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About chrisski

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    Phoenix AZ
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    Desert Prospecting, Drywashing, Recirculating, Detecting

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  1. chrisski

    Cool petrified wood

    Was told the logs found today come from a one bladed deep plow in a field. Just plow the dirt until the plow brings a log up.
  2. chrisski

    Where am I ...?

    Is this by Allah just outside of Wickenburg?
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    I was thinking the smaller red crystals I see in the photo could be cinnabar. It would be nice to know if that is found locally. Also think Mercury in it's native form is very rare. I've seen some very red rocks locally that I suspect could be cinnabar, and it is found locally, but I did not take a sample. The Jewlers loupe with white Leds and a UV watermark LED that can pick ip fluorescence is on Ebay for about $5. Its shipped from China, and can take a couple of weeks.
  4. chrisski

    Camp oven Chile Verde

    That looks absolutely awesome.
  5. chrisski

    A cool piece

    Very nice. Seems to have held up to being under water really well.
  6. Jimale, the white rocks (pics 2,3,4) look like the solid sheet of rock I used to see under the very white shallow soil in Qatar. It kind of looks like the rocks were formed from an ancient sea, concretion and evaporation. The quarts one kind of looks like pictures I've seen of quartzite.
  7. Breccia is pretty common out West, but perhaps in the North the glaciers scraped down to the bedrock, including all false bedrocks and deposits that would have cemented into Breccia. I also think that if there are Breccias, still in the bedrock, then they may be located in some of the higher mountains. If you find a geological survey, they may be indicated. I've tried the AZ state website and the USGS, and occasionally find the detail I'm looking for. The best detailed geological maps I've seen are Clay's Footprints, and I have no idea how he gets that data. It shows a hundred meter wide patch of pegmatite located on my claim, where as the on line state maps will tell me a few types of rocks within a few miles of my claim. That's like the difference of looking down from the top of a building for Clay's Maps and looking down from an Airliner at 40,000 feet for the state online maps. Again, far from an expert, but I wonder with how rounded the rock is and how the pebbles inside the rock seem to broken smooth and then worn to the rest of the rock if that sample hadn't somehow metamorphized. Quartzite is supposed to be metamorphized and able to break along the individual pebbles and wear evenly.
  8. chrisski

    Mineral identification requests

    I'll get some ore analyzed and see what comes of it. I do enjoy going out with a map, GPS, and all studying done. If it never plays out into ore I bring in to the smelter or refinery, then it is still a challenge. For the decorative stones, funny you mention those. I was standing on top of the hill looking down at the diggings on my claim and saw dozens of boulders and started thinking what it would take to get those out of there. Something erodes away the sides of the hills and that pre-Cambrian metavolcanics rock just sits there until a chunk breaks off and slides a few feet down the hills to stop. Not that many boulders around here central AZ, at least not in the creek beds. Where I come from in the east, there were many of the rounded boulders brought in by the glaciers and as the streams dig them up, they get tossed down the rivers. Actually didn't think you could get stones off BLM land. I did see somewhere around Skull Valley a few months ago, someone was opening up I think it was a 160 acre gravel claim.
  9. chrisski

    Mineral identification requests

    Clay and Bob-I appreciate the education. Next step up is a bit different than running sand through the dry washer. Lot to think about.
  10. chrisski

    Mineral identification requests

    For both Clay and Bob, I appreciate the response. I will test some of the samples I have and if it comes back, I'll message you for the contacts. I do think there is a lot of silver locally, but it's overlooked. It was mined for a profit a long time ago. The type of operation I am thinking of would only move about a half ton to a ton of ore at a time, at least to start.
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    Mineral identification requests

    I'd be interested to find these still operational smelters. I will have to look into where these smelters are in AZ that can take ores. Only places I found to process ores in AZ were a friend of a friend who would cyanide leach old gold ore tailings. They supposedly produced a few ounces, but shut down. All I can picture from that op is a old trailer in a remote area somewhere with a six year old cyanide leach pit sitting by it. I spent a lot of time researching stuff like manganese, copper ores, and other things found locally on a tip they could be turned into cash. Just didn't want someone to get hopes like that. I've seen people go through prospecting stores and get dry washers because a friend told them they could get a quarter ounce of gold by running a few buckets of dirt through I. I doubt that guy went out more than a couple of times. Kind of want people to stick with this. The environmental lobby is flooded with cash, and if we were able to support the dredging effort in the same way, not only would the AMRA still be dredging in Idaho, but permits to dredge would have been issued for years. I really think we need people to stick to hobbies like this so they can make a living out of it.
  12. chrisski

