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Emperor Mine 1973

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Emperor Mine 1973

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Head frame of the Emperor Mine. I just showed up at the mine office and talked to mine manager who seemed to be glad to talk to me. He introduced me to the geology department and told them to give me a tour of the mine and to sell me some samples of the tellurides that they had on hand. It was a big mine, and hot. We went down through a series of stopes and I saw a number of big open pockets of quartz crystals, but they were not very appealing, hardly any prism faces, just pyramidal terminations perhaps up to about an inch growing wall to wall. Some of the pockets were about as big as a small refrigerator. Didn't see any sign of sulfide or teluride mineralization. Was able to get some good little specimens out of the geology department though. I was young then and didn't know very much and in retrospect I should have made contact with the miners and I could have probably gotten specimens off of them. Undoubtedly they encountered a little free gold from time to time and must have know about how to heat up the tellurides to make free gold which they probably sold to the local Indian merchants.
[Rock Currier 2011]

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