If that is the moderator’s wish, then may I suggest
BC-Free-Miners-And-Masons at yahoogroups
I am not a “possible” prospector. I prospect now. I did a year of
geology at Carleton U in 1962 and then prospecting in NWT where I
also worked at Camlaren, Giant, Discovery and Viking gold deposits.
You can google on them. I am mostly self-taught. I take courses here
and there. I took a gold panning short course at VCC and was
fortunate to have a fully qualified geologist as teacher. He said to
always look at the glassy crystals in the pan. But what good is that
if you are not a jeweller and a very advanced one at that?
Mr. Neufeld, cc’d, is E&M Minister of BC. Here is my submission to
If a hobyist rockhound tourist or prospector finds metallic crystals
while prospecting, it is easy and not too expensive to have an assay
done. When glassy micro-crystals are found they are very difficult
and expensive to assay. Can he remedy that?
How many generations of rockhounds saw the tiny glassy diamonds at
the roadside rock cut near Wawa Ontario before somebody assayed and
found out what they were? It is gold territory so I am sure there
were lots of curious people. Did I even see diamonds in NWT as I was
not so far from present kimberlite mines?
On the Moon, the orange dust at Shorty crater was only .04 mm in
diameter. How big were the green crystals found elsewhere? Glass yes,
but so are Be family gems. I have some tiny amazingly green crystals.
What are they? They are in a mixed sedimentary and volcanic
formation, often found here in BC. I cannot tell for sure if the host
rock is igneous or metamorphosed sediment. The shales blend in and
mix in with a lot of other material. Some small strata are even clay.
Paleoclay? Some strata look like ancient volcanic dust consolidated
and sometimes these are unconsolidated. Loose sediments of ancient
volcanic ejecta? The extreme green stone flouresces to a very bright
blue but not the matrix. I have too little to determine SG, scratch
etc. So my guess is that very costly reflection/refraction testing is
needed and only a gemologist trained beyond that of the average store
shop jeweller would know.
I found a low grade Re hardrock ore deposit. Re is now the 7th PGE.
The only Re mineral I know of is a sulfide found in Russia. In the Re
hardrock there were a few tons of fine loose sediment which looked
like beach sand but I saw it contained many tiny glassy crystals
under the glass. Paleosand? Maybe dinos stomped on those sands 130
mya. No problem assaying the Re but the crystals? And why not Re
bonded with Si in a new gem? Is there even one jeweller in Vancouver
who could identify a rare Re micro-crystal?
What about those tiny glass cystals on Moon? Are some diamonds?
Surely. If impacts cause the flash-formation of diamonds then there
must be diamonds on the Moon. What other gems are in its regolith?
Given that the regolith is mostly basalt-like, then it contains the
whole Periodic Table we see here on this planet. Be and Si and Al?
Yes. Flash-formed emeralds as well? I would expect it.
What happens to the agglutinates in the dusty sediments of the Moon
when an asteroid strikes? What gems do the plutonic forces create out
of the sediments? Since there are some newly named Moon minerals now,
maybe some Moon stone precious gems will show up some day in BC