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  1. A topic over in the Rocks, Minerals and Fossils section inspired me to ask this. Has anyone ever found gold where you never expected to find it? Maybe you were detecting a railroad bed for the hell of it, detecting for coins and found nuggets instead, specking. Just anywhere you didn't expect to find something.
  2. Just saw this. Assuming it didn't go into Lake Michigan, you'd think there's a good chance of recovering some pieces of this. https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.theverge.com/platform/amp/2018/1/17/16900274/meteor-detroit-explode-nasa-meteorite By the way, it only traveled 40,000 to 50,000 miles to get here. Really????
  3. Meteor Over Michigan

    Do you have a link that supports this theory? While the "cow kicked over a lamp" is bunk, so is a meteorite started the Chicago fires.
  4. Mine Tailings Fun.

  5. Mine Tailings Fun.

    I wonder if he was detecting in the Colbalt mining district in Canada? A few years ago, detectorists were finding tons of native silver in the old mine dumps. I don't think it was crystalized or anything. Just massive native silver. Probably still a lot of detecting still going on using the lastest technology like the GPZ 7000. I remember seeing an old picture of a silver sidewalk. It must have been at least three feet wide, one foot thick and can't remember how long it was.
  6. Do you know what this means?? Australia stole our gold.
  7. You can probably find this by the ton at the source, wherever that is. If you have the equipment to make your own coaster, go ahead and try it. I can't vouch for the aesthetics though. Post a picture here if you do make some. I'd like to see how they turn out.
  8. https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.azcentral.com/amp/1033687001#ampshare=https://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/arizona-environment/2018/01/19/pacu-fish-creepy-humanlike-teeth-taking-bite-out-arizonas-waterways/1033687001/
  9. I don't know how to navigate a forum

    Try https://www.mindat.org/
  10. I'd say the red is garnet, the black... tourmaline, the orangish rock... feldspar, the white rock...quartz. I wouldn't go so far to say it's a pegmatite.
  11. 910-carat diamond from Africa

    They'll study it for awhile then cleave it into smaller pieces. Then facet those. Expect a 50% to 70% loss during that process so they should wind up with around 300 to 450 carats of cut stones. The rest will be diamond dust which will be used as abrasives for polishing.
  12. Unexpected Locations

    Possible geocache?
  13. Well...... Almost all of our space junk falls into the ocean. Remember Skylab? The Australian government fined NASA $400.00 for littering their country. With the exception of an unintentional disaster, we've been perfect since. Those Australians really straightened NASA out. 😉
  14. is this a geode?

    I wouldn't call it a geode. It looks more like an exposed vug that was opened up while in the process of mining. The crystals are either quartz or calcite. Probably the former. As far as value, maybe $20.00 tops to right person.
  15. Meteor Over Michigan

    I just saw this. Really nice, fresh meteorite. https://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/2018/01/18/michigan-meteor-meteorite-whitmore-lake/1044529001/ Robert Ward is a very prominent meteorite hunter.
  16. Meteor Over Michigan

    Great work!! I just wonder how long before someone can classify them.
  17. Wow Dan!!! How did I miss this thread!! Terrific finds. If you and the kids hunted where I think you did, you can find all kinds of neat things. I sure did when I was in where I think you were.😉 I sure hope you find more relics this year and of course.....gold, gold, and more gold.
  18. Bedrockbob contact? Glorieta

    If I really wanted to get permission, I would simply take the addresses down and write each of the property owners a letter. That's about all I can think of.
  19. 910-carat diamond from Africa

    If you look at natural diamonds, they all have smooth edges. I just have to think a large diamond that was shattered would have sharp edges like you would expect if you took a hammer to a solid glass cube. The edges would be sharp and they would recognize that after they came off the grease belts. imho
  20. 910-carat diamond from Africa

    That might be true but wouldn't you expect to see diamond remnants show up on the grease belts?
  21. Some Cutesy Pie Nuggs

    Really nice. Congrats. What type of tailing pile?
  22. Mineral id?

    Are you sure about the weight? That seems awfully light for any rock.
  23. Mineral id?

    That's a toughie. I'm just taking a wild guess. I think it's a lead mineral. The white being cerrusite. Not sure about the matrix. Is it heavy for its size?
  24. New year and the skunk is outta here!

    That's a pretty good improvement considering it was low tech. That nugget had to come from somewhere so I'd start checking that whole area.