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By Ralph J. Roberts

Ralph Roberts's isn't a loved ones identify in Nevada, however it may still be-it used to be he who came upon the Carlin Belt gold deposits that created a tremendous mining growth within the nation within the final 4 a long time of the 20 th century. yet this discovery was once just one episode of his remarkably eventful existence. a fondness for Gold is Roberts's account of that existence, a narrative as colourful and adventurous as that of any fictional hero. Roberts's engagingly informed autobiography lines his existence from its beginnings in jap Washington country to his status as a world-renowned geologist, skillfully alternating own reports with the advance of his realizing of the constitution of Nevada's geology and the forces that formed it. His fascination with ore-bearing minerals resulted in an extended and effective occupation with the U.S. Geologic Survey, which took him to prolonged postings in imperative the United States and later to Saudi Arabia, the place he used to be instrumental within the redevelopment of the traditional gold mines at Mahd adh Dhahab, in all likelihood the positioning of the biblical Ophir. yet he lower back time and again to Nevada, intrigued by means of its geological complexity and the valuable minerals that lay hidden underneath its convoluted surfaces, and used to be fascinated by the improvement of some of the state's most important gold-mining parts. Roberts's account conveys his abiding enthusiasm for the techniques of geology, and his fascinating textual content permits his reader to proportion and remember that enthusiasm. His tale is that of a geologist of bizarre astuteness, a guy whose specialist successes have been merely a part of a lifestyles marked via devotion to relatives and an unremitting interest concerning the international and folks round him.

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Principal stages in the development of the cordilleran geosyncline. Stage I. Deposition from Cambrian through Devonian time. Stage II. Distribution of facies after thrusting on Roberts Mountains thrust. Henry G. Ferguson Fergie was first and foremost a field geologist. C. Fergie worked primarily in the Great Basin and authored many important papers on its mining districts. He was largely responsible for setting up the geologic framework of Nevada as we know it today. My association with Fergie permitted me to see how his agile mind worked and how he solved complex structural problems in the field.

This certainly signified a source terrain of high relief, perhaps something like the rugged coast of California’s Big Sur region. As I continued west, I saw the conglomerate grading upward into pebbly beds with finer grains, and I noted thin limestone interlayers, which The Antler Orogeny 43 Fig. 3. Basal Battle Formation composed largely of Harmony Formation cobbles, resting unconformably on tilted Harmony Formation about a half mile south of Galena. Fig. 4. Antler Peak from east. Courtesy of USGS Professional Paper 459-A by Ralph J.

S. Geological Survey. In 1935 he recommended me for a summer job with J. B. Mertie Jr. in Alaska. In those days jobs like that were almost impossible to get—I had tried without success. Few people today can comprehend how great a gift this was! Barksdale later recommended me for the doctoral program at Yale, which propelled me into the stratosphere. As soon as I learned that Coomb’s recommendation had landed me a job offer with the usgs, I called Mertie to accept, and shortly thereafter, in summer 1935, I was on a steamer to Alaska to work as a geologic assistant northwest of the Alaska Range.

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