Asked by: Ithaysa Rumeuscience geology
Where did the phrase Mother Lode come from?
Last Updated: 8th April, 2020
Click to see full answer.
Herein, where does the term Motherload come from?
Motherload does not exist in the English language. And mother lode refers to the source of gold from which small nuggets originated . The term was first used in the Californian goldfields in the 1840's.
Secondly, what does the mother load mean? Noun. motherload (plural motherloads) A very large amount of something, especially something valuable.
Correspondingly, is it mother load or mother lode?
Although you may dig a load of ore out of a mother lode, the spelling “motherload” is a mistake which is probably influenced by people thinking it means something like “the mother of all loads.” A “lode” was originally a stream of water, but by analogy it became a vein of metal ore.
What is the difference between placer and lode gold?
Lode mining is also called hard rock mining. When these lodes are disintegrated by natural erosion, such as water flowing over the rock, placer gold is the result - the deposit of loose surface soil or gravel that contains gold.