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Micro Nugget

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    Aftermarket Coil for GPZ 7000 ?

    I agree Mike, a bit faster than I'm used to. Also, note the humongous chunk of iron he wears strapped so low down on his left leg. That seems to be what is inducing the rhythmic high tones that are cadenced to his swings. This is one reason I hunt with smoothing on and with virtually no metallic object lower than my waist. I prefer dead quiet until a target in the ground is encountered -- not something that is attached to me. My (admittedly old and declining) brain just gets numbed out listening to all that unnecessary racket. But for those who can adapt to the constant sound modulations, more power to them. I say use whatever works best for your individual situation.
  2. Yup, Ron, I totally agree. We are very careful not to put any food out. The various types of rats, gophers and ground squirrels can be quite destructive. We maintain a solar powered recirculating fountain in our cactus garden and, like you, we observe a remarkable variety of wildlife during the days while our three dogs patrol our property. But at night we bring the dogs in due to mountain lions who come down from the mountain. They have attacked a neighboring dude ranch several times, mauling a number of horses.
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    Here ya go,..."OMG!!"

    Viewing those big nuggets just stokes my imagination so well...
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    4 July Dinks and a little Hmmmm?

    Nice piece of work. Regularly getting the tiny ones is the mark of a seasoned nuggetshooter.
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    1.7 oz Nevada Nugget!!

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    Odd Places

    Taking a really long distance look back in time one realizes that oceans once may have covered an area that is now dry land. Thinking like a gold nugget, one then realizes that there are many, many iterations of differing geologic possibilities to explain the seeming randomness of where nuggets are found. The good news is that sometimes nuggets are found in patches and after several patches are found a larger "rear view" time mirror begins to take shape in the form of an extensive "field" comprised of the many patches. That is where I usually try to concentrate my efforts. This is so because by focussing on zones where the gold pops up in bunches the odds then begin to work in my favor. Sometimes though -- many times actually -- when searching for patches we all encounter the mystifying "lone wolf" nuggets that just seem to defy all explanations. And that is part of the charm or lore of nugget shooting that makes it, IMHO, such a satisfying and challenging endeavor.
  7. Last Sunday night (6-10-18) a BLM officer responded to a Joshua Tree National Park request to assist in the pursuit of an OHV. The chase departed from the park and ended on BLM land in the vicinity of Berdoo Canyon Road and Dillon Road. Not many details have been released other than there was a shot fired by the BLM officer at the end of the chase and an unnamed woman was shot and taken to the hospital. The officer was placed on administrative leave. Anyone know of any factual details? The usual standard in assessing these types of incidents is whether the officer was in fear of his life.
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    TWO EQ 800

    Any updates yet Bill on arrival of new shipment? Please let me know when they come in. I would like to buy one from you.
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    Lida Palmetto Tule Canyon Nevada area Finds

    I get the impression of butter on a nickel bun. Gorgeous finds!
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    GPZ7000 Strikes Again

    After yesterday's "Honey Do" chores I got a chance to swing my favorite detector. How nice it was to leave behind the press of day-to-day lists, tasks and sundry minor urgencies. Immersing one's self in the solitude and wide open spaces of Southern California's high desert refreshes my deepest innards. It is especially soothing to come home at the end of the day with a nice one in the poke.
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    GPZ7000 Strikes Again

    Yes Andyy, a very unusual pattern on this bad girl. The opposite side has character also. Weight: 1.4g exactly. Down about 8 inches beneath hardpacked cobbles in a gulley on a club claim.
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    Lead mining

    Hey Edge, I can feel your pain digging lead. It can be aggravating. A couple of months ago it cost me quite a bit of sweat equity just to recover a smallish, steel jacketed bullet. I was absolutely certain that I had a nugget because the ground was hardpacked and I didn't hit decomposing granite (false bedrock) until 22 or 24 inches. It never ceases to amaze me how those bullets find their way so seemingly impossibly deep. Fortunately my truck was nearby and I was able to use a shovel. Still, it took me around a half hour. Oh well, just one of those "realities" we all have to live with...
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    Desert Gold !