    Mineral identification requests

    I'm truly curious about where someone would be able to find a place to process ore. I thought EPA regulations and cheap overseas ores had shut all these small miner processing plants down. Chris had written an article for the ICMJ about two years ago about the sad state of mineral mining in the US, and bismuth is one of the ones in trouble. I think the only thing that can EASILY be worth it for the small miner is gold. When I say easily, you'd have to find a good deposit. I don't think any other mineral would be economical for us. Silver ore would take me ounces per ton for me to work. I have about a dozen old timer holes on my claim, and I can not for the life of seeing what they were after. The most worked hole, about waist deep, had a black ore I thought might be a silver ore. Took a sample, but never sent it off to be checked. Once I looked at the price of silver, what it would take for me to extract it, and the size of the vein, to make it pay, I'd need ounces or pounds per ton to quit my day job. Once that pocket was gone, I'd be done. I was told to be on the lookout for many other ores when I go out: manganese, tin, copper, molybdenum, are just a few. Bismuth would fit in that category. 70 or 80 years ago, around WWII, this stuff may have been able to be mined by the normal Joe, but since strip mining, the adjusted for inflation prices of these metals has dropped dramatically. I was looking at prospecting an area West of the White tanks, but what kept me out is most of the mines there were manganese. Not saying the ores out there can't be mined, but they can't be mined by me with my pick axe and shovel, unless I want to go broke. I even found what I think is a uranium ore a couple of times. I found it was priced at $40 a pound, but that is processed. I guess there's a couple of exceptions to this. First, some people can make a living mining gems and crystals. Read a story about a guy back East, which he titled something like, "How to open your own crystal mine, or how to become a broke crystal miner." The only other exception would be as a hobby. I find lots of green copper ore, which I'm saving in a jar that I plan on crushing, spreading over homemade charcoal, and cooking with a homemade belloes under dirt for several hours. This should be smelting copper the way it was done thousands of years ago. After months of collecting copper ore, days collecting wood, an overnighter making the charcoal, a few hours smelting, I should have less than a handful of copper. I have a lot of free time this Sunday Morning. Maybe I ought to be out detecting.
  13. chrisski

    I.D. help

    The labs just receive too many samples. You're lucky in your country they will ID it for free. In ours the universities receive so any samples I think they just throw them away. There's quintillions of rocks lying on earth's surface,. and with the popularity of meteor shows many strange or even normal ones get sent up to be analyzed. At least in the universities, these guys did this on their own free time, but they had all the other work they were actually paid to do. There's the strangest rocks being posted hoping they were meteorites. If you look at this forum you'll see things like guys posting pictures they found of rocks on the ground after the lunar eclipse thinking it was a meteor. Way too many non-meteors being sent in to be tested. To my totally uneducated eye, It looks like a rock I've seen in AZ occasionally that is silverish on the inside, but has the dark looking crust on the outside. The ore I'm thinking of is non conductive, but I thing nickel would be conductive. I've seen it mostly along the back roads where a road had to be dug and the silverfish ore is exposed at the surface. Supposedly there's some places you can pay to get a meteor ID much quicker.
  14. chrisski

    TV show Meteorite Men

    Are you venting that you got kicked off or banned from E-Bay 10 years ago? If that's it, I submit you sign up under a new name and try selling again. I highly doubt E-Bay has much of a policing department to kick fraudulent sellers off. Not saying you're a fraudulent seller, but sounds like someone made an unfounded claim you were.
  15. chrisski

    Hello from Northern AZ

    Page seems like a nice place. We want to go up there for Horseshoe bend, marble canyon, Lake Powell, and then on to Monument Valley. The Colorado there cuts through 2 billion years of history.You're just in the wrong part of the state for gold. If you fold AZ in half diagonally North West to South East, not much gold in the part that you fall on. Supposed to be some fossils though.