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  1. 7 points
    The USGS just released their latest Professional Paper 1802 Critical mineral resources of the United States–Economic and environmental geology and prospects for future supply. This thing is a monster! 862 pages and a 170 Mb download. That is a big download for a lot of people so we shrunk their bloated PDF down to 30 Mb. It's got all the stuff the bigger one does but the graphics are scaled down to web user size. You can download the full 862 page report directly from Land Matters. This huge report is fine in itself but to really understand what's in it we figured a map of all the locations would help. You can load up the Critical Minerals interactive Map right in your browser and study it along with your book. We've added the mines of the world as well as some basic base layers so you can compare the report locations to known historical and current mines. We'll be adding more features to that map soon. If you need to print out the book in it's original high resolution form you can find it at the USGS Publications Warehouse.
  2. 6 points
    Wishing You a Happy Holiday From the folks at Land Matters
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    This is a tough crowd to deal with You have to be thick skinned Mike C...
  4. 5 points
    ...A 30 pack should wash this popcorn down.
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    If you detected on the south west quarter section of that square and the north half you were on claims that are not Roadrunners. The north side of that square is Mexican gulch and claimed newly this year, the claimant filed with the BLM but could not file with the county recorder because the documents attempted to file were not signed and sent back, so maybe you could fight that one, I dont know though. Not being a smart ass here and just going to make a suggestion for you and other prospectors out there, but I use "My Land Matters" to find out claim names in a certain section, then pull those claims paperwork up on the Yavapai county recorders website then run them through LR2000 to check the status. I use the claim filing paperwork to make my own map of claims for my chosen section. When I go to the field I am usually very close on the claim marker locations and can work right up to the boundry line if on some gold. There is plenty of gold around Bumble Bee still but mostly small stuff you need to placer to reach. I always see boots prints through washes I pull gold from down there, ez pickens are gone but many still walking right over decent gold. I bet there is some good undiscovered hillside patches too.
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    Jen generously shared some information but left herself open to comment because of the big red square and how she worded her post. A decent intent misunderstood. There was a subtle accusation in Clay's post along with the helping hand. Maybe the helping hand could have been given more diplomatically. I am not pointing fingers, but I have observed that some members of this forum tend respond to Jen's posts with less respect than if someone named Jack made the same post. Time to get in the 21st century.
  8. 3 points
    Christmas is near..if anyone wants to gift me a sdc 2300 just p.m. me.....for that I will generously share 50/50 of the gold found for 6 months . Personally, I have not had a detector that did't pay for itself, same goes with a gpz....... Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah & Kwanzaa...
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    My friend James and I went halves on a buggy for desert travel. Now that cooler weather has returned to AZ...time to get out and play
  10. 1 point
    I am always dismayed when I read of fellow detectorists who say that they have yet to find a piece of gold after one year, two years, etc. I am to the point now where I find gold almost every time I go detecting. I may get skunked 1 out of 20 times. That 1 time is usually when I am prospecting totally new ground, and just have not hit a new area yet. We all know the saying, "Gold is where you find it." I think that statement is wrong and very misleading and harmful. In fact I think it may give newbies the wrong impression about prospecting for gold. It implies that gold is randomly dispersed, and if you do happen to find it, it is only by some coincidence or luck. Nothing could be further from the truth. Finding gold is a science and an art executed by people with the skill and experience that know what they are doing. All we are doing with a metal detector is processing dirt. Now the more dirt we process the better chance we have of finding gold. But think of what a small amount of dirt we are processing. A column of dirt under the coil to an indeterminate depth and we sweep that coil back and forth. We do that for 6 to 8 hours a day? Now compare that to the tons and tons of dirt you see the boys on Gold Rush process. Yards and yards and tons and tons of dirt processed to collect their gold. It's amazing that we find anything when you compare the small amount of dirt we "process" with a metal detector. So, think about what a bizarre feat it is for a person with a metal detector to process such a small amount of dirt, and yet be able to find gold. It is the old adage "needle in a haystack" so to speak. Yet, some prospectors. Bill, Fred, Tom, Kevin Hoagland, Mike, us guys that have been around a while, how come we are more successful at finding gold than other people? Do we process more dirt? NOPE! We spend our time processing dirt that is more likely to have gold, than other dirt. We have all heard go low and go slow. Well, I agree with that "go low" admonishment. You need to keep that coil on the ground. But SLOW? If you watch experienced detectorists, you will see that they vary their speed when they are "looking for gold." They speed up in areas that their knowledge and experience tell them they are less likely to find gold. They slow down in areas where that experience tells them there may be a greater chance for there to be gold. So they spend their time more productively by processing only dirt that has a higher probability of having gold. Now when they find a nugget, they may turn around and go back over the area they went through quickly. This time they will go more slowly. They do this because they now know this area may be more likely to have gold too. So they invest their time wisely. As an