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  1. Saul R W

    3 pieces, unidentified

    Check the hardness, for starters. See here: https://geology.com/minerals/mohs-hardness-scale.shtml And yep, it is a cool looking piece.
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    Tart Cherry Juice, Arthritis and medications....PSA

    Herring is a traditional food with my folks, often as a component in forshmak (meaning "pretaste," as in appetizer). I eat kippered herring as the primary protein four or five meals a week, sometimes with Triscuits or other crackers, sometimes with eggs, sometimes on a sandwich, sometimes with salad (add a couple tablespoons of vinegar and a bit of pepper to the oil in a kipper snack tin, and you have dressing for your herring and spinach salad). It's a versatile fish.
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    Got 4 lost one.....

    It might depend on the number and size of kidney stones, and the amount of iron in your diet and blood stream. Some of us probably sound like giant hot rocks.
  4. Beautiful gold, and a mighty fine looking lizard, too.
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    It took a minute to recall the right word from the dusty, cluttered, cobwebby attic that serves as my memory, but the word I was looking for to describe the above photos is "neato." I used to have a wonderful arrowhead and miscellaneous other Native artifacts collection, and I've dug a fair amount of gold, but I've never found even the tiniest speck of space stuff -- youse guys must have felt at least a little bit of wonder and awe when you picked up your first pieces of meteorite. That looks like a ton of fun, and interesting. There was a meteorite that exploded over Alaska in early 2000, loud like a sonic boom and it looked like a lightning flash through my library window. I'd have loved to have found a chunk of that one. Very nice, y'all.
  6. Saul R W

    Detecting hat

    So, if I tell my youngest mid-30s daughter NOT to get married, she might finally start a family? I've been going about this all wrong.
  7. Saul R W

    Tart Cherry Juice, Arthritis and medications....PSA

    I managed to drop my BP about 30 points by taking a couple of fish oil capsules daily. There are a lot of ways to deprive Big Pharma of our hard-earned cash. It's always nice to hear of something new that works, and minus the side effects. Also, no one has ever died from eating oatmeal for breakfast.
  8. It's a CRACK.
  9. Not even close. But don't let facts get in the way of a good opinion (apologies to MT).
  10. Well, no. A scientific theory is predicated upon known facts, and then tested to see if it adds additional facts. The chemical makeup of the rock in your hand is very well known. For instance, the white bits, quartz, are composed of silicon and oxygen atoms arranged in precise molecules The amphibole, aka hornblende, is made up of well-known elements including aluminum, iron, magnesium, oxygen, hydrogen, calcium and several others. Your rock includes other minerals, as well. None of this fits into the "IDK" category. It simply is. The effects of water and freezing and friction and impacts and naturally occurring acids upon the minerals in your rock can be observed and reproduced. If you take a wire brush to your rock, and then leave the rock out in the weather for an extended period of time, you'll find new red stuff forming. The outer layer of the rock will gradually decompose, exposing fresh meat for weathering. You can speed the process along by using a stronger form of the acid than that which occurs naturally.
  11. As to what exposed them? Chemical (acid is one example) and physical (rocks bashing together in a river is one example of this) weathering causes large rocks to become smaller rocks. Layers and layers are bashed, picked, etched, over very long periods of time. Every crack in the planet's crust exposes more surface area to more chemical and physical weathering, helping to speed the process along. It's like peeling an onion. If you look around a bit, you can see examples of weathering everywhere you go (check out a few marble statues or headstones to see what chemical weathering can do in a relatively short period of time). And like I said, pick up a couple of books on the subject.
  12. Rain water, creek water combine with carbon dioxide to form carbolic acid, which eats away at some minerals. Iron-rich minerals in particular are susceptible to acids and water. Quartz, the little white specks in your rock, are resistant. That's why you see lots of white sand in creeks -- it's the quartz that isn't dissolved when the other minerals are dissolved by water and acid. Take a plain steel nail. Stick it in a glass of water or leave it out in the rain. Wait a few weeks. See the rust? That's essentially the same red stuff you see on your rock.
  13. Saul R W

    Detecting hat

    TomH, a hat that no self-respecting 20-year-old would wear is by definition a good hat. You should start manufacturing.
  14. I agree with 4meter. You found granite. However, based solely on photo number 8, I was going to suggest that maybe you found Hoffa. Greg, a decent introductory text on geology that might benefit you is Earth by Frank Press and Ray Siever. An older edition is as good as the new. Another book you might enjoy is In The Beginning: An Introduction to Archeology by Brian Fagan (I forget the co-author's name). Both are worthwhile books if you're really interested in understanding rocks and human artifacts. As for my opinion, I don't even value it all that much. Deflation, you know?
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    Are these bone tools?

    It's not likely that anyone used a bandsaw for field dressing. It's much more likely that it was cut up in a butcher shop or in someone's garage, and then a dog or coyote or raccoon (pick a critter, any critter) pulled the bone out of the garbage. It looks like it was cut for a shank roast. Maybe a logger brought a chunk along for lunch and tossed the bone?
  16. Saul R W

    Happy Birthday Nugget108

    Fishing with family sounds like a great way to spend a birthday. I hope you enjoyed the day.
  17. Saul R W

    Are these bone tools?

    Yep, bandsaw cut. The band had one over-set tooth that left deeper marks.
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    The Portuguese error message reads "attachment not found." I figured I was doing something wrong.
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    Tiny wash, rough nuggets.

    I've been wondering the same thing, if he has his detector set to find nickels and gold.
  20. Saul R W

    Guessing Contest For Silver!

    Congratulations, AZMark and Nugget108. Thanks for a bit of fun, Mr. Soloman.
  21. Saul R W

    New from Iowa

    Welcome, CyHawkGold. You'll have to keep an eye on some of these fellows -- they're trying to strip the entire SW bare of gold before the rest of us have an opportunity to dirty our drywashers.
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    Bucket Dredge Pics - 1940's to 1960's

    That bottom photo is of a rig belonging to Brighton Sand and Gravel of Sacramento. Brighton was a gold producer, I think with several dredges.
  23. Saul R W

    Guessing Contest For Silver!

    Pennies 216 Nickels 32 Dimes 68 Quarters 52
  24. I'm not a meteorite aficionado, but I think it's fantastic to see a parent who manages to get a child interested in the sciences (or maths, or languages, or small engine repair, or knitting -- anything other than rap and those blasted video games). Way to go, ryanworking.
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    Bucket Dredge Pics - 1940's to 1960's

    Very cool, IDdesertman. Thanks for continuing to share this collection. The Nicaragua route shown on your map was very nearly chosen for the first transmithian canal in the Americas, but much lobbying (a man, a plan, a whole lotta bribes) convinced Congress to buy out French interests and build the canal across Panama. Now, after more than a century, Nicaragua is still trying to build a canal via the San Juan River-Lake Nicaragua route.