Platinum Gold Ore ~ 15 Oz Desert Varnish Mineral Specimen ~ Palladium Gem Stone
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Platinum Gold Ore ~ 15 Oz Desert Varnish Mineral Specimen ~ Palladium Gem Stone:
15 Ounce Platinum and Gold Ore ~Palladium and Rhodium inTrace Amounts
This specimen has a bit of Plagioclase. Very pretty.
Collected from HighMojave Desert, Southern, California
This is from a piece I've already been working. To your benefit, a lot of the outer crust of desert varnish is worked away. Making this much easier to work with. Still hard as an iron ball though.
Many Precious Metals and small Gem Stones are loaded in thisDesert Varnished Mineral Specimen. Weight is approximately 15OZ / Measures 9 x5 x 5 MM.
This is a museum grade specimen. I have been getting very nice precious metal results from this ore. I have toinform you though.This enigma isincredibly hard to work with. Imagine trying to delicately break apart a large canon ball.
In order to view this specimen, My wife has worked diligently removing just enough varnish. About a weeks worth of time consuming procedures. I'm giving credit, where credit is well deserved.
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We have covered the need to know basics up to this point.
All pertinent information has been covered at this point.I am adding in a little history on desert varnish. For those that care to read on. We must remember that this 10,000 year old (plus) varnishis on precious metal bearing igneous rock, that is even older. An ore is classified by which mineral it is richest in. I believe I have named it correctly.The Gold and Platinummetals mentioned have been in fairly equal proportions. There are two other white metals that I haven't the knowledge to make claim on. There are also Gem Stones I am not qualified to make a claim too. They are green, red, blue and rainbow like. All being separate. As for the ore under the tarnish. It is made up of:
Mesozoic Granitic Rocks
A wide variety of coarse-grained igneous rocks formed when magma that intruded the earth's crust, cooled and was later exposed by erosion. Granitic rocks occur throughout the state, but are most common in the mountainous areas such as the Klamath Mountains,the Sierra Nevada, and the Peninsular Ranges. Some granitic rocks are Cenozoic, Paleozoic, and Precambrian. Plutonic igneous rock is in the composition as well.
Intrusive Igneous Rocks (Plutonic Rocks):
Plutonic rocks are those that have solidified below ground. When magmascrystallize deep underground they look different from volcanic rocks because they cool more slowly and, therefore, have larger crystals. Igneous rocks cooled beneath the Earth's surface are called intrusive rocks. The intrusive equivalents of basalt, andesite, and rhyolite are gabbro, diorite, and granite, respectively.
Gold is described as being in pockets associated with dikes of pegmatite, aplite, andesite, and veinsof gold bearing quartz. Minor veinlets of malachite and azurite, pyrolusite dendrites, and probable turquoise occur infractures in some of the mineralized pockets in the aplite andquartz veins. Rock piles are stainedwith these secondary minerals, Desert Varnish.
One of the most remarkable biogeochemical phenomena inarid desert regions of the world is desert varnish. Although it may be only ahundredth of a millimeter in thickness, desert varnish often colors entiredesert mountain ranges black or reddish brown. Desert varnish is a thin coating(patina) of manganese, iron and clays on the surface of sun-baked boulders. Ithas been estimated that up to 10,000 years are required for a complete varnishcoating to form on boulders in extreme arid desert regions. Its origin hasintrigued naturalists since the time of Charles Darwin.
The Mojave province, from where I collected this specimen,is wedged in a sharp angle between the Garlock Fault (southern boundary Sierra Nevada) and the San Andreas Fault, where it bends east from its northwest trend. The northern boundary of the Mojave is separated from the prominent Basin and Range by the Eastern extension of the Garlock Fault.
Thank you for reading this far. That tells me that you really care about this specimen.
My wife is my blood hound when it comes to prospecting. So, this quick note is for her and ALL. "Gold is where you find it" Of course it helps if you know about where to look. Slamming on the brakes, skidding to a stop on a busy highway, jumping out, and flinging sand all over like a mad wailing woman with a pan is probably the first technique that should be crossed off your list.