Most placer gold deposits in New Mexico are derived from gold-bearing mineralized areas in Tertiary intrusive rocks, and occur in gravels of alluvial fans, gulches, and rivers adjacent to the source. A few deposits are derived from gold-bearing Pre- cambrian crystalline or Tertiary volcanic rocks.
Most gold mining before the mid-nineteenth century was alluvial, wherein miners recovered gold from streams. Modern gold mining that plumbs the rich ore deposits below the Earth's surface began about 1860, when a Fante man of mixed-race by name Thomas Hughes, imported heavy machinery to begin mining in the western areas of present-day Ghana.
Alluvial gold was found in the early 1850s (during a widespread Gold Rush in Victoria) and it had massive deep lead mining activity from the 1860, chasing gold-bearing quartz down several reefs to about 2000 metres (over a mile) deep.
Gold prospector pouring water through his rocker box, Pinos Altos, New Mexico (1940). Rocker box exhibit at Dahlonega Gold Museum A rocker box (also known as a cradle ) is a gold mining implement for separating alluvial placer gold from sand and gravel which was used in placer mining
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Alluvial Fan. A fan-shaped wedge of sediment that typically accumulates on land where a stream emerges from a steep canyon onto a flat area. In map view it has the shape of an open fan. Alluvial fans typically form in arid or semiarid climates. Shown in the photo is the Badwater Alluvial
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