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Interesting! Will be useful when we eventually have a colony there.


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23 minutes ago, Libertas said:

Interesting! Will be useful when we eventually have a colony there.


Those are calcium sulphate and silica veins, gold has only been found in trace amounts by Curiosity so far.  Minelab tried to get NASA to put a GPX 6000 prototype on the Perseverance rover, but their marketing team couldn’t get spacesuits in time for their prospector models. 😉


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36 minutes ago, Libertas said:

Interesting! Will be useful when we eventually have a colony there.

Nothing to worry about but mineralization and hot rocks, armed with the 6000 and 7000. Wouldn't that be nice? No man made iron trash nor billions of casings and bullets. But this paradise wouldn't last long once mankind sets foot on it. We efficiently trash and destroy every land we ever arrive to. Won't take long. On earth or in outer space, doesn't matter. 

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22 minutes ago, Gold Catcher said:

Nothing to worry about but mineralization and hot rocks, armed with the 6000 and 7000. Wouldn't that be nice? No man made iron trash nor billions of casings and bullets. But this paradise wouldn't last long once mankind sets foot on it. We efficiently trash and destroy every land we ever arrive to. On earth or in outer space, doesn't matter. 

Forget the GPZ, you may need to use some discrimination for gold  due to all the meteorites, and it will be getting harder to detect as it’s mostly non-ferrous metals like aluminum and titanium that we have also been trashing Mars with so far:


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Everything was gold in that 1st vid,,,need to adjust the color balance er sumpin' ..

The last one makes perfect sense. No doubt prophetic.

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Someday somebody will make history by being the first person to operate a metal detector on Mars. An entire planet of desert hunting! And the winds are perfect for surface depletion, leaving areas scoured, with near bare bedrock exposed like in the photo. No doubt nuggets waiting on the surface to be picked up, and someday maybe a rover spots one.

Or the planet has few heavies, just a ball of rock. The Clues So Far

"It has for some time been accepted by the scientific community that a group of meteorites came from Mars. As such, they represent actual samples of the planet and have been analyzed on Earth by the best equipment available. In these meteorites, called SNCs, many important elements have been detected. Magnesium, Aluminium, Titanium, Iron, and Chromium are relatively common in them. In addition, lithium, cobalt, nickel, copper, zinc, niobium, molybdenum, lanthanum, europium, tungsten, and gold have been found in trace amounts. It is quite possible that in some places these materials may be concentrated enough to be mined economically.[48]

The Mars landers Viking I, Viking II, Pathfinder, Opportunity Rover, and Spirit Rover identified aluminium, iron, magnesium, and titanium in the Martian soil.[49] Opportunity found small structures, named "blueberries" which were found to be rich in hematite, a major ore of iron.[50] These blueberries could easily be gathered up and reduced to metallic iron that could be used to make steel."

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Those calcium sulfate veins were deposited by subsurface fluids moving through bedrock a long time ago, they had to have been exposed by a lot of erosion to be ip on the surface like that too.  Although Mars does not have flowing water now, there were many ancient rivers there once and a lot of fluvial erosion undoubtedly exposed a lot of deep formations.  The chances of finding large gold deposits there must be pretty good!

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Better build the "First Bank of Mars" first! Gonna be tough, and expensive to transport it back to earth to cash it in!!👍👍

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