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  2. LEST WE FORGET: Today let us pause, remember, and honor the fallen who gave their all in the service of this great nation. Semper Fi, Mac
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  4. I'm anxious to see the results as well. While we knew it was a meteorite, we didn't know it if paired with another fall. Keep us posted.
  5. WHEW! the crystals I found while just walkng along beeping. Hope they stay posted.
  6. Well, it has been awhile, but the date for slicing at Rutgers University's meteorite department machine lab is set for June 3. Upon initial observation, the PHD immediately and definitely identified the rock as a meteorite. It was explained to me that a small section, about the size of a thumb would be sliced for analysis. A second large piece would also be sliced and then half into 2 pieces and forwarded to the Meteorological Society for their review, hopeful naming/numbering and archiving, the second piece of which would be made available for second party research. Actual analysis will be an additional couple of months from now. This is all mind-blowing to me! I know nothing of meteorites and to think something that weighs 70+ pounds could fall out of space and landed on our planet-------insane!! And to be 400 million years old!
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  8. I haven't had any problems with BLM officials at all, I just always watch the posted signs at the hiking areas I check out for potential rock hounding and most of them have signs that say no rock collecting the areas I mainly go to are in octillo and around julian.
  9. I still have 5.75 grams of Arizona and California gold nuggets for sale. $230.00 postage paid.
  10. Diggingd, what area is BLM giving you problems. just list the county.
  11. Hey guys I need some advice for a cut I want to do. I have a piece of labadorite that has some amazing top color, but pretty much no color any where else, I've wanted to for a bit now cut the diamond shaped piece of it off of the rest of the stone. My main concern is I dont know how it will affect the color or if it will shatter the whole thing while cutting it, any advice would be much appreciated.
  12. Excited to see the results! Good luck! And keep us posted.
  13. Dude I love your rocks tho! I wish i had more stuff i could find, but I'm down in southern California and BLM makes it hard for me to go rock hounding where I want :P
  14. I think you have a volcanic rock, they tend to fool a lot of people. The surface and shape are not common in meteorites, with holes and sharpe edges are things you don't usually find, and your average met. will strongly attract a magnet. Try looking online at the millions of meteorite pictures and you will notice they generally have a smooth surface due to abalation on entering the atomosphere. Keep looking , they are out there. ht
  15. You don't have to worry much about mixing stones of different hardnesses when shaping or sanding. But when you get to the pre-polish stage it becomes important. I sort the stones going into the pre-polish stage. If you have lots of ceramic pieces or plastic filler beads in there and a nice thick slurry it will work good. I polish with the barrel 3/4 full and use about 50% by volume plastic beads. The only stones that get beat up are the large, flat pieces of quartzite and obsidian. The jaspers, agates, opals and moonstones all seem to tumble nicely together as long as there are no big flat ones rattling around in the barrel with them. Thicken the slurry with corn syrup or dish soap. Especially in the pre-polish and polish stages. The viscosity of that slurry is important. The proper volume of material in the barrel, the correct ratio of filler beads and/or ceramic pellets, and a perfect slurry is the key to tumbling IMHO.
  16. Can anyone help me identify this rock? Looks pretty interesting ..any help would be great Thannks!!!
  17. Thanks for all the advice d. I thought about the hardness aspect but didn’t act on it. I will keep that in mind for the future.
  18. Hey guys well my brother is a rock hound so once in awhile we will go together to look for minerals and I care across this rock can anyone help me in identifying this piece..? Was kinda curious bout the hard honey lookin stuff on the bottom .. I’ve done the streak test and it comes up like a light brown color
  19. https://www.foxnews.com/us/veteran-of-d-day-okinawa-recalls-fight-with-ptsd-as-he-prepares-to-travel-back-to-normandy
  20. Good luck with your new hobby! A few things to think about... Don't mix stones of different hardness. The harder stones will beat the softer stones to death, and you’ll never get a good polish on any of them. Clean everything thoroughly between grit changes. Any course grit left over will ruin the next stage. Try to avoid tumbling rocks that have pits or other places where grit can get stuck and carry over to the next stage. Don’t ever rinse your tumbled material in the sink. The grit and sludge that comes out of your tumbler will clog your pipes like if you filled them with concrete. There are some more tips here. https://stoneageindustries.com/product/tumbling-with-rotary-or-barrel-tumblers/ I like the last pic. Looks like either fossilized coral or oolite. Neat stone either way.
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