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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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
  8. Happy Birthday Jim Straight

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

    Happy Birthday Mitchel It's gonna be a good year for you! Barry & Leigh
  10. 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.
  11. Miners Christmas

    Wishing You a Happy Holiday From the folks at Land Matters
  12. ???? 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.
  13. 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
  14. What do YOU want for Christmas?
  15. This is a MUST get...

    For some reason "broad side of a barn" keeps popping up in my head. Looks cool though.
  16. Weaver Mining Dist. New Claims

    I checked the County Recorder too. Nothing there. Must be fake news.
  17. Weaver Mining Dist. New Claims

    Not showing up on the LR2000. Just the four claims they have had for years and the eight Sierra Hotel claims they made a year ago.
  18. I like Adam. He knows stuff. He's been really great at sharing that knowledge for years. He is outspoken but usually it's to the readers benefit. Does he rub some people the wrong way? Hell ya but he's not the only one. I've been known to pizz off a few folks myself. I doubt anyone here but Skip has a clean record on that account. I think this forum is Bill's thing. If he wants to control anything that happens here that's his right and privilege. I'll back him on his decisions about who posts here and what they post even if I disagree with him. I was taught when you are in someone else's house you follow their rules or go elsewhere. I have no opinion on an invisible "feud". Maybe I missed some drama along the way but I could care less. I hate drama and BS so much I don't watch television. Sometimes ignorance is a good thing in a world of made up news and sensitive snow flakes. On topic. (Not sure just what the topic is?) Hunting season can be rough anywhere there are inconsiderate idiots. In my opinion this story smells funny. A pistol hunter shoots a woman walking in a field because he thought she was a deer? And he hasn't been charged? There is more to this story than that brief article shared. I have a friend (hillbilly) that fed his family with a .22 pistol for many years. He's an incredible shot, one of the best I've ever seen. He took deer on a regular basis with his 22 long pistol. That's not an easy thing to do but he never lost a deer he had shot. A responsible shooter even when he was out of season and using the only gun he had. He lived near where this happened. I'm no good with a pistol, grew up hunting with rifles and I can very reliably hit stuff with a rifle. A pistol? Deer? I've seen it done but never in a field at close range unless chumming or a great blind was employed. Anyone who can take a deer with a pistol was already close enough to know whether his target was a deer or a human. Or they are an irresponsible idiot. He wasn't charged? Luckily there is no gold in southern New York. Prospectors are safe from this particular hunter wherever they may be mining.
  19. You might want to check out this map. It appears the 1,000 gram Rio Rancho meteorite was found near you in 2011. Then there is the famous Glorietta pallasite up past Santa Fe. Those are private land areas but folks in New Mexico are pretty friendly ... if you ask first. The odds of a meteorite fall are essentially the same for every spot on earth. They are much easier to see on dry lake beds or non mineral prairie which explains why they are mostly found there. Keep looking and you could find a previously undiscovered fall.
  20. A review Anyone who uses the BLM LR2000 search function knows it can be a challenge to get meaningful results. Often the service is down but you aren't notified of a problem with the system until you go through the whole complex search process to discover there was an "error". Frustrating at times. Well it appears the BLM decided it was time to change the look and feel of the LR2000 search function. They notified users months ago that they were working on an improved version but they caught a lot of people by surprise when they introduced the NEW! IMPROVED! LR2000 on November 1 and shut down the functions of the OLD! BAD! LR2000 at the same time. Problem was they didn't tell anyone. The old LR2000 still appears to be there and will allow you to do a search. That search returns an error, as mentioned earlier that's not unexpected or uncommon when using the LR2000. I use the LR2000 a lot when I need the most recent information on a land or claim case file. It took me nearly 24 hours after the changeover to get fed up enough with the old LR2000 not working to try the new LR2000 which has been available but not working for the last nine months. I'm hoping the BLM will set up that old LR2000 web address to redirect to the new LR2000 page so others won't have to waste their time beating a dead search system like I did. The old LR2000 was clunky. It reminded me of an old unfamiliar broken down right hand drive truck with a Japanese language repair manual. It was really that awkward and counter intuitive. There were many blogs, manuals and videos devoted to explaining the esoteric mysteries of the BLM's version of public access to public records, I even helped write a few myself. I made good use of the old LR2000 on the days it was working and I was glad to have it when I could get results but it needed fixing. The new LR2000 has a cleaner less intimidating interface with a slightly simpler set of options. I really don't like the "black topo" background the BLM now puts on all their web pages. If you like the black topo theme you are probably going to like the look of these new search pages better than the old ones. The behind the scenes search function has changed a lot from the old LR2000. I tried it on several browsers and three operating systems. I had problems on every browser and system. The Search seems to hang in some circumstances, in others it returns results as quickly as the old LR2000. The actual search itself seems to be slower sometimes. Every browser I tried had problems when it had run a few searches. The searches would eventually hang and several loops would keep the browser so busy it would lock up. That's not something I'm used to experiencing. This is a new system so I'm hoping the BLM will get these glitches out soon. The results of each search now displays in a new interface. Essentially there will be a window frame on the results page with the document displayed inside the frame as a PDF. Like the old LR2000 there are options to download the document in several formats including Excel, PDF and HTML. You can now modify or start a new search from the results page. Land Matters has made an effort to bypass the clunky old LR2000 interface and allow you to directly access any claims BLM serial register page directly with a few clicks on a map. This turned out to be a lot quicker way to get information on claims in a specific area without having to pound through the old LR2000. Being a direct live link to the BLM the information is as current as possible unlike other mapping programs that present static information updated every month or so. When the unannounced changeover in LR2000 search systems happened it broke Land Matters system of direct access. With more than 380,000 mining claims being actively tracked Land Matters had a problem. Claims Advantage Members also get several reports a month. In the last two days Land Matters had released two reports with a combined total of more than 20,000 maps and direct links to a broken LR2000. That's 400,000 missing documents. Sometimes life can be.... interesting. Needless to say I have been busy. It took 24 hours but I deciphered the new LR2000 system fixed the links to the serial register pages and corrected, compiled and uploaded new member reports. The mining claim serial register pages linked to on the maps load more quickly than the old ones did. If you have any problems with those maps or the Member Reports please let me know. Please try out the new LR2000 and share your experiences here. Try the Mining Claims Maps at Land Matters and marvel at the new search results. If you like the way the map link system works we can add the feature for a lot more types of research.
  21. NEW BLM LR2000

