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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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Recent Answers from Joe Norris

2017-03-05 Ore Reserve Estimation:

I am not personally familiar with the deposit but below is what I found out about it from a United States Geologic Survey (USGS) article published in 2009 (some years ago).     The $100 billion Reko Diq

2017-03-05 Ore Reserve Estimation:

There are probably 200 different methods of ore reserve estimation BUT the most important aspect is what the commodity is. Gold is different than silver, is different than lead, is different than phosphate

2017-02-19 Sulfur purity:

Sulfur is one of the native element minerals. Native element minerals are those elements that occur in nature in uncombined form with a distinct mineral structure.     Pure Sulfur is bright yellow. The

2017-02-16 Ore Reserve Estimation:

Your questions are maybe not perfect English (which I'm sure is your concern) but quite understandable; you're doing just fine.    To begin, we as geologists want things to be very precise i.e. black &

2017-02-15 research paper:

From what I gleaned from your comments you like sedimentology and stratigraphy which pairs with petroleum geology. This is a very good field and probably the best field of geology, (pay and stability)


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