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July 2, 2017

Mother Lode Gold

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Mother Lode Gold Veins

Gold may occur as deposits called lodes, or veins, in fractured rock. It may also be dispersed within Earth’s crust. Most lode deposits form when heated fluids circulate through gold-bearing rocks, picking up gold and concentrating it in new locations in the crust. Chemical differences in the fluids and the rocks, as well as physical differences in the rocks, create many different types of lode deposits.

Revered for its aesthetic and metallurgical properties for thousands of years, gold is still one of the most sought after precious metals. There’s no question gold has played a unique role for humanity, for better or for worse. Today, we’ll explore the fascinating science behind the origin of gold atoms and some theories that seek to explain how the prized element got to where it is today, here on Earth.

Why Gold is important

gold in quartz

gold in quartz

From what are now Israeli hills during the Copper Age to the Bulgarian Varna Necropolis in the 4th millennium, from the Egyptian pharaohs to the Spanish conquistadors, the allure of gold – its powerful effect on us – has been consistent and unmistakable. In fact, the Egyptians called gold “the breath of God”. And it’s not just the ancients that held gold in high esteem.

California gold mine

To display his imperial glory, Napoleon gilded Paris in gold, while even more recently Hitler sought to control all of Europe’s gold as support for his “1000-year Reich.” What myths made gold such a prized commodity and what factual properties still support it as a precious metal to this very day?

Arizona gold - fine gold

California gold Mother Lode GoldThe mining of gold is wonderful stuff, until it all gets made into gold bricks and is stashed away in vaults. It’s like the gold is painstakingly extracted from the earth, but only to be buried again. Gold should be minted into coins and used by all the people as money, as it used to be. And, how can fiat printed paper be equated (through its “legal tender” status) with physical gold? Why is gold exchanged for meaningless paper?

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:

Mother Lode is most famously the name given to a long alignment of hard-rock gold deposits stretching northwest to southeast in the Sierra Nevada of California. It was discovered in the early 1850s, during the California gold rush

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