By Ralph J. Roberts

Ralph Roberts's isn't a family identify in Nevada, however it may be - it used to be he who chanced on the Carlin Belt gold deposits that created a big mining growth within the country within the final 4 a long time of the 20th century. yet this discovery used to be just one episode of his remarkably eventful existence. a keenness for Gold is Roberts's account of that existence, a narrative as colourful and adventurous as that of any fictional hero. Roberts's engagingly instructed autobiography strains his lifestyles from its beginnings in jap Washington kingdom to his reputation as a world-renowned geologist, skillfully alternating own reviews 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 profession with the U.S. Geologic Survey, which took him to prolonged postings in primary the USA and later to Saudi Arabia, the place he was once instrumental within the redevelopment of the traditional gold mines at Mahd adh Dhahab, very likely the positioning of the biblical Ophir. yet he lower back many times to Nevada, intrigued via its geological complexity and the valuable minerals that lay hidden underneath its convoluted surfaces, a

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I had realized early on that I did not want to spend the rest of my working life in a laboratory, so I had made geology my major but continued chemistry as my minor subject because I thought it could be useful to a geologist. In a course in volumetric quantitative analysis, I completed my laboratory work for the quarter in six weeks and received all A’s. As the top student, I was excused from taking the final examination; I was free to spend more time studying for my other final exams. I discovered that it’s easy to beat the system if one can only find the right formula and has the resolution to succeed.

Siemon (Si) Muller, professor of geology (paleontology) at Stanford University, was with Fergie. I sensed that I was in the right place to learn a lot of field geology. 1. Principal mining districts and cities of Nevada. Sonoma Range, 1939–1942 31 Fig. 1. Author, 1939, Sonoma Range. he had never had a chance to look at the East Range. On that first, brief trip, we found what Si was looking for—Triassic formations identical to those he had studied in the Sonoma Range. I got a serious blister on my heel during the hike but didn’t complain.

British people I met 38 A Passion for Gold seemed certain that the European fracas had the potential to be World War II and that the United States would be involved. Despite the charged atmosphere, or maybe because of it, those were great days to live in Washington. The grim possibility of war was a stark reminder that one had better enjoy life today. I soaked up as much city life as I could, going to many good and inexpensive restaurants scattered throughout the city. There was excellent seafood in places along on the waterfront, and throughout the district were superb ethnic restaurants—Indian, South American, French.

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