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Some of the core rocks of Guatemala were laid down around 370 million years ago that have since been overlaid by tertiary volcanism many of these mountains contain iron, copper, lead, zinc and traces pf gold and silver that are still being mined today. The Tertiary period when dinosaurs roamed the Earth was when this massive layer of volcanic rocks were laid down with their accompanying mineral deposits. The eruptions did not stop during the Tertiary there are volcanoes still erupting today in
|Volcan Flores one of the many volcanoes of Guatemala|
Photo by Rick Wunderman (Smithsonian Museum)
As recently as 23,000 years a very large eruption occurred for me a call barrel that is now occupied by
in the Guatemalan highlands. One recent eruption of Lake Atitlan in 1902 was one of the most violent eruptions of the 20th Century. As recently en eruption of the volcano Pacaya in September 2010 caused 1,800 people to flee their homes as the volcano spewed ash, lava and rocks over the surrounding countryside. The eruption was also blamed for at least three deaths. Mt. Santa Maria
It is a well known fact that gold is often found in the vicinity of former volcanic eruption's in deposit great amounts of gold by the action of hot water. Even today there are many
to be found in hot springs in it which could still be bearing gold laden waters. An especially good place to look for gold is around ancient volcanoes especially those that have created calderas. Gold is not usually found in the center of a caldera but rather at its edges. Many times these gold deposit a company magnetic highs that are found at the outer edges of a caldera eruption. Guatemala
A great deal of
is covered by tropical rain forest combined with the rugged terrain and it's prospecting in the country very difficult although not impossible. This condition prevails through all of Guatemala Central America. In there are both placer and lode deposits of gold. Gold can be found in most of the rivers and streams flowing down from the highlands of the country. Because of ground cover finding lode gold is more difficult although not impossible if you use modern geophysical instruments. Guatemala
Gold is often accompanied by deposit so magnetite that is sensitive to a flux gate magnetometer. There are other advanced methods of exploring for gold including one very accurate means that involves taking soil samples, and subjecting the samples to analysis by an atomic absorption spectrometer.
It is possible that the area encompassed by
Central America could well prove to be one of the most mineral rich areas in the world.