|Panning for gold along the Middle Fork of the Little Laramie River. Following instructions on how to pan for gold,|
attendees of the field trip led by the GemHunter, discovered hundreds of pyrope garnets but no gold. Were they sad? Not
at all. Pyrope garnets are a mineral pathfinder for diamond deposits. So where are the diamond deposits? Somewhere
upstream from this location at the Mother Lode prospect.
|A 5-stamp mill at Jerome Arizona. Such mills|
were used for crushing ore.
|Field trip to the Centennial Ridge district|
The Paul Boden diamonds. Two excellent, gem-quality octahedral diamonds
recovered by Saratoga gold prospector Paul Boden from Cortez Creek. The
source of these diamonds remains unknown, but the later discovery of several
diamond indicator mineral anomalies and several cryptovolcanic structures
strongly suggest the Medicine Bow Mountains contain several undiscovered
kimberlite and/or lamprophyres.
Queen mine headframe as it appeared before it was cut down.
Isoclinal folds in French Creek slate
|Fossilized stromatolite. The 'V' in the stromatolite points downward to the|
bottom of the ocean when the rock was deposited indicating that this rock
unit has been rotated from vertical to a horizontal plane over
|Glacial outwash plane in Centennial Valley|
|Hey, anyone seen my rock?|
|Metaconglomerate near Mirror Lake. Note the rounded pebbles in this quartzite. Similar rocks in the Medicine Bow|
Mountains have yielded gold, uranium and even diamonds.
|The remains of the Red Mask mine head frame near the Snowy Range road|
|Boiler sitting adjacent to Red Mask mine head frame (photo by Sharon Hausel)|
|The Queen mine head frame on Centennial Ridge|
|One of the many visitors to the medicine bow mountains (photo by Jessica|