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Geologist, Author, Public Speaker, Martial Artist, Artist














Vitae - W. Dan Hausel

W. Dan Hausel graduated from the University of Utah in Geology in 1972 and 1974. Since 1975, he has worked as a consultant for various companies (Bald Mountain Mining, Echo Bay Exploration, Chevron Resources, Western Gold Exploration and Mining, North American Exploration, Western Archon, and others) and as a research geologist for the Wyoming State Geological Survey (WSGS). Currently, he occupies the position of Senior Economic Geologist for the WSGS where his duties include investigations related to precious and base metals, gemstones, mineralogy, mining districts, Archean greenstone belts and diamondiferous host rocks.


During the past 28 years, he mapped more than 600 mi2 of historic mining districts and Precambrian geology including the two largest kimberlite districts in the US. His work has resulted in the discovery of some diamond, colored gemstone occurrences, several base and precious metal occurrences and deposits, as well as a previously unrecognized gold district in Wyoming (Rattlesnake Hills) and two of the largest iolite (water sapphire) gemstone deposits in the world. While on leave from the state, he has consulted on several diamond and gold projects around North America, and provided the initial mapping on the Donlin Creek gold deposit in southwestern Alaska, which is now considered to be the largest undeveloped gold deposit in North America.


He has authored or co-authored more than 500 books, professional papers, general interest articles and geological maps, and lectured to hundreds of groups around North America and has presented more than 400 lectures, field trips and short courses. In 1992, he was awarded the American Association of Petroleum Geologist's Energy Mineral's Division President's Award and the Wyoming Geological Association's (WGA) Certificate of Appreciation for Outstanding Endeavors and Contributions. In 1994, he was a Distinguished Lecturer for the Laramie Lyceum; in 1998, was listed as a Distinguished Lecturer of the University of Wyoming Department of Geology and Geophysics, and was also presented the Prospector's Best Friend Award by the Rocky Mountain Prospectors and Treasure Hunters. In 2001, he was presented the Education Award and elected to the National Rock Hound and Lapidary Hall of Fame for his contributions to the education of rock hounds and amateur mineralogists, in 2003, he was elected to the Colorado Chapter of the International Order of Ragged Ass Miners and in 2004 he was the recipient of the WGA’s, Distinguished Service Award for contributions to the understanding of the geology of Wyoming. His achievements have been highlighted in several Who’s Who documents including Who's Who in Science & Engineering, Who's Who in the West, Who's Who in America, Who's Who in the World, 2,000 Notable American Men, and 5,000 Personalities of the World. Additionally, due to his contributions to geology along with martial arts, art, writing, public speaking.


Dan has received international recognition for his work on geology and diamond deposits including Man of Science Award from the American Biographical Institute, and recently was selected to receive the Archimedes’s Award for Contributions to the Geological Sciences to be presented at the University of Cambridge, England this summer.


His hobbies include art and martial arts – he has been inducted into 12 Halls of Fame for his contributions to martial arts.




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