Who is John Livermore?
John Livermore has found or helped to find four gold deposits. The Carlin deposit, from which the current gold bonanza evolved, was the first. Livermore is also known as the man who discovered invisible gold. His extraordinary success is venerated by both prospectors and geologists, and that is in itself an achievement, since prospectors and geologists rarely agree.*
In 1961, after reading an article in USGS Professional Paper 400-B (1960), written by Ralph J. Roberts entitled Alinement of Mining Districts in North-Central Nevada, and then hearing a talk presented by Roberts at a meeting of the Eastern Nevada Geological Society at the Nevada Hotel in Ely, Livermore, then a Newmont Mining Company geologist, pursued Roberts' theory to track down the 4 million ounce gold ore body known as the Carlin deposit.
Today, the Carlin trend and its sister near Battle Mountain have yielded gold reserves in excess of 90 million ounces or nearly $30 billion and those figures could double in the next 10 years, Roberts believes.
* Excerpted from: Seabrook, John, A Reporter At Large: Invisible Gold, New Yorker 65(10):45-81, April 24, 1989.