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  1. 3 points
    tomleft There is always a chance you might find gold with that detector. It is certain you can find the same kind of finds that you did in Missouri. The best bet is to join a local club like the Arizona Road Runners that have monthly outings, learn the ropes over time. Upgrade your detector to a gold metal detector after you acquire the knowledge of where the gold might be. The best advice is to look for gold where gold has been found which is where the local clubs will put you. The added benifit is that you have access to the GPAA claims. All of it is an investment in an education of prospecting. Best of luck may the curve be a short one.
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    So I didn't know this thread was here until now. On Facebook I was seeing Dave's specimen on my phone - and the picture is much better here on my laptop - I can see the cubic cleavage of the mineral now - its galena. Galena is lead sulfide, mostly lead by weight - about 86 or 87 % lead. It doesn't normally sound off on a PI, but it can. It sounds off easily on a vlf. Normally a typical silver lead ore will run in the range of 1 to 3 ounces of silver per percent of lead - that means 1 to 3 ounces of silver for every 20 pounds of lead. So an ore with 10% lead might have 30 or so ounces of silver per ton. The silver is in the galena with the lead. Now I watched that video - and the guy does not understand the chemistry. The button he gets is mostly lead. It will have probably something like 1 to 3 ounces of silver for every 20 pounds. Since it looks like his button has maybe two ounces of lead, he probably doesn't have even a gram of silver alloyed in with the lead. There is another step that he didn't do to separate the lead from the silver. That step is what is done commercially to produce a fairly pure silver product. I have a bigger furnace and bigger crucibles and about 10 pounds of Galena . One of these days I am going smelt it all in several steps in order to do a video and an article for the ICMJ and explain the whole thing and how it works and how you could do back yard smelting all the way from raw ore down to a silver bar. I will separate out any gold too and probably get a little button of that as well.
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    You should saw cut a slice through it. You may be surprised!
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    The dike itself, may not have anything, but the area does. After going to the area three times, I've come to the conclusion that the area was mined mostly for mica. The latest GPAA magazine had an article about a Mica mine producing 100,000 pounds of Mica and it being worth $140,000 in the late 1800's or $1.40 per pound. That mine the article was about continued on until the mid 40's. This workings on this dike has buckets of mica lying around that can be picked up off the ground. That's what I think most of the diggings were after. The best documented mine along the dike did produce gold. Whether it had anything to do with the dike or not, don't know. It was still a small one person operation. There was another mine in the area consisting of several short shafts, and with a bit of help I got info from Mindat. For those that have used mindat before, it's a tool to be taken lightly and not the single source gospel. The shafts were supposed to be a mica mine, quartz and feldspar mine, but there is no evidence in any of the tailngs of feldspar, mica or any quartz. There was some tailings of a black ore stained green like copper, so I think this was a low grade copper shaft. Anyway, they stopped on those shafts after digging them 50'. We all like to take geo cords, plug it in our GPS, and walk there, but sometimes the cords off of mindat are a mile or more off. Whatever mine I was at, even though very close to the minedat coords, was not the one described in mindat. This particular area is in the gold producing belt by the San Domingo wash. No one really know where all that placer gold in the area came from. Very, Very, few hard rock mines ever produced anything worth mentioning. Those that did produce gold, had lode gold coming out of them nothing like the placer gold on the surface. So, like most areas, the "mother Lode" of the area yet remains to be identified. The best explanation I heard is the placer gold came from mountains that used to be thousands of feet above the ground, but over millions of years eroded away, and left the placer gold. The best gold I've found is in the tertiary gravels. Tertiary gravels are 2.5 million years old to 66 million years old. Also, this area with the dike is nothing I hear of people going to, but there are by far more workings here than at the San Domingo itself. Whether people aren't going there because there is no access or no gold, I'm not sure. I didn't expect to find nuggets. My true sampling is done by dry washing, but it's way too wet here for that. I'll go back once more when its a bit drier. An 1880 $1.50 adjusted for inflation is about $50 today, so if Mica was still worth that much, I would pick up buckets of it and sell it. Unfortunately, crushed Muscovite is sold by the ton for hundreds of dollars, so the mica is worthless to me. Best I can gather that Muscovite (crushed mica) was worth mining by the small miner until the mid 40's and then it went from being sold by the pound to be sold by the ton.
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    Glad you had a great day my friend .
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    Happy Birthday Tom. There is always next time for a nugget
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    Gold is a metal and will not "smear" on the bottom of your pan, I have never seen pyrite smear either, crumble and break into pieces yes which usually takes a good bit of pressure because pyrite is harder than common steel but it is rather brittle, now mica on the other hand will smear in the bottom of your pan, so I question your "experienced" man's knowledge on gold if he's identifying it as gold, get another opinion, but I can assure you it's not gold if it's "smearing". Fine flake gold will sink below blacksand if the material is liquefied properly and with the correct agitating actions, now it is sometimes hard to pan out the blacksand without some of the fine gold trying to come along but if you re-settle the gold often it can be done fairly easily though it can be a slow process.
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    Opiment seems quite close. kristalle.com, usa minerals, page 1. Color slightly different but configuration quite close. They just might id and make a offer as the best a the best in the west in the specimen field. Wow a brainbuster for sure as have not seen quite that form in 60+ years a gold/gem grubbing .kudos-John
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    Ended up in Meteorite heaven on Sunday. 52 grams and 228 grams. Thanks for the assist Dolan Dave. Sorry I missed you digger.
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    Follows Camp was such a nice place to meet mining friends , before heading out we would enjoy a great breakfast and coffee at the restaurant. The old rock fireplace would keep us warm as we chug hot coffee and spin prospecting yarns. After, we would get in our cars and head out to do some nuggethunting at some secret gulch or sluice in the river. The miners of the East Fork all knew each other or were at least familiar who worked what area. Although I lived an hour and a half from the East Fork , I could not wait for Friday to come so I could do that drive and meet some good friends and just enjoy our favorite activity. Pat and Mark Keene would test their new sluices and high bankers, in fact Jerry Hobbs and I tested a large 8 inch subaru powered sluice customized for an operation in Northern California. We had to use a 6 inch to dig a deep hole so we could back up the monster dredge...great memories they were. We had trash clean up days throughout the year, sponsored by prospectors clubs because of the mess the weekend crowds made. Never understood how people would just leave dirty diapers in the sand when their was a trash can just a few feet from them. Regardless, I considered the prospectors the stewards of that river..they were there doing what they enjoyed and made sure they cleaned up their own trash and others. Considering California mining history , its bogus that our government wants to destroy this heritage, step by step they take away someones rights. The pursuit of happiness is slowly diminishing in our country. Perhaps the future citizens will just stay indoors and play virtual reality games in their living rooms, drink their alcohol and live that blissful life not caring what our government does to them. I for one will continue overtly or covertly....doing what I enjoy and that's keep pursuing my happiness, in the great outdoors....diggin gold. Hope you all do too...Happy Hunting.