|Consulting Geologist Dan Hausel (aka GemHunter)|
searching for gold in the Copper King area.
Imagine this, sitting next to Cheyenne and stone's throw from the Interstate and from the Happy Jack road, is a rich mineral deposit that has a minimum of $1.54 billion in gold, and $864 million in copper!!! How can that happen? If you know where to go, you can actually drive to this treasure, even in a Honda Fit: $2.4 billion in gold and copper sitting next to the state capital!
|Aerial photo showing location of the Copper King mine in relation to the Twin Mountains cryptovolcanic structures.|
Based on drilling by several companies over the years including the now defunct US Bureau of Mines (the Bureau of Mines was eliminated by the Clinton Administration, even though it was one of the more respected research agencies in the world, simply because it assisted the mining industry), the ore body at Copper King is now known to have measured and indicated drilled resources of 966,000 ounces of gold and 236,000,000 pounds of copper, and an inferred resource of 184,000 ounces of gold and 62,000,000 pounds of copper.
After working on the property a couple of years ago, I was able to show the known ore body was cut off and down-dropped to the east along the Copper King fault. So, part of the ore body remains to be drilled that lies under an unknown thickness of gravel. There is undoubtedly more gold and copper (as well as silver) in this area. There may even be some zinc, as I found sphalerite (a zinc-sulfide) at a nearby property that has similar hydrothermal alteration mineral assemblages as the Copper King. And most porphyry gold-copper deposits include some silver and zinc.
And, it may not end there. The likelihood of gold placers downstream from the property should be considered, but no one has ever bothered looking for gold in gravel. While consulting on this property, I examined core specimens that have visible gold (known as free gold); so it is very likely some gold ended up in the surrounding streams, especially when we have evidence that nearby diamond-bearing kimberlites have had as much as 2,000 to 3,000 feet of erosion since the Early Paleozoic. That could be a lot of gold transported down-stream over a billion+ years from the Copper King that is not all that far from the Early Paleozoic kimberlite pipe in the Colorado-Wyoming State Line district.
Being that the property sits within the Colorado-Wyoming diamond province, near a large group of cryptovolcanic structures (Twin Mountains structurally controlled depressions) I found while consulting for DiamonEx Ltd about 7 miles southwest of the Copper King, some streams in this region likely have placer diamonds. I also found similar cryptovolcanic depressions continuing all the way north to the Iron Mountain kimberlite district in the Laramie Mountains. Some UW students, working on my research grants, also recovered diamond indicator minerals in this part of the Laramie Mountains, as well as many rubies.
Although, practically no one has looked for diamonds in surrounding streams in the Colorado-Wyoming region, there must be millions of diamonds in stream gravels west of Copper King. Not so long ago, some very nice diamonds were recovered from stream gravels in Fish Creek, Rabbit Creek, and others in this region. Two of the placer diamonds weighed in at 5 carats! And as far as gold, I suspect that if anyone did any prospecting in gravels downstream from the property, they would find placer gold in some drainages.
So, get your gold pan and go have a look!