November Newsletter


Gold Fever !!!             Gold Man

 Tomah Wisconsin GPAA Chapter – November, 2013


Welcome to the 2013 GOLD FEVER Newsletter.  The Tomah, Wisconsin GPAA Chapter newsletter is your newsletter, please let me know what you would like to see in it, we hope to bring you more information in the coming year.

 I hope you enjoy the information and articles included in this newsletter.   You can receive this Newsletter by mail, by either attended a meeting, or sent a book of stamps for postage.  

We are also always looking for speakers.  If you have taken a trip or just have a story about somewhere, we would like to hear about it.  You do NOT need to be an expert speaker; everyone likes to hear about what other members are doing.

Do not forget the Newsletter and pictures can always be found at :

President’s Message

I want to thank Wanda and Johann Riel for their talk last month and all that they are doing for all of us with the DNR and the state legislature. I would have the patients to deal with all the roadblock they keep running into or the green movement uniformed that they have to talk to.

 Well the time has come I had to move my panning tub inside. If I wasn't so busy hunting I would have to pan in the house I have had Ice in my tub that didn't melt all day.

  Thank you for the vote of confidence and re-electing me the Presidency. I hope I can serve you well.

See you all in November Mike Fait               



Tomah Wisconsin GPAA Chapter Minutes October, 2013

Old Business:                                                                                                                                                              

The October meeting was held at the Town Hall at the Town of Lagrange on Route #20 west of Tomah Wisconsin on October 18th.  26 Members attended the February meeting.

Wanda and Johann Riel (our State Lobbyists) spoke about all they are doing in state including the state representation just what hobby mine is described.  They had a lot of work to do including finding where the laws/rules were for Wisconsin.  They determined that recreational mining is falling through the cracks.  There really is no law/rules for recreational prospecting.  Each prospector in Wisconsin needs the knowledge to have the power to stay out of trouble.  Private landowner laws are very important in Wisconsin and everyone needs to ask permission to go on private land.  Tribal lands – the suggestion is to just stay off of that land.  In Wisconsin prospecting needs to stay in the 10 sq. ft. area and only use manual tools, rocker box, shoved. Sluice box, pan and/or classifiers.  

News from the October Treasurer Magazine - there was an article about the Wausau outing where Mike (our president) had to remove snow to have an outing.


New Business:

November’s meeting will be on the 3rd Saturday of November on the 16th at 1:00 pm.

Guest speaker – Doug Moore a professor at UW Stevens Point will be our guest speaker for Nov. 16. He will be talking on Thunder eggs.  No that is not eggs laid during a “thunder storm”.  Come and learn just what Thunder eggs are and where they can be found.

 Finds were:

Richard Niemyjski – 1960 D dime, 4 wheat cents, 1933 Canadian cent, 15 Fair tokens, 47 Memorial cents, and 16 clad quarters & dime.

Donations to the raffle were from:  Bev Bender, Capt. Bob Minshall, Diane North, Mike Fait, Valery Thompson, Robert Wysocky, Gary & Jeanne Morrison, Barb  Bublitz, and Mike Flint.   Everyone is always so generous with their donations, with new and useful items that a lot of you have donated.  We thank all of you.


50/50 raffle winner – Richard Niemyjski - $34.50.  That is 2 months in a row!!!!!!

Gold raffle winners: Robert Wysocky – gold nugget & Diane North – Thermal City paydirt.

 Gold Price on 10/31/13 was $1322.70                Silver Price on 10/31/13 was $21.91

 Respectfully submitted by Diane North – Secretary & Newsletter Editor

Earthquakes Turn Water into Gold  - - -  By Becky Oskin, OurAmazingPlanet

Earthquakes have the Midas touch, a new study claims.

Water in faults vaporizes during an earthquake, depositing gold, according to a model published in the March 17 issue of the journal Nature Geoscience. The model provides a quantitative mechanism for the link between gold and quartz seen in many of the world's gold deposits, said Dion Weatherley, a geophysicist at the University of Queensland in Australia and lead author of the study.

When an earthquake strikes, it moves along a rupture in the ground — a fracture called a fault. Big faults can have many small fractures along their length, connected by jogs that appear as rectangular voids. Water often lubricates faults, filling in fractures and jogs.

 About 6 miles (10 kilometers) below the surface, under incredible temperatures and pressures, the water carries high concentrations of carbon dioxide, silica and economically attractive elements like gold.

Shake, rattle and gold                                                                                                                                                                                                      During an earthquake, the fault jog suddenly opens wider. It's like pulling the lid off a pressure cooker: The water inside the void instantly vaporizes, flashing to steam and forcing silica, which forms the mineral quartz, and gold out of the fluids and onto nearby surfaces, suggest Weatherley and co-author Richard Henley, of the Australian National University in Canberra.

