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is there gold in slate?

Postby snuffy » Tue Aug 26, 2008 9:59 am

hiya gang, l have access to an old slate quarry that has only about 3 ft of water at the bottom, limestone and cracks drain the pit well. anyway slate is sediment, and water deposited it in huge quanties so my question is,,, was any gold in that sediment? there are huge scrap piles of dust and small peices of slate. and the pit does contain some guartz and some rusty stains (iron) or would l need a trommel or stamping plant to extract the gold if any. just curious...............heavy pans........snuffy
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Postby golddiver » Tue Aug 26, 2008 8:24 pm

I think in Jeri Jones book he said they found gold in slate in York county. Gold is where you find it.
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Postby Goldveiner » Tue Aug 26, 2008 9:10 pm

I found this gold in a black rock but I am not sure its slate.
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Postby jackgold » Tue Aug 26, 2008 9:34 pm

Hunts creek is loaded with slate and it has gold in it.
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Postby rock_bustin » Wed Aug 27, 2008 6:25 pm

To speak generally,

It's probably a safe bet to say that ANY gold you find in nature will either
be Lode, Elluvial, or Alluvial. Though I'm sure somewhere somebody has
found a vein of gold laying open and exposed along a stream bed
how likely is that? Or, how likely in 2008 as opposed to the 19th century?

Therefore, without ever having been to these places mentioned it is a
pretty good bet that any gold found in or near any *moving* water will
be alluvial and therefore will obey the same physical laws that all other
alluvial gold does. So you would look for it as you would any other such
placer gold deposits . However the composition of local overburden and
bedrock may complicate things the same basic rules ought to apply.

However,... A quarry is by definition man-made. Any quarry you find
with water in it is almost certainly a *pool* of water and does not move.
Except perhaps to drain subterraneously or fill by rainfall or upwelling.
So the gold is not likely to be alluvial - unless it washed in there ! - so
the usual rules of placer deposition are not going to apply.

Gold in Virginia is commonly estimated by those geologists I have read
to be older gold - perhaps 400 MYA. I have personally quarried fossils
in VA. from the Devonian & Silurian Ages which are around that old. So
I suppose it's possible that your quarry is either exposing a deposit of
gold somewhere within its' walls that is leeching out or - if the quarry is
subject to flooding in major events - you have the Mother of All Bedrock
"Cracks" catching gold washed down from somewhere else.

It might be an interesting experiment to try panning in any local stream
that could conceivably flood into the quarry to see if it is gold-bearing.
If the quarry is in the middle of nowhere than you might try going over
the exposed sides of the quarry next. There could be an ancient alluvial
deposit exposed by quarrying that is leeching down into the quarry over
time. I wish you lots of luck and Big Gold.

Just My 2Cents Worth,

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Postby ProspectorAl » Wed Aug 27, 2008 7:47 pm

Rock_Bustin,

That sound more like two dollars worth to me! :lol:

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Postby greendave » Wed Aug 27, 2008 8:36 pm

Well we all know the Slate Belt that runs through the piedmont of NC. There's gold all through it, however most comes from quartz stringers and veins all throughout the slate. However, I have a specimen that is from the Russell Mine (near Eldorado, NC). What is so special about it has gold on the slate, I was told it was one of the very few places they actually found gold on the slate.

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Postby ProspectorAl » Wed Aug 27, 2008 8:47 pm

Dave,

Do you have any photos of the slate with gold? I would like to see it.

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Postby rock_bustin » Wed Aug 27, 2008 8:49 pm

If you're able to Dave I'd like to see a pic posted of it.


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Postby Caverpete » Wed Aug 27, 2008 9:02 pm

In an issue of International California Mining Journal earlier this year, one of their geologists wrote an article about this same subject (I could look it up if you want). Yes, gold (and other metals) does sometimes form within slate with no quartz present. It is not common but occurrences have been found. There is even lore (anecdotal evidence) from the old time prospectors to look for gold wherever you find slate.
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Postby greendave » Thu Aug 28, 2008 4:08 pm

here are the pics of the specimen. One shows the side with gold in/on quartz, the other shows gold on the slate near the contact with the quartz, but definitely on the slate itself. Pretty cool, I think.
Again this is from the "Big Cut" of the Russell Mine near Eldorado, NC

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Postby jkrem » Thu Aug 28, 2008 6:13 pm

Great picture Grrendave, thanks for posting it. Wow!!
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Postby jackgold » Thu Aug 28, 2008 7:14 pm

Nice shots Dave! Thats pretty cool looking.
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Postby rock_bustin » Thu Aug 28, 2008 8:01 pm

I asked and you provided - Cool Pix man !

Looks great, now go find a bunch more,

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Postby ProspectorAl » Thu Aug 28, 2008 8:27 pm

Nice. I can't even say what I would give to find something like that. It would get my post deleted. :lol:

Thanks for posting the photo. Any others we need to see?

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