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    • Hope you get to shoot some footage of a decent lump at depth with your 17”, Bill. Looking forward to patch hunting with one during next fall and winter’s desert prospecting season, if they’re  available by then. Been there, Mike...nothing worse than having gold fever and cabin fever at the same time.
    • A very rough ingot, in other words.  Not a nugget.
    • You are smelting ore? With a torch? You had indicated your process was leaching. Maybe I misunderstood?
    • WTG Lunk Nothing to show here -Wish I could go out and hunt-I havent been out in over a year and a half I've been unable to-Bill wow 2 6000's what-did hit the lotto or something ????-To rich for my blood-IMO not enough gold being found-a few here and a couple there not enough to justify the price tag for me-besides it would just sit in a corner collectng dust like my other beepers have been doing  
    • Yes. I have seen a couple platinum nuggets from the Urals. About the size of a big bean.  I learned from a chemist/refiner fellow here that most platinum ore contains iron. It is almost always magnetic in its native form.  He showed me a Petri dish with a layer of crushed concentrates. If you moved a magnet under the dish the little platinum particles would do the "wave". Those nuggets from Russia were magnetic too. Not a whole lot but they would support their weight. Which wasn't really much. But they were definitely magnetic. There is actually a lot of platinum in a couple places here. One guy tried for 30 years to develop a mine in the Caballos. And a fellow near Silver City was concentrating material he purchased from Kennecott (I know. That long ago.) and recovering platinum. I think there is probably some old mine tailings that have a little. My refiner friend had grant money to develop a process at NMSU. He claimed he could extract platinum at a profit from the old tailings at Organ. He paid himself well for 30 years in his little lab at the college. And he retired comfortably. .No doubt he had a process that could recover platinum from the tailings. But I don't think he processed more than a couple tons of ore during those years. And the only platinum he ever recovered was tiny amounts. It's out there. And so are the other rare earth elements. I think the prospects of finding new deposits are good. Im just not sure there is any incentive for the individual to go look for them. 
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