While scientists have long suspected that sudden pressure drops could account for the link between giant gold deposits and ancient faults, the study takes this idea to the extreme, said Jamie Wilkinson, a geochemist at Imperial College London in the United Kingdom, who was not involved in the study.

"To me, it seems pretty plausible. It's something that people would probably want to model either experimentally or numerically in a bit more detail to see if it would actually work," Wilkinson told OurAmazingPlanet.

Previously, scientists suspected fluids would effervesce, bubbling like an opened soda bottle, during earthquakes or other pressure changes. This would line underground pockets with gold. Others suggested minerals would simply accumulate slowly over time.

Weatherley said the amount of gold left behind after an earthquake is tiny, because underground fluids carry at most only one part per million of the precious element. But an earthquake zone like New Zealand's Alpine Fault, one of the world's fastest, could build a mineable deposit in 100,000 years, he said.

Surprisingly, the quartz doesn't even have time to crystallize, the study indicates. Instead, the mineral comes out of the fluid in the form of nanoparticles, perhaps even making a gel-like substance on the fracture walls. The quartz nanoparticles then crystallize over time. [Gold Quiz: From Nuggets to Flecks]

Even earthquakes smaller than magnitude 4.0, which may rattle nerves but rarely cause damage, can trigger flash vaporization, the study finds.

"Given that small-magnitude earthquakes are exceptionally frequent in fault systems, this process may be the primary driver for the formation of economic gold deposits," Weatherley told OurAmazingPlanet.

The hills have gold
Quartz-linked gold has sourced some famous deposits, such as the placer gold that sparked the 19th-century California and Klondike gold rushes. Both de
posits had eroded from quartz veins upstream. Placer gold consists of particles, flakes and nuggets mixed in with sand and gravel in stream and river beds. Prospectors traced the gravels back to their sources, where hard-rock mining continues today.

But earthquakes aren't the only cataclysmic source of gold. Volcanoes and their underground plumbing are just as prolific, if not more so, at producing the precious metal. While Weatherley and Henley suggest that a similar process could take place under volcanoes, Wilkinson, who studies volcano-linked gold, said that's not the case.

 "Beneath volcanoes, most of the gold is not precipitated in faults that are active during earthquakes," Wilkinson said. "It's a very different mechanism."

Understanding how gold forms helps companies prospect for new mines. "This new knowledge on gold-deposit formation mechanisms may assist future gold exploration efforts," Weatherley said.

In their quest for gold, humans have pulled more than 188,000 tons (171,000 metric tons) of the metal from the ground, exhausting easily accessed sources, according to the World Gold Council, an industry group

Items for Sale:

Tomah Gold Club t-shirts – with Gold Club emblem and created either with your personal name or without your name.  Contact Mike Fait if you are interested.

Officers – all officers were re-elected for 2014.

President – Michael Fait ( 715-384-9265

Vice-President – Gary Morrison 715-316-2160

Secretary – Diane North ( 608-635-7031

Treasure – Gayle Fait ( 715-384-9265

Outing Chairman – Richard Niemyjski ( 608-637-3295

Claims Director – Richard Niemyjski ( 608-637-3295

State Director – Mike Flint ( 608-372-0694

Upcoming Events

November 2, 2013 – Wausau Prospector Meeting – Cedar Creek Mall in Wausau – 11:00 am

November 16, 2013 – Tomah Club Meeting at Town of LaGrange Town Hall – at 1:00 pm

December 7, 2013 – Wausau Prospector Meeting – Cedar Creek Mall in Wausau – 11:00 am

December 21, 2013 - Tomah Club Meeting at Town of LaGrange Town Hall – at 1:00 pm – Meeting and Christmas Party.     

 Wisconsin Area Clubs

Greenbush Wisconsin GPAA Chapter – holds their meetings on the 2nd Saturday of each month at 3:00 pm in the Greenbush Town Hall, N644 Sugarbush Rd, Greenbush Wi. – Contact: Ron Smith 920-207-4092

Midstate Metal Detecting Club – meets every 3rd Wednesday at 7:00 pm at Shooters Bar and Restaurant at the intersection of Hwy 39 and 54, next to the Shell Station.  Contact: Steve Miller 715-572-1845

Wausau Prospectors – meets the 1st Saturday of the month at 11:00 am in the community room at Cedar Creek Mall next to I-39 just north of Gander Mountain.  Take I-39 exit 185.  Contact:  Kurt Bublitz 715-340-2831 or e-mail

Wisconsin Northwoods Adventures GPAA Chapter – holds their meetings on the 2nd Saturday of every month at 11:00 am, at B.S. on Main, 34 N Main St. Rice Lake, Wi.  Contact: Mike Wiersma 715-833-7603