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Maps and Books for Arizona Gold and Gold Prospecting
Circular 20, Revised January, 2009
- Arizona Lode Gold Mines and Gold Mining,
Arizona Geological Survey Bulletin 137.
- This 254-page book contains descriptions of most past producing
lode gold mines in Arizona. It is divided into chapters by
counties. There are also chapters on small mine development,
mining laws and prospecting. (The chapter on mining law
is out-of-date and should not be used.) The book was
originally published in 1934 with only slight revisions in
1967. It is out of print but a 10 MB pdf version can be downloaded by clicking
- Gold Placers and Placering in Arizona,
Arizona Geological Survey Bulletin 168.
- A 124-page publication on placer gold deposits was published in 1961. It
contains descriptions of most past producing placer gold mines
and deposits in Arizona. It is out of print but a Gem Guides reprint
is available for sale at the Department and a pdf version can be downloaded by
- Placer Gold Deposits of Arizona,
U. S. Geological Survey Bulletin 1355. (1973)
- A 103-page book with a 30" x 30" folding map on placer
gold deposits in Arizona. This excellent bulletin is no longer
available from government sources but a Gem Guides reprint is
available at the the Department and local bookstores. Reprints
of the map are available from the Department.
- Gold Panning in Arizona,
Arizona Department of Mines and Mineral Resources
Mineral Report No. 7. (1990)
- Includes the origin of placer gold in Arizona, prospecting
tips, panning instructions, and maps to panning areas. 30
pages. Available at the Department and local bookstores.
- Mineral and Water Resources of Arizona,
Arizona Geological Survey Bulletin 180. (1969)
- This comprehensive bulletin contains a 12-page chapter on placer and
lode gold. The publication also contains individual chapters on all
of Arizona’s metallic and nonmetallic mineral commodities. The
book contains over 60 chapters and 638 pages. It is a valuable
compendium of mineral resource information on Arizona. Many
references are provided for each commodity chapter. It is available by mail
or at the sales counter of the Arizona Geological Survey. A pdf version of the gold chapter
can be downloaded by clicking
- Principal Gold-Producing Districts of the United States,
U.S. Geological Survey Professional Paper 610 (1968)
- This book is a nation-wide compendium describing the geology, mining history,
and production of the major gold-mining districts in 21 states.
Available on line (24 MB pdf) by clicking
- United States Mineral Resources,
U.S. Geological Survey Professional Paper 820 (1973)
- This book is a nation-wide compendium similar to the one described
above. It contains a 13-page chapter on gold. The 722-page
hard-bound book contains chapters on all metallic and nonmetallic
mineral resources in the United States. Available on line from the USGS by clicking
- Mineral Facts and Problems,
U.S. Bureau of Mines Bulletin 675. (1985)
- Contains a 16-page chapter on gold and its technology, industry,
production, and consumption. The 956-page hardbound book
contains chapters on all mineral commodities. Reference copies may
be used at the Department.
- Gold In the United States,
U. S. Geological Survey Mineral Report 24.
- A map of gold occurrences throughout the United
States. Available from the U. S. Geological Survey. Reference copies may
be used at the Department.
- Handbook for Prospectors, Fifth edition.
Richard M. Pearl, 472 pages.
- This book contains an 11-page chapter on precious metals as well as
information on general prospecting, geologic occurrence of lode
and placer deposits, and highlights of opening a mine, mining
techniques, and marketing. Out of print. Possibly available from
used book stores or libraries. Reference copies may be used at
- Suggestions for Prospecting,
U.S. Geological Survey.
- A 24-page pamphlet which discusses prospecting for gold and other
minerals. Includes brief discussions of various prospecting
methods. A single copy is available free by writing to the
U. S. Geological Survey, Branch of Distribution, 1200 South Eads
Street, Arlington, Virginia 22202.
- Mineral Deposit Models,
U. S. Geological Survey Bulletin 1693. (1986)
- A 379-page compilation of models that describe the essential
characteristics of mineral deposits. Available
from the U. S. Government Printing Office and
- Gold and Silver Handbook,
Stanley W. Ivosevic. (1984)
- Covers the geology, exploration, production, and economics of large
tonnage, low grade deposits. 217 pages. Available at book stores
- Laws and Regulations Governing Mineral Rights in Arizona,
Arizona Department of Mines and Mineral Resources Special Report 12.
- This book explains the Federal and State laws and regulations
regarding locating (staking) and maintaining title to mining
claims on Federal land in Arizona. Further, the book explains
the procedure for acquiring mining rights on State owned Trust
Lands. Chapters are also included on lands open (or closed)
to prospecting and on permit requirements for prospecting
activities on Federal land which involve significant surface
disturbance. Available from the Department.
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