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Geologist, Author, Public Speaker, Martial Artist, Artist


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Vitae - W. Dan Hausel

I graduated from the University of Utah in Geology in 1972 and 1974. In 2006, I was awarded an honorary PhD in Japanese Martial Arts Sciences from the International University of Sports & Martial Arts Sciences. Since 1975, I have 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 and Deputy Director for the Wyoming State Geological Survey (WSGS). Currently, I own a geological consulting firm (W. Dan Hausel Geological Consulting LLC) with offices in Laramie, Wyoming and Gilbert, Arizona, I am the US Exploration Manager for DiamonEx Ltd (Brisbane, Australia), I occupy a seat on the board of Directors for Ice Resources (Calgary) and also consult for Teras Gold (Calgary, Canada) as their Archean gold expert. I specialize in Economic Geology and have focused on projects related to precious and base metals, gemstones, mineralogy, mining districts, Archean greenstone belts and diamondiferous host rocks.


During the past 30 years, I mapped >700 mi2 of historic mining districts and some of the more complex Precambrian geology in Wyoming including the two largest kimberlite districts in the US and the largest lamproite field in North America. My mapping projects resulted in the completion of maps of three Archean greenstone belts and a high-grade supracrustal belt along with other mineralized terrains. My work resulted in the discovery of several diamond, colored gemstone occurrences, 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)(with accessory sapphire-ruby-kyanite) gemstone deposits in the world. I was able to recover the two largest iolite gemstones in the world from these deposits (1,750 carats and 24,150 carats) but left some specimens in the outcrop that will top >1 million carats! I was working on a third iolite deposit that is potentially the largest gemstone deposit it the world (estimated resource of 2.4 trillion carats), but resigned from the WSGS in January, 2007, as I had had enough of government bureaucracies.


During the past, I 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.


I authored or co-authored >500 books, professional papers, general interest articles and geological maps and lectured to hundreds of groups around North America presenting >400 invited lectures, field trips and short courses. In 1992, I was awarded the American Association of Petroleum Geologist's President's Award and the Wyoming Geological Association's (WGA) Certificate of Appreciation for Outstanding Endeavors and Contributions. In 1994, I was a Distinguished Lecturer for the Laramie Lyceum. In 1998, I was a Distinguished Lecturer for the University of Wyoming Department of Geology and Geophysics and was presented the Prospector's Best Friend Award by the Rocky Mountain Prospectors and Treasure Hunters. In 2001, I was presented the Education Award and was elected to the National Rock Hound and Lapidary Hall of Fame for contributions to the education of rock hounds and amateur mineralogists. In 2003, I was elected to the Colorado Chapter of the International Order of Ragged Ass Miners and in 2004, was the recipient of the Wyoming Geological Association's Distinguished Service Award for Contributions to the Understanding of the Geology of Wyoming. My 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, Men of Science and 2,000 Outstanding Scientists of the 20th Century.


I have been honored with international recognition for my pragmatic work in geology and diamond deposits. The honors included induction into the American Biographical Institute's Milleniuum Hall of Fame, receipient of the Man of Science Award, and the Archimedes’s Award for Contributions to the Geological Sciencesthat was presented at the University of Cambridge in England.


My hobbies include art and martial arts – and I have been inducted into 13 Halls of Fame for my contributions to martial arts.




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