|Is there a giant, unrecognized, opal and agate deposit near Douglas Wyoming? Opals|
and banded chalcedony occur in southeastern Arizona that are mostly untouched.
A large peridot deposit sits south of Las Cruces New Mexico near the Mexican border,
and there are likely dozens of unrecognized diamond deposits all over Colorado,
Kansas, Montana and Wyoming. There are just a few of the interesting subjects
described in my latest book on "Finding Gemstones ....".
Not so long ago, I was searching the hills in Alaska, Colorado and California for gold, sapphire and diamonds when a couple of companies hired me to find them some mineral deposits. They gave me a credit card, keys to a 4WD truck, and told me to report back to them at the end of each month. I found some interesting targets that they never followed up on - one of my favorite targets was later found to contain diamonds - still strange how some mining companies operate.
Another sent me to Alaska. Six other geologists and myself found one of the largest gold deposits in the 20th century and three of us were independent cusses from Wyoming. Teamwork doesn't work in exploration - exploration successes are mostly a result of independently minded prospectors and geologists. People who can get the job done by themselves in the middle of nowhere, and their only friend is a large gun (bear repellent).