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These are mines in the hills above Bannack, Montana (USA), a town that was formed in the 1860’s when gold was discovered in Grasshopper Creek. This mountain in the Pioneer range is part of the Idaho Batholith, a huge granite formation that was pushed into Mountana when the plate that Idaho is on collided with the North American plate. Granite is a good source for gold, since that metal is associated with quartz, a required constituent of granite.

I’m entering this in the Large Granite Mountain challenge in the Volcanoes, Earth’s Geology & Atmosphere group.

Photo taken September 5, 2011 with a Kodak EasyShare Z712 IS camera.


  • Kay Kempton Raade
    Kay Kempton Raadeabout 3 years ago

  • Bunny Clarke
    Bunny Clarkeabout 3 years ago

    There is still a lot of gold all throughout the west. I’m amazed more enterprising folks haven’t figured out a way to find and mine the gold. Great capture.

  • I was just telling Shaun that after 150 years a lot of those abandoned claims have had plenty of time for more gold to wash down from the source. It would be fun to go prospecting.

    – rocamiadesign

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