Geology, Ancient History with a Modern Twist in the Mother Lode

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A drive through the Mother Lode reveals not only beautiful scenery and unique towns, but also a little bit of the way it was knit together. Quartz veins with their precious gold enticement drew droves of people to the area during the Gold Rush, but those veins were just part of a larger picture that gives the Mother Lode is landscape.

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Geology, Ancient History with a Modern Twist in the Mother LodeCutline: Many buildings in the Mother Lode, like this one in Volcano, were made of limestone.By Sarah LunsfordWord count: 1,549A drive through the Mother Lode reveals not only beautiful scenery and unique towns, but also a little bit of the way it was knit together.Quartz veins with their precious gold enticement drew droves of people to the area during the Gold Rush, but those veins were just part of a larger picture that gives the Mother Lode is landscape.Theres such rich geologic history in the area that its quite an exciting area to be in, said Russ Shoemaker, educator and owner of Stories and Stones.At one time, most of the area was part of an inland sea much like the Great Barrier Reef in Australia.All of this area, during past geologically, was under the sea, said Shoemaker.Visual remnants of that era are seen in the limestone that still exists.Anytime you see limestone is evidence of coral reefs, said Eric Costa, gold exploration geologist.Marble, a form of limestone, outcroppings can be seen around Columbia and Murphys as examples of what remains of those ancient coral

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