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  1. 72 pounds from the Barringer patented mining claims.
  2. 950 miners trapped in South Africa

    Rock temperatures at 3,000 foot run about 80 degrees. The excessive temperatures that can kill you start in the 8,000 foot depth range. They have water, light and communication. They will survive but the company really should be paying them triple overtime for the inconvenience. There are about 21 deaths on average in United States coal mines alone each year. In South Africa the rate for all mines is about 50 a year. All of those deaths are avoidable. I doubt a miner trapped in a South African mine feels much different than a miner trapped in the United States. It looks like these 950 miners will be out soon despite the fumbling of their employer.
  3. It's not a Travel Management Plan it's an interagency Programmatic Agreement to help provide access to historic sites. The agreement is part of a Grant from Arizona State Parks. There are specific limitations to the agreement, probably the most important of which follows: It's confusing because it's government speak for "we ain't gonna do nuthin but soak up some of this free Grant money from the State of Arizona". In the military this would be known as a Cluster F***. Most certainly mind numbing but it is not a Travel Management Plan.
  4. Mineral id?

    Yeah it could be Hemimorphite on limonite. Are you thinking the yellow crystals on top are Wulfenite Adam? I figured the yellow could be Laumonite as it's pretty common with zeolites. It also has a crystal habit that resembles the yellow streaks in the picture. Truth be told no matter how big the picture is displayed it's not detailed enough to see crystal structure. Adam could be right I could be right. All the minerals being discussed have a white streak. I'm old school mineral guy in that I like to see crystal habitat and angles to help determine type. With phones becoming everybody's camera I can rarely see enough detail to use crystal habit and structure. Just a hint to phone and digital camera users - never use digital zoom, it makes the picture size a lot bigger but it destroys details and you gain nothing in quality.
  5. Mineral id?

    It looks like the zeolite minerals Chabazite, Analcime and possibly Mesolite. Usually found in low temperature basalts and flows. Those are all soft minerals and they look fairly weather worn but it's hard to tell exactly what's going on because of the quality of the photos.
  6. Rolling the dice!!

    She Who Must Be Obeyed No COA just a pencil signature - Not Canyon Diablo - Bermuda meteorites from eBay. You can get anything on eBay. I have meteorites signed by Thomas Jefferson too but those are signed with sharpie - very rare. All my Canyon Diablo I collected myself.
  7. Rolling the dice!!

    The surface chip is probably from where it bounced when it hit Algeria Rocky. Considering the trajectory from Algeria to California in must have come in fast and real low. Got any interest in a genuine Bermuda meteorite that I found in the desert south of Tucson? I've collected quite a few of those and SWMBO says I either have to build a wall with them or sell them. I put a lot of time and money into finding these little buggers but I'll give you a smokin' deal. I've even got a few I found on eBay signed by Nininger himself.
  8. We are friends of the landowners on Glorieta and will probably hunt there this summer by invitation. Unfortunately too many meteorite hunters have hunted the private lands there without permission in the past. Disrespect of property rights is frowned upon. There is now a lot of suspicion of anyone traveling or hunting there without a local. A lot has changed in that area over the last 15 years or so and the Grantees aren't as tolerant of uninvited visitors as they once were. The Sheriff needs those local's votes so he can stay in office and the Judge is elected by those same people. They understand the feelings of the people who own the land there and take trespassing complaints by them seriously. The alternative to that system would be much more unpleasant so sneaking around those property owners would be a poor choice - better to face the Sheriff than Los Hermanos. If you want to hunt Gloreita these days it's best if you have a personal invitation. The people there are generally friendly and if you speak high Spanish and show respect for the Penitente culture you probably won't have too much problem getting an invite.
  9. As they do twice a month Land Matters updated their free Mining Claims Maps. That claims map information is current as of January 1st. The mining year is now four months along. In the last 4 months there were 6,479 mining claims closed and 14,854 new claims located as of January 1, 2018. That's a net gain of 8,375 new mining claims in the first third of the 2018 mining year! As of January 1, 2018 there were 391,907 active mining claims in the BLM database. That's a big number but it represents less than 1% of all the public lands open to location.
  10. Happy Birthday Jim Straight

    Happy Birthday Jim and many more to come!
  11. Happy Birthday MN90403

    Happy Birthday Mitchel It's gonna be a good year for you! Barry & Leigh
  12. Miners Christmas

    Wishing You a Happy Holiday From the folks at Land Matters
  13. The USGS just released their latest Professional Paper 1802 Critical mineral resources of the United States–Economic and environmental geology and prospects for future supply. This thing is a monster! 862 pages and a 170 Mb download. That is a big download for a lot of people so we shrunk their bloated PDF down to 30 Mb. It's got all the stuff the bigger one does but the graphics are scaled down to web user size. You can download the full 862 page report directly from Land Matters. This huge report is fine in itself but to really understand what's in it we figured a map of all the locations would help. You can load up the Critical Minerals interactive Map right in your browser and study it along with your book. We've added the mines of the world as well as some basic base layers so you can compare the report locations to known historical and current mines. We'll be adding more features to that map soon. If you need to print out the book in it's original high resolution form you can find it at the USGS Publications Warehouse.
  14. ???? I never accused you of claim jumping. Reading is fundamental. I did know you had joined Roadrunner club. You were the one that posted a map of "the red square is where I detected". Clearly a lot more area than the roadrunner claims encompass. I shared a resource to help you in the future. You are welcome.
  15. Ummm ... Jennifer I think you need to learn how to do your land status research. There are 2- 20 acre Roadrunner claims there totaling 40 acres. There are an additional 100 acres of current active mining claims around the Roadrunner claims. This resource might help you avoid higrading in the future. There are current active claims on that map as well as links to the County Recorder to so you can download the claim location documents. I wish we had a resource for mining claims like B.C. but for now that's the most up to date claims mapping available in the United States. With the resources there you should be able to accomplish your legal obligation to perform due diligence before entering the public lands to prospect. I know American and Mexican washes up there have good gold. They have been producing for many years. The area the Roadrunner claims encompass are well situated to take advantage of that deposit. If you follow those workings up the west side of the ridge I think you will find they didn't get it all. Barry