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Modern Prospecting: How to Find, Claim and Sell Mineral Deposits (Prospecting and Treasure Hunting) [Paperback]

Roger McPherson
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March 1, 2003 1889786160 978-1889786162 1st
In this book an experienced prospector shares information acquired through 20 years of classroom study, field work and trial and error. He outlines a systematic approach to mineral exploration including how to recognize the signposts of a favorable area, do the land status research, and follow through with valid claim staking, soil and rock sampling and assaying. Chapters include descriptions of the major types of deposits; interviews with geologists; how to obtain an assay; use geochemical and geophysical methods; and stake a proper claim. Whether looking for gold, platinum, diamonds or any other mineral, anyone equipped with these basic skills greatly increases their ability to discover new bonanzas. With a handy glossary and helpful contact information this is the foremost how-to-do-it-right guide to prospecting in the 21st century.

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  • Paperback: 302 pages
  • Publisher: Gem Guides Book Co; 1st edition (March 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1889786160
  • ISBN-13: 978-1889786162
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #311,683 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wealth of real experience March 7, 2006
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_I wish that this book had been available when I was a recent geology graduate. It gives the sort of detailed practical information that is absent from many college programs. For instance, my classmates and I had no idea how or where to go to get a sample assayed, how to do a land search, or how and where to file a claim. This book gives you the details, copies of the forms, and current addresses.

_Not only that, but it gives you the practical details of what sort of rock associations and structures are most likely to yield viable ore deposits (the environmental and "pure" academic geologists also tended to gloss over and ignore this information as "low brow" at my school.) Hardrock, placer, and diamond prospecting are all well covered. In my opinion just chapter 11 (Researching a Prospect) with its checklist is worth the price of the book.

_What the book doesn't do is show you how to do basic rock and mineral identification. A good physical geology class and lab should teach you this- as well as how to read topographic and geological maps. Nor will it teach you how to pan- but no book can really teach that.

_This isn't just armchair theory either, for the book is filled with dozens of accounts from working prospectors, geologists, and small mine owners (it even gives most of their real names.) You are benefiting from a great deal of hard won experience here. But, most of all, you are shown that you have legitimate options other than working for big mining or oil companies, or big federal or state agencies.

_Personally, I place this book up there with Pearl's "Handbook for Prospector's" and Von Bernewitz' "Handbook for Prospectors and Operators of Small Mines."
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A nuts and bolts guide by a man whos been there. January 31, 2005
In what is really a one of a kind book, Roger McPherson provides insight into what it takes to start out, practices as, and succeed as a mineral prospector. This is not a rambling history of the old west like so many other so called prospecting books. McPherson is a pro, not only does he explain the geology of various deposit types, he details the legal process of staking a claim, how to do a background search on the property, even the ins and outs of marketing your find. I am a consulting geologist to the mining industry, and I have always wanted to prospect independently on the side. Roger McPherson has given me a valuable tool to start my endeavers with. To top it all off, he does it with wit and anecdotes that will make you want to grab a pick and head for the hills.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars For the Geologist minded October 16, 2011
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I saw this book as a geologists stand point on what types of rocks to look for when trying to find gold. Also, what types of rocks that gold is commonly found by. The book would of had five stars if it would of had pictures so you could see what was being described.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome book for the serious prospector! March 6, 2011
By Chris
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This is an awesome book for the very serious gold prospector. If you are just looking to play around and look for gold as a hobby, this may not be the route to go. But if you are looking to find your own claim or are searching for lode veins this is a priceless tool.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Worth the read October 19, 2010
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If you ever had some dreams of prospecting you will find gold in this book. The book contains a ton of information you can use and you will get a real good understanding about what you don't know. I plan on reading chapters over and over and be able to identify rocks and minerals you might find in the gold neiborhood. It names the rocks and minerals so you know what to look for. You will then know where your knowledge base is weak and what you have to learn to catch up.
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3.0 out of 5 stars very detailed book if you live in Alaska May 4, 2014
By rci
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the book is very detailed if you live in Alaska...... If I could have seen that it was primarily a book on prospecting in Alaska I wouldn't have wasted my money on it. There's nothing wrong with the book except it should say ALASKA all over it. You can still get useful information from the book but don't expect much if you live anywhere else
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very informative February 7, 2014
By Darryl
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This is a great book to have. Although it most of the info was built around the authors the experiences in Alaska .Its jam packed reference material.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fast service January 28, 2014
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Have not read yet. The book was in very good shape and it looked like it was new. I would buy again
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars great book on prospecting.
It is a very informative book. Lots of good information as a prospector for over 40 years I have bought a lot of books on prospecting and this one had some very good information.
Published 8 months ago by Steven Taylor
4.0 out of 5 stars A wealth of information
This book provides a lot of detailed information about the subject. Unless you are somewhat familiar with geology, you can get bored with this book at some points, however, the... Read more
Published 9 months ago by kenneth amirault
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed This Book!!!
Good book to read with some good details on the title subject, would recommend this book, priced right for the material in this book.
Published 12 months ago by Terry S.
5.0 out of 5 stars For prospectors, weekend warriors, rockhounds, metal detectors.. One...
I wanted to know more about how gold exists in nature, what types of rock formations it is in. This book is simply a well written and a
must for your library as a resource and... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Charles Neighbors
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Reading
Vert informative, and well written book. The book has answered many of my questions. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in prospecting.
Published 13 months ago by JT
5.0 out of 5 stars Great learning and reference book. Excellant reading...!
Anyone who is interested in prospecting and needing to expand your knowledge will really find this book very informative. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Neighbors75
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Prospecting Book
I really liked this book! I didn't give it 5 stars because it talked a lot about Alaska. But that said, It did give some great information about things a person can use to be... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Brian L Cook
5.0 out of 5 stars great book
so much info in one place ,if it only had pictures,
If I had this book the last time I would not have quite after one great summer.
Published 16 months ago by Brian Groce
3.0 out of 5 stars Easy to navagate through
The book was Ok it had alot of info I could use. Anyone wanting this info it's good. I wished it had more info on Gold baring lands but? John
Published 17 months ago by john john bradley
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