    We have noticed the same thing. It's becoming an issue Chris. Last year the Arizona BLM had processed and closed 3,026 claims case files by November 1. This year they have only processed and closed 37. California is about a year behind on their claims files processing. California BLM has the worst case processing record of any of the mining states. They are still working on closing files from two mining years ago. Utah is the best and is usually up to date even during the heavy Sept 1 - December 30 mining case rush. Utah has processed about 1,500 mining claim case files since Sept 1. That's about the same as last year at this time and almost completes their workload from September 1. The folks at Utah BLM take their job seriously and try to meet the 5 day deadline for updating case files. Arizona BLM is the training center for the nation. Arizona BLM is usually second in processing timeliness behind Utah. This year they are actually far behind California in their claims work. From second to dead last in a year. Same personnel same job. Arizona BLM isn't the only state dragging their feet this year but they are the most obvious. We should know within the month whether this is just a glitch or an actual intentional work slowdown. I'm hoping it's just a glitch but Arizona BLM does have some of the most aggressive anti mining employees in the agency. The BLM dragging their feet on claims case files is a real problem for miners. By delaying case work they are denying miners and prospectors a system that was supposed to enable everyone to know what any given claim's status is. The BLM lobbied for this system for decades and they finally got the right to receive notice of mining claims in 1976. Since then the cost for these informational filings has gone through the roof and the work we are paying those fees for is being delayed more and more. We are keeping an eye on this trend and will report on it as things move along through the mining year.
  22. I only shoot on club claims. Lots of folks out there looking for bullet fragments from what I've seen. I consider it a public service to spread lead, brass, boot tacks and tinfoil shreds for the new prospectors to practice with. Or Ben Avery.
  23. California into Three States

    It's a first step only. No State can split into other States without the consent of Congress. This was already voted on, approved and failed in 1941. Not saying it's a good or bad thing. Just pointing out the fact that it's going to take a lot more than an initiative in California to change anything. If you think folks in other States would like to see California triple their number of voting Senators then maybe there is a chance?
  24. New Restrictions on EPA

    Pruitt didn't change anything but department policy. The Sue and Settle scheme was ended in 2009 by the Court with the mining case Minard Run v United States Forest Service.