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Dr. Ralph Roberts

Dr. Roberts, who passed away August 10, 2007 at the age of 96, is largely credited with discovery of the Carlin and Cortez-Battle Mountain gold belts. These two mineral trends now represent the richest gold region of the United States and one of the top gold producing regions of the world.

Working as Coral Gold's geological consultant from 1987 to 1994, Dr. Roberts helped the company acquire its key mineral claims at Crescent Valley, Nevada on the Cortez-Battle Mountain gold belt. He was later instrumental in Coral Gold's ongoing land acquisition and exploration of the area. At the time, Dr. Roberts predicted the Cortez-Battle Mountain trend would eventually rival the Carlin trend for gold discoveries and production. Today, with the many discoveries by Barrick and Kennecott in the Crescent Valley region, Dr. Roberts' prediction is approaching reality.

Dr. Roberts earned bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Washington and his Ph.D. from Yale University. During World War II he worked in Central America, where he had been sent to evaluate and develop strategic minerals deposits. After the war he returned to the United States and for the next 40 years he worked in Nevada and Utah, studying the geologic history of the basin and range and exploring mineral deposits. It was his now-famous paper "Alignement of mining districts in north-central Nevada" that led to the discovery of many of the country's richest gold deposits on the Carlin and Cortez-Battle Mountain trends.

For his fundamental contributions to geology and mineral exploration he received several awards, including the Distinguished Service Award from the US Department of the Interior, the Medal of Merit from the American Mining Hall of Fame, and most recently, the Distinguished Service to the Minerals Industry Award from the Northwest Mining Association. He also had a strong interest in supporting the work of aspiring geologists, and in 1996 endowed a fund for student research fellowships at the University of Nevada. The university worked with the Nevada mining industry, the Nevada Bureau of Mines, and the Geological Survey to create the Ralph J. Roberts Center for Research in Economic Geology at the University of Nevada.

In 2002 his autobiography, A Passion for Gold, was published by the University of Nevada Press. In it he provides the details of his life, including his beloved family, his history as a research scientist, and his passion for gold deposits that underscored his entire career. There is a section of the book describing his tenure with Coral Gold and how he helped the company acquire its key properties.

Video of the late Dr. Ralph Roberts, discussing the Cortez-Battle Mountain trend and Coral Gold's properties - Click Here to View