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    Watchful eyes in the right direction.
  2. Happy Birthday Grubstake

    Glad you had a good B-Day!

    I would think that any turning over of gravel, could put smaller size gold closer to the coil.

    From what I can remember Don, you had an area around the lake mostly brush free, but very steep in places.
  5. Happy Birthday Mike Furness

    Happy B-Day Mike!
  6. Meteor Over Michigan

    I don't plan on going hunting meteorites at any of those locations, but I'm SE of Chicago and about a 25 minute drive from Michigan. We do have recent enough meteorite fall areas here in the Midwest. Even in Ohio, a few years ago an archaeologist was doing a survey for the museum board, found 5 stony irons on the land tract of a French historic site in the Ohio Valley...that would be SE Ohio. No, I don't have time to research it out for a thread or plan meteorite hunting trips.
  7. Meteor Over Michigan

    Sorry, your comment wasn't there when I made mine, yours showed up first only because your clicker hit the reply submit before me.
  8. Meteor Over Michigan

    At the moment all these fires all broke out... " A steamship passing the Manitou Islands reported they were on fire."
  9. Meteor Over Michigan

    I found plenty of conflicting articles about the fire, they all agree on the story about being media fiction or fake news. The fire did start in the area of the barn though but of unknown cause. Some articles claim that a meteorite cannot start a fire. Here is one link to look at, it makes more sense than the others. The Comet and the Chicago Fire -- Science & Technology -- Sott.net This article is seemily endless, so I'm posting a portion of it to save you time or else just read the whole story later. Some forums have rules on the amount of content can be posted from a page, not sure about Nugget Shooter forum here, if not you can still use the link. " Sunday evening, October 8, 1871 marked the beginning of one of the most devastating fires in U.S. history. Legend has it that "The Great Chicago Fire" resulted from an agitated cow kicking over a lantern in "Mrs O'Leary's barn". The dry leaves and parched wood of Illinois in early autumn were the perfect kindling for a wildfire, and the fire spread with extraordinary rapidity, consuming homes and buildings, leaping from rooftop to rooftop with the speed of a locomotive. Between October 8 and 10, an estimated 350 people perished. The fire destroyed the homes of up to one-third of the city's population, about 1,600 stores, 60 factories, and 28 public buildings. Four square miles of the city burned to the ground. Contrary to popular folklore, the Chicago fire is not the worst in U.S. history. It was not even the worst to occur on October 8 that year. The same evening - in fact, at the same time, about 9:30 - a fierce wildfire struck in Peshtigo, Wisconsin, over 200 miles to the north of Chicago, destroying the town and a dozen other villages. Estimates of those killed range upward from 1200 to 2500 in a single night. It was not the Chicago fire but the simultaneous "Peshtigo Fire" that was the deadliest in U.S. history. And there is more. On the same evening, across Lake Michigan, another fire also wreaked havoc. Though smaller fires had been burning for some time - not unusual under the reported conditions - the most intense outburst appears to have erupted simultaneously with the Chicago and Peshtigo fires. The blaze is said to have then burned for over a month, consuming over 2,000,000 acres and killing at least 200. Concerning the Michigan outburst, it is reported that numerous fires endangered towns across the state. The city of Holland was destroyed by fire and in Lansing flames threatened the agricultural college. In Thumb, farmers fled an inferno that some newspapers dubbed, "The Fiery Fiend." Reports say that fires threatened Muskegon, South Haven, Grand Rapids, Wayland, reaching the outskirts of Big Rapids. A steamship passing the Manitou Islands reported they were on fire. There can be no doubt that weather conditions at the time favored wildfires. But never before, and never since, has the U.S. seen such wildly destructive simultaneous conflagrations. This "coincidence", combined with many unusual phenomena reported by eyewitnesses, has led some to conclude that an extraordinary force, one not of the earth, was a more likely "arson" than either a misbehaving cow or a regional drought. In 1883, Ignatius Donnelly, author of Ragnarok: the Rain of Fire and Gravel, suggested that in early historic times our Earth suffered great catastrophes from cometary intruders. To this claim he added: "There is reason to believe that the present generation has passed through the gaseous prolongation of a comet's tail, and that hundreds of human beings lost their lives". He was referring to the conflagration of 1871. Is there plausible evidence that a comet may have caused the Chicago fire and its regional counterparts? In 1985, Mel Waskin, who had earlier discovered Donnelly's work, published a book, Mrs. O'Leary's Comet, suggesting that a comet did indeed spark the October 8th fires. More recently, Robert Wood, a physicist and aeronautical engineer formerly with Douglas Aircraft and McDonnell Douglas, gained attention from the Discovery Channel and other media for proposing the same idea. The proponents of the cometary explanation cite many fascinating details confirmed by eye witness reports: the descent of fire from the heavens, a great "tornado" of fire rushing across the landscape and tearing buildings from their foundations, descending balls of fire, a rain of red dust, great explosions of wind accompanied by blasts of thunder, buildings exploding into flame where no fire was burning, and a good deal more. Some of the parallels with the later Tunguska event are impossible to miss. It seems that the records of the conflagration hold many clues that are almost never mentioned in scientific discussion of the Chicago fire. Over time the clues have virtually disappeared. They have disappeared because they are not meaningful to minds conditioned by popular ideas about how the "Chicago fire" started and what is "scientifically" possible. Within these habits of perception, the most important evidence will often go unnoticed or unremembered. Where was Comet Biela? A strange thing happened to comet Biela in 1845. The nucleus of the comet split into two partners. The "smaller" comet (lower left in the picture above), subsequently became more active and brighter than the larger. And that was only the beginning. In 1883, twelve years after the Chicago fire, Ignatius Donnelly published a widely read book, Ragnarok: the Rain of Fire and Gravel. Though the book dealt primarily with the evidence for cometary disasters in ancient times, Donnelly suggested that the Chicago fire provided a small glimpse of the terror experienced by our earlier ancestors. "There is reason to believe that the present generation has passed through the gaseous prolongation of a comet's tail, and that hundreds of human beings lost their lives".
  10. Meteor Over Michigan

