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I am an economic geologist. An economic geologist does mineral evaluations and appraisals of mineral or mining properties. I can tell you if your deposit has value - remember that a mineral deposit, no matter how good, only has value when mined. Any value assigned to a mineral deposit, in the ground, is only the speculative value that deposit.

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I have been a economic geologist for most of my 35 year career. Although I have done work in perhaps 45 states and numerious countries much of my work has been in Appalachian coal, intermountain west gold and silver, and Arizona uranium.


Past President of the Virginia Section of the American Institute of Professional Geologists and a certified geologist in twelve states.


BS Degree from Eastern Kentucky University. Work on MS Degree @ Eastern Kentucky University, Colorad School of Mines & Marshall University Numerious short courses on the value of mineral deposits and how to value same. Also several short courses dealing with the different types of geologic processes; sedimentary, igneous, metamorphic along with the mineral associated with each.

Something interesting about this subject that others may not know:

There is nothing, except the air itself, that we use that is not grown or mined. Remember, by definition, ice is a mineral and it follows that water is the liquid phase of the mineral ice. Did you know that salt is the mineral Halite; lite salt is the mineral sylvinite; floride, in your toothpast, is the mineral florite, just to mention three.

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2016-09-27 i need help sirrr:

I am not exactly sure what the question is but I will tell you that geology has been very rewarding for me and has allowed me to see and do things that I certainly would never have had the opportunity

2016-09-08 School Project:

1. Most schools require two semesters of algebra, two semesters of calculus and statistics.     2. My BS degree required 128 semester hours.  This assumes 16 semester hours per semester to graduate in

2016-09-07 School Project:

I had quite a bit of math in college; probably more that I needed for a degree in Geology because I was an engineering major before taking a geology course.  I had algebra (two semester), calculus (two

2016-08-24 Choosing best geology university in Australia:

I was a consultant for the last 20 years of my career and about half of that consulting was economic geology.  I estimated the value for the Mongolian government when they wanted to sell six mines: one

2016-07-17 Pegmatite:

Peg 1 - I can not see all of the minerals from the photo very well but it appears to contain AT LEAST quartz SiO2 (the clear glass looking mineral), feldspar mineral(s) - I can not tell for sure which


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