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  1. Angel Poop Adam? Nice collection! πŸ”œ ↩️ πŸ›ƒ What the eLL is an Emoji?? πŸ’― ✏️ πŸ’² 🐜 😩 πŸ‘½ I had a friend who served in the pacific in WWII. He called the Japanese "those slanty eyed former enemies of mine". He had problems letting things go. πŸ‘΅ So is this Emoji thing... πŸ‘€ ...Is this more Japanese retribution? πŸ‘ž The guy with the personal problem with Japanese is dead now but he used to be a big shot in the Scottsdale school system. πŸ‚ πŸ– 🐳 I think Adam might have gotten his Angel poop from my backyard stash. Is that the right Emoji? Nice! πŸ’˜
  2. clay

    Mineral Tresspass

    Thanks for the first hand info. I'm curious, what federal law was broken?
  3. clay

    Mineral Tresspass

    I think you misunderstood what you read GeoJack. There is no such crime as "Grand Larceny" in California. If a larceny (property theft) exceeds $950 in value it is the crime of Grand Theft. There are exceptions to the $950 rule but those involve fruit, vegetables, livestock, fish product, guns, autos and robbery of a person etc. Here's the California criminal laws governing theft of minerals I have found: Section 487(d) appears to be distinct from the exceptions to the $950 threshold in 487(b). From that I get that mineral grand theft is a crime punishable by imprisonment. I'm not seeing grand larceny or the concept that thefts of minerals worth less than $950 are Grand Theft. Thefts of less than $950 are a petty crime - still a crime but not big jail or fines. If you have other sources or input on California mineral law I'm eager to be educated. The California laws are complex and sometimes obscure but I've learned that if you see the law as a totality and not little snippets the meaning can be very different from what those snippets seem to imply. I may be wrong but I'd hate to see claim owners thinking that any minerals take from their claims amount to Grand Larceny. Thinking that way could lead to even more Sheriffs shaking their heads and wondering where miners get these ideas. The Sheriff should be the miners best friend but when they get called out for campers taking a few pretty rocks they tend to become inclined to treat mining claim problems as a nuisance rather than a matter of serious concern. That's just human nature. If you can prove a particular person or persons have taken valuable minerals from your claim by all means pursue a complaint and help the authorities to prosecute the thieves. Better yet is to summon the Sheriff when the thieves are still in the act. Anything less than that is really just a civil matter. A simple report of suspected criminal activity to the Sheriff at their office is enough to get a record started for your civil case and inform the Sheriff there is a problem they should be aware of. Calling the Sheriff to visit you at the site without a thief and proof in hand will just PO the Sheriff and waste their time. That could very well negatively influence the Sheriff's response the next time they get a call from a mining claim owner.
  4. clay

    Mineral Tresspass

    You need to catch them in the act with proof they possess gold from your claim and then you have to be willing to press charges. If you have less than positive identification and proof or you are unwilling to pursue charges you are just wasting the Sheriff's time. Theft is theft. Mineral trespass is indeed a civil matter. Sheriffs have a positive duty to the public to pursue known thieves. They have no duty to enforce your mineral claim rights. I'll just leave this here for the doubters. Two charged with grand theft at Foresthill site after vial of gold discovered
  5. clay

    King Tuts Knife

    I've held both daggers. The meteorite one has a quartz crystal pommel with two opposing through pins. The other dagger is all gold with some cloisonne on the handle. The blade is a peculiar gold alloy formulated to hold an edge. Better picture of the all gold dagger with it's gold sheath: The obverse of the sheath on the gold one is decorated with various animals attacking other animals. Nice stuff.
  6. clay

    14.9 Grams of Ugly

    Bill your Green Magic Cleaner has a pH between 11 - 14. Your HCl has a pH of about 3. Add them together and you neutralize both. You might as well just soak them in water. Try soaking in the Green Magic for a day or two and then throw it straight into the HCl. It probably won't remove the iron stain (I wouldn't think either one would) but it will produce some interesting smells and the thermal shock should beak some little stuff loose. If you are lucky you will get some pretty colored smoke momentarily. I'm sure the Hydroflouric will do the trick. It's really effective at breaking down the iron. Or you could use Potassium Ferrocyanide and Hydrogen Peroxide (both cheap) and turn that iron stain to Prussian Blue. More attractive and very confusing to gold buyers. Isn't chemistry fun?
  7. Tulips are the coming thing. We are gonna be rich rich rich! I'm gonna grow mine in the South Seas and double down. Wanna trade some meteorites for a beautiful acre of irrigated land in Florida?
  8. 72 pounds from the Barringer patented mining claims.
  9. 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.
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    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.
  11. clay

    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.
  12. clay

    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.
  13. clay

    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.
  14. 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.
  15. With the desert prospecting season just starting it's a good time to show off what I did this summer. I have been working with a few friends on a new non-profit organization to give you a single place for all your land research. The result is MyLandMatters.Org. This is the gateway to your land information repository. Maps, books, tutorials, community resources and quality, easy-to-access information about the land around you. No ads, No memberships, No log-in required. This past spring while sitting around with some friends we came to the conclusion that most of the important and useful things that we want to know about the land around us was difficult to locate and tough to understand. Despite the many sources of information there was no one place to find the information available. We decided we could do something about that. We agreed to put our time and energy into creating a single place that anyone could find the answers to questions about the land. It's a big project. It has taken a lot of work, learning and resources to get things started. But after six months of long days, and more than a few nights, the Land Matters repository is ready for you to use. Land Matters is all about the land. You can find Land Status Maps, Active Mining Claims Maps (with live direct links into the current LR2000 claims database), A great collection of mining books, Land Laws, Geology books and maps, Forest Travel Plans and a whole lot more. Land Matters is for land users. Our collections are guided by community input. That's you. Let us know what kind of material you would like to find in our Library or a particular map you would like to see. Help us build Land Matters to best serve the community. We've already got a lot of things that prospectors have been asking for - the claims maps alone were almost universally requested. Land Matters isn't just for prospectors and miners. But you can help prioritize our efforts and drive the content of Land Matters. Prospectors now have a unique opportunity to help build an information resource designed by prospectors and for prospectors. We are just getting started filling the Library but there will be hundreds of books, maps and items added in the next few weeks. We've even got a Newsletter so you can get regular updates about new additions to the Land Matters repository. Check it out and let me know what you think. Here are a few good places to start: Tutorials - the current focus is on understanding Land Status. Maps - We all like maps and we've got some you will love. Library - search for something. Barry & Leigh
  16. 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.
  17. clay

    Happy Birthday Jim Straight

    Happy Birthday Jim and many more to come!
  18. clay

    Happy Birthday MN90403

    Happy Birthday Mitchel It's gonna be a good year for you! Barry & Leigh
  19. 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.
  20. clay

    Miners Christmas

    Wishing You a Happy Holiday From the folks at Land Matters
  21. ???? 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.
  22. 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
  23. What do YOU want for Christmas?
  24. clay

    This is a MUST get...

    For some reason "broad side of a barn" keeps popping up in my head. Looks cool though.