Wednesday, December 31, 2008
While conducting reconnaissance, I discovered jasper in several old mines at Tin Cup, in an outcrop near the south edge of the Rattlesnake Hills, and found jasperoid at Quaking Asp Mountain. Some of the Tin Cup jasper is extraordinary and found in masses weighing several hundred pounds. The jasper in the Rattlesnake Hills contained some fossil leaf imprints.
Nearly everywhere I explored, I followed trends and examined geology which lead me to other mineral deposits. I was curious enough to find out what some of the unusual minerals were that I picked up, and as a result, I identified more than a dozen minerals that had never been reported in Wyoming.
Above - barite from Mine Hills, Shirley Basin. Middle- a group of cabochons cut from various material. Below - beautiful jasper from Tin Cup & me standing in old prospect pit. These prospects were reported as having high-grade gold values. I found no gold & likely these were left over from various gold mining frauds and scams from the 1800s. Note the large mass of jasper to my right (probably a few tons of high quality material).
Left - Labradorite feldspar collected by Norma Beers in the road bed of Albany County 12 in Albany County. This is just one of millions of gem-quality feldspar found in this area - yet this resource remains unexplored.
Polymath of Martial Arts, Pencil, Books, Rocks, Minerals, Star Gazing & Speech. Recipient of national & international awards in geology, public speaking, art, mineral discoveries, exploration, education, teaching, martial arts & writing.
Member of Halls-of-Fame in martial arts and geological sciences including 2001 National Rock Hound & Lapidary Hall of Fame, 2001 North American Black Belt Hall of Fame, 2004 International Martial Arts Black Belt Hall of Fame, 2004 American Karate Association Hall of Fame, 2004 United States Martial Arts Hall of Fame, 2000 World Karate Union Hall of Fame, 2000 Millennium Hall of Fame & others. Member of several dozen Who's Who Compendiums. Author of hundreds of articles, maps and books.
2001 International Martial Arts Instructor of the Year, the 2004 Karate Instructor of the Year; recipient of the 2009 Thayer Lindsley Award in Economic Geology, 2006 Archimedes Award in Geological Sciences, 2004 Wyoming Geological Association Distinguished Service Award, 2001 Education Award, 2000 President?s Certificate, 1994 Laramie Lyceum Distinguished Speaker, 1998 Dept of Geology & Geophysics Distinguished Lecturer.
Appointed to World Soke Council Board in 2001; International Council of Masters & Grandmasters in 2005 & US Soke Council in 2007. Certified in 1999 as Sokeshodai by Zen Kokusai Soke Budo Bugei Renmei. Member of Juko Kai International.