Tuesday, December 30, 2008
RUBY & SAPPHIRE
Earlier work in the Elmers Rock greenstone belt had shown rocks in the central Laramie Mountains formed at great pressures & temperatures that were high enough one might expect to find ruby & sapphire. So I was not surprised when I found these gems. Luckily, two geologists had put together a report on vermiculite in the 1940s, so I took their publication & began searching all vermiculite deposits for ruby - about 30% contained ruby! In addition to these, other rubies were found in the southern Wind River Mountains & the source remains to be found, even though some rubies found by prospectors weighted as much as 80 carats. At another deposit in the Granite Mountains, I mapped 3000 ft of ruby schist at what is known as the Red Dwarf deposit & recovered some of the largest rubies ever found.
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.