the Wyoming Geological Survey until they carried me out in a sample box - things were just plain wrong, so I packed up my field boots and rock hammer and left Wyoming. Ethically and morally I could not work for such a corrupt administration filled with low-lifes that made fungus look intelligent (sorry fungus, didn't really mean that) ruining so many people's lives - 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 as are anomalies in 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 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 found in the last two centuries, I predict there are 100 times as many blind and hidden deposits waiting to be found. If we could just throw all the worthless politicians out (that includes every democrat and republican), we would never have to purchase another lead-tainted jar of jelly from China, or watch another politician with his hand stuck in the cookie jar. The biggest problem is not too few resources, its too many politicians.
So here's the deal. Many of you have asked me to take you out in the field to teach you how to prospect. This service was at one time free to the public when I was employed for next to nothing at the Wyoming Geological Survey. So when you will the lottery, give me a call. We will need a couple of vehicles for training and field excursions including a Rally Fighter. Although rare, there could be a problem now and then with the BLM and FS showing up - but this is very unlikely because they seldom leave their donut-lined cubicles, so also buy a Murauder. But just in case they do want to tag along, buy a couple of P50s and Robins with large tires for them to use. I don't require much as far as living quarters - an old cabin will do and we'll need a hobby dredge to sample some gold and diamond deposits. We will need a good law firm to apply for permits and deal with the day to day problems with bureaucrats. Then finally, there is the matter of my salary.