I look for gold, but along the way...

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I look for gold, but along the way...

microscopic finds

Utah is mineral and gem rich. During active prospecting times, gold did not run out ~ people just stopped looking. 19th century writings of prospecting and mining in Utah are a "goldmine " of information, indicating the extent of the wealth.

Utah is home to a world's largest open-cut copper mine, the Bingham Mine, seen in the distance from my home in Sandy UT, as well as from space. The Bingham Mine is a disappeared mountain from ninety years of digging, now a mile deep, producing gold as well as copper.

Early 20th century Sandy boasted near thirty hotels to cater for the silver mining in the Cottonwood Canyons of the Wasatch Front. At one time three smelters were in operation.

There are expectation hints of mineral wealth thoughout the State with local names like Eureka and El Dorado.

A bucketful of earth from somewhere in the state, my goldpan and some running water keep me occupied for hours. I search for hints... and along the way get to make observations with a USB microscope. Hints of color and crystal, mineral salts and mysterious specks... Adsorbing and interesting.


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Terri Poehler
Realtor - Coral Springs, FL
Coral Springs Real Estate Agent

Wow, this is awesome. These stones are beautiful.

Jun 05, 2012 09:00 AM #1
JoAnn Moore
The Mortgage Market of Delaware - Georgetown, DE
Home Loans in Delaware

Is that gold or copper in the top right? This is interesting. Have you found gold and cashed it in?

Jun 05, 2012 09:32 AM #2
Sussie Sutton
UTR Texas Realtors - Pearland, TX
UTR TEXAS Realtors - Rep for buyers and sellers.

Looking for gems is on my bucket list.

Jun 05, 2012 10:36 AM #3
Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886
Phoenix Property Shoppe - Phoenix, AZ
Arizona's Top Banana!

How fun!  We have a friend that regularily does gold mining and along the way....he finds other great stuff.

Jun 05, 2012 12:25 PM #4
Regina P. Brown
MBA Broker Consultants - Carlsbad, CA
M.B.A., Broker, Instructor

Hi Larry, that's amazing!  The stones are beautiful.  If polished, they can even be more brilliant!  Thanks for sharing.

Regina P. Brown

Jun 05, 2012 12:33 PM #5
Larry O'Sullivan
Sandy, UT

Terri - totally agree. Even in miniature there is captivation.

JoAnn - looks and feels like the real stuff. At its size would need lots of its brothers and cousins. My biggest find so far has been just less than a half ounce. Still a good afternoon.

Sussie - don't leave it to last. I read "King Solomon's Mines" early in life.

Anna - Serendipity is always a good companion..

Regina - I agree, even if these are minute. They have bigger relatives.

Jun 05, 2012 08:50 PM #6
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Larry, you certainly stay busy with a variety of hobbies. Continue your journey! Enjoy your day!

Jun 05, 2012 08:59 PM #7
Larry O'Sullivan
Sandy, UT

Wayne - never a dull moment. You've seen my "Sleep ~ an optional extra", and "It's better to wear out than to rust out. I truly enjoy life and fit lots in.

Jun 06, 2012 06:20 AM #8
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