    Ahhh, how satisfying to see those nuggs basking in the sun. Thanks Adam for the "mood boost".
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    I Found A Specimen With The Equinox

    I am impressed with Mitchel's 800. I was with him the day he recovered his specie. After scrubbing the surface with water to get rid of the surface crud and dust we examined it with a magnifying glass. We could clearly see gold speckled along both sides of one edge. We found a spot without any trash contamination (not an easy thing right next to the still intact collar and head frame of a very old hard rock mine) and Mitchel began demonstrating how the 800 consistently registered a "1" when passed over the specie. I passed the coil of my 7000 back and forth over his specie and was able to get a fairly robust signal from up to 12" or 14" above it. Then we moved a short distance to an old sorting pile to see if the 800 could pick out an old discard chunk that was hiding its internal gold. We got excited when the 800 began consistently registering a "1" over one particular spot. Unfortunately the source of the signal turned out to be a very old crumpled up small wad of aluminum foil. That evening at my place it was pitch black outside so we took a powerful LED flashlight of mine and "candled" the translucent slab of specie. By so doing we were able to make out what appeared to be an internal gold inclusion that was approximately an inch or so from from one point to another. The milky quartz, however, was not clear enough to allow visual verification of whether or how much of the gold mass was interconnected. A conductivity test should settle that question. Now I want an 800 because there are many, many discard piles in places near to where I live and I can foresee some enjoyable hours spent trying to ferret out some hidden "micro nugget" gold!!
  15. Here are 17.38g of SoCal high desert natural gold nuggets I recovered recently. Many folks say that happiness is having what you want. But to me true happiness is wanting what you have...and sharing it.
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    TWO EQ 800

    Hey Bill: Sign me up for an 800 when it becomes available. Thanks!
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    Popped the Gold Monster Cherry

    The "fair share of trash" may help explain why others missed these nuggs. Just goes to show you what a determined prospector can accomplish especially if armed with a high tech detector like the GM1000.
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    Little Spring Wash - Revisited

    Wow, Adam, I somehow missed seeing this thread until just now. Another great job of an in situ photo. BTW, was that makeshift file found at or near to where the nuggets were found?
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    Dinky Dinks

    Long story short: It's still a good story...
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    I've been with WSPA since the beginning -- member #5. Over the years I've observed different styles from different folks; totally normal to expect in any volunteer group. Sometimes you get folks who tend to row together; then the "ship of state" plows onwards and stays pretty much on course. Other times a few who are responsible for tending to the helm may row more vigorously or less vigorously than the others; then the ship may tend to bob and drift. Meanwhile, the general membership seem to enjoy the cruise and catch plenty of fish regardless of course adjustments. As Fred commented, "It is what it is..." Over time a number of folks entirely unconnected with this forum have discovered WSPA, adding new flavors to the soup and making me want to remain a member.
  21. Rod: Those photos of yours taken with your new camera are better than "halfway decent." I'd say the photographer deserves some credit for the composition. Real talent isn't easy to hide.
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    Another Surprise

    I'm glad you posted this because I have a number of ironstones and hot rocks that I want to crush but keep procrastinating. Now I'm motivated. If I don't do it quick I likely will have forgotten where they came from.
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    Got A Few Weekend Nuggets

    Despite gusts in the 40 to 50 mph range I managed to snag some nuggets on club claims using my GPZ7000. All of these came from very trashy sectors so that gives me an idea of how they were missed before. Right around one pennyweight for the weekend.
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    Bucket Dredge Pics - 1940's to 1960's

    Yup, those slides are "nuggets" in themselves. Great post; great comments!
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    Great day to be looking for gold in AZ.

    Tom: Just for giggles maybe try suspending that Fatso from a thread and dangle it back and forth in front of a strong magnet. See if there is any attraction at all. If so, then likely there is some magnetite inside of it. That may explain the weird response. Just speculating...