by Tom Clifton
The Colorado gold rush was also known as the Pike ‘s Peak gold rush and began in 1858 and lasted for a few years. About 100,000 people took part in seeking gold in one of the greatest searches for gold in the history of North America. Some small amounts of gold were initially panned in the streams at the foot of the Rocky Mountains in the early 1850s, which triggered this Gold prospecting in Colorado.
Gold prospecting in Colorado is no longer as simple as before because of the mineralized rock that are exposed have already been sampled. Any future gold prospectors must examine broken rock on mine dumps and those mineralized rocks in mine workings that can be accessed. Gold is no longer present in the noticeable form in the rock and hence laboratory analyses have to be done in order to detect its presence.
At least three pounds of sample mineralized rock has to be sent to laboratories or assay offices for assay purposes. Any miner considering gold prospecting in Colorado must have awareness of the geological characteristics of gold deposits especially about the rocks and deposits of Colorado. One has to make a thorough study of the mining records and the geology of the different mining districts present before starting panning operations for gold prospecting in Colorado.
Not everyone is capable of considering gold prospecting in Colorado as there are diverse operations to be carried out and this would entail a long period of time and also a great deal of money. The cost of exploration and excavation for gold prospecting in Colorado might be rather high, considering the fact that the explorers have to traverse long distances from one spot to another. Apart from the travel expenditure, they also need suitable equipment along with the right kind of transport as also appropriate gear for prospecting in such conditions.
All prospecting trips may not lead to a successful find, as it is not possible to strike pay dirt all the time. Some people, however, may be interested in the challenge and the adventurous aspect of gold prospecting in Colorado, even though he does not find anything of value in the process.
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* This 25-minute movie illustrates the geologic evolution of Colorado through time, and premiered at the Opening Ceremony of the AAPG Convention in Denver on 31 May 2015. This version has been modified slightly from the version previously shown.
The movie is one portion of a large outreach project in which scientifically accurate animations are created for outreach presentations.
A longer movie is in preparation that is designed for a more general audience. We will post that version as soon as it is finished.
Visit our website at igp.colorado.edu for more videos.
This video can be downloaded from our website and is available under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike license.
Live-action Footage (in order of first appearance)
“Words of Wilderness” by Vital Films
“Close to Home” by Vital Films
“Garden of the Gods” by SkyWolfMedia
“Sandy River Delta and Mt. Tabor Portland OR” by uwtb.JG
“Volcano Passion” by Kedarvideo
“DJI Feats- Eruption at Bardabunga Volcano” by NonsuchMedia
Photos / Illustrations (All images, listed in order of appearance)
Glenn Asakawa/University of Colorado
André-P. Drapeau P.
National Park Service
National Park Service
National Park Service
Carol M. Highsmith
Marble Historical Society Collection
Music (in order of appearance)
“Choral Strings” by ERH
“Epic Orchestra” by edtijo
“Look Back In” by Moby courtesy of Mobygratis.com
“Willow and the Light” by Kevin McLeod (incompetech.com)
“Exhale” from freestockmusic.com
“Faceoff” by Kevin McLeod (incompetech.com)
“Our Story Begins” by Kevin McLeod (incompetech.com)
“Americana” by Kevin McLeod (incompetech.com)
“Dark Days” from freestockmusic.com
“Peaceful Now” from freestockmusic.com
“Sealed Heart” from freestockmusic.com
All media used in this film was available under Creative Commons licenses, in the public domain, or used with permission of the creator.
A Brief History of Colorado Through Time (Geology of Colorado)