    I will try to find one, but I watched on TV the entire scientific report about the meteorite explanation. Other towns at the very same moment caught fire, I think it was a town in S Indiana the entire town burned up. Fires must have started in a couple places either across the state line or close to it. I'm trying to give details here from memory alone, we need a good link now.
  11. Meteor Over Michigan

    It's been thawing weather still, even today. Extreme cold prior to the meteorite fall should keep the ice safer longer. Of course, much will depend on the weather conditions over the next week or so, that area has had more meteorite falls in the past 2-3 years. Last big one fell into Lake Michigan. Scientist believe now the historic Chicago fire was actually statred by meteorites instead of a cow kicking over a lamp. Scientific research supports this theory.

    Illegal barbed wire fence. Not good being stuck inside, here it has been a major flu and pneumonia season already, everybody's been fighting it.
  13. Bill Gates City near Phoenix?

    I just came from Yahoo and it's on there again in a different approach angle, I'm not going to read it nor look for investment opportunities of any type. What got my attention in the first place, it could be where I'd did some looking around. These rocks could have been about a 45 minute drive out into the desert from Phoenix. I thought the area was interesting and if happened to be the same location...possibly might be a place I'd consider living if affordable plus had the the money to do that, but not likely going to happen. But if the community is all high tech people, probably not going to be a good place after all. The rocks looked to me to be a type of lava. Sides of some were flattened with about a 1/4" layer of white sand or sea bottom, as it had small seashells embedded in the layers. Testing them at home later these reddish brown rocks were pure black magnetite inside.
  14. Bill Gates City near Phoenix?

    I didn't really check it out, it showed up in I think MSN or Yahoo news feed, apparently must have been a sponsered link. I've never used that website before and had no idea it would lead to that stuff. I'll try to remember in the future not to post any links or content from the site.
  15. You see, Bill Gates' City of Tomorrow will have everything you’d expect: Schools, offices, retail space, 80,000 residences, and high-speed internet. But these amenities are nothing compared to the REAL reason for this technological utopia. Something mysterious is happening in the Arizona desert 45 minutes outside Phoenix