A Passion For Gold: An Autobiography by Ralph J. Roberts

By Ralph J. Roberts

Ralph Roberts's isn't really a family identify in Nevada, however it should still be-it was once he who chanced on the Carlin Belt gold deposits that created a huge mining increase within the country within the final 4 many years of the 20 th century. yet this discovery used to be just one episode of his remarkably eventful lifestyles. a keenness for Gold is Roberts's account of that lifestyles, a narrative as colourful and adventurous as that of any fictional hero. Roberts's engagingly informed autobiography strains his lifestyles from its beginnings in jap Washington country to his popularity as a world-renowned geologist, skillfully alternating own stories with the advance of his realizing of the constitution of Nevada's geology and the forces that formed it. His fascination with ore-bearing minerals ended in an extended and effective occupation with the U.S. Geologic Survey, which took him to prolonged postings in vital the United States and later to Saudi Arabia, the place he used to be instrumental within the redevelopment of the traditional gold mines at Mahd adh Dhahab, in all probability the positioning of the biblical Ophir. yet he again many times to Nevada, intrigued by way of its geological complexity and the valuable minerals that lay hidden underneath its convoluted surfaces, and used to be interested in the improvement of a few of the state's most important gold-mining parts. Roberts's account conveys his abiding enthusiasm for the methods of geology, and his alluring textual content permits his reader to percentage and remember the fact that enthusiasm. His tale is that of a geologist of surprising astuteness, a guy whose expert successes have been simply a part of a existence marked via devotion to relatives and an unremitting interest concerning the global and folks round him.

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S favorite) and milk chocolate. The plane landed smoothly on Lake Chauekuktuli, and we set up camp on the shore. We began fieldwork there and then gradually made our way south 22 A Passion for Gold to Lake Nushagak. The regional geology was dominated by greenish gray sandstone, called graywacke, interlayered with gray shale, cut by an occasional small granitic intrusive. It was a fairly monotonous sequence of rocks, and we mostly plotted the strike and dip of the beds in our attempt to work out the major folds in the area.

During the summer wheat harvest she cooked for the harvest crew, and the reputation of her pies and cakes was known for miles around. Besides being an excellent cook, Mother was also a great practical joker. One April first, she mixed cotton into the pancake batter. We kids chewed and chewed—until we guessed the reason for the new pancake formula. Then we all had a good laugh. We lived in Rosalia until 1920 when Dad’s health began to fail. The long hours in the drugstore had begun to wear on him.

My first assignment was a new project in Nevada under the overall direction of Henry G. (Fergie) Ferguson. Our job was to map the geology of the Sonoma Range one-degree quadrangle (a quadrangle is a rectangular map area; a one-degree quadrangle runs one-degree latitude and one-degree longitude. At the latitude of Nevada, it covers about seventy miles from north to south and fifty miles from east to west, about thirty-five hundred square miles). We were to make the map, assemble a geologic framework of the region, and study the mineral deposits.

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