outlandish example. You are standing in a paved parking lot of a Walmart. Next to the Walmart are acres and acres of quartz strewn red dirt with all kinds of gullies where water has ran during the wet season. Where are you most likely to find gold? Are you going to spend your day in the Walmart parking lot swinging over asphalt? Well experienced detectorists are constantly looking at their surroundings. They look at where they are going and where they have been. They are calculating the odds. Is this a Walmart parking lot, or a gold vault? "Gold is NOT where you find it." "Gold is found in places it is most likely to be." Seasoned prospectors have spent their careers learning what those places look like. Now are we ever surprised to find a nugget in a place where we would never intentionally look. Certainly, but those are few and far between. Most times when we find a nugget we have a pretty good idea of why it is where it is. Deteriorated quartz is everywhere, we detect on a bench, in a tailings pile, in the bend of a gully, under a waterfall of boulders, behind a bush lining a gully, near an old mine or there are indications the old timers were there. I once was way off the beaten path on my ATV. I found a canteen that said BEAR BRAND, Patent 1918. Lid still on it, canvas completely gone. I stopped right there and detected the gully I found it in. I pulled out three nuggets. Let's say after a year you finally find your first nugget, under a boulder up on the side of a gully. From that day forward, you will check every boulder on the side of gullies. Why? Because you learned where to look. It's no coincidence that after taking so long to find their first nugget, newbies generally find their second nugget soon there after. WHY? Knowledge. I have often said, if you don't take at least 20 minutes with every nugget you find, letting it tell you it's story, you are missing a valuable education. "How did you get here little buddy? Why did you stop here? Where did you come from? What's different about this gully than other gullies I have checked? Is there a concentration of deteriorated quartz around here? A contact zone? You're sort of rough, you didn't travel far did you?" I can almost bet that any experienced prospector will tell you that they can be riding on their ATV and all of a sudden they come upon ground and their heart starts beating a little harder. They may even say to themselves out loud, "Oh man this area looks good." After years and years of experience, we sometimes just "get a feeling." It's not voodoo, it's just our subconscious telling us that at sometime in our past, we came across a place that exhibited similar conditions, and we found gold there. We may not even remember the specific area in our distant past on a conscious level, but our sub-conscious knows. So what is the moral of this story? Buying a detector and expecting to learn how to become a successful prospector without training is like buying a 747 and trying to get it airborne when you have had no training. I hear it time and time again. I've been detecting 2 years and never found a piece of gold. Who trained you? TRAINED ME? "Well I've done a lot of research and I have read a lot on detecting and prospecting and I belong to the GPAA ...." That's akin to someone saying, "I have had the worst luck with airplanes. I have owned five different planes and can't get the darn things in the air; I have crashed every one of them." Where did you get your flight lessons? "ME? LESSONS? YOU MEAN FLYING LESSONS?" So boys and girls, my lesson for today is: "Gold is NOT where you find it." "Gold is found in places it is most likely to be." So have someone teach you WHERE to look! Doc © 2017 G.M. "Doc" Lousignont, Ph.D.
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    Or this post made by Doc could have stayed on track. A new topic could have been started about the other stuff.
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    Terrestrial, not a meteorite; they do not have crystalline structure like that.
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    This is a real meteorite that I found and would be more like what someone would find out here in the West in the desert! This guy came to me in after a two-day hunt to recover the other pieces that I didn't find on the first day with the help of two other expert meteorite hunters! I found two pieces the first day then one of my buddies found one piece and I found the rest of my puzzle. I wish that we could go out and find one in our backyards but that's not going to happen! Most guys that happen to find one spend a lot of time hunting for them. I could go more than a year trying to find a cold find or more! There are five pieces to this meteorite if what you find have holes in it like what you are showing in your photo it's volcanic. We live in one of the most volcanic un-active areas there is nowadays but that wasn't always the case! There are still a bunch of cinder cones around that you can still see in the three states around Las Vegas!
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    I like this one better. "If your in the wrong place your not going to find any gold" AzNuggetBob
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    About a year ago I bought a Toyota 4Runner for this very reason, it's a 4 Gen (2003 to 2010 most think these are the last of the best of the T4Rs) mine has the 4.7 V8 and is as tough as a tank IMHO, I still have my GMC Suburban which has around 240,000 miles on it and still going like it was when it was new and I love it but it's not very happy because I haven't driven it very much since I got the T4R!!
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    I have a 4 door tacoma with a short bed so my wheel base is shorter than yours-Better yet is to just park the truck unload the ATV - that would be the best bet and you would get there and back alot faster I agree know your limitations dont be stupid especially when alone Mike C...
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    Buy a Toyota and you wont have to worry about getting stuck Mike C... PS AD WTG on the Mad Max rail
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    Happy Birthday Dave, I hope you had a great day!
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    Happy Birthday and many more to you David.
  21. 1 point
    How about a D10 to make all my old places new again Mike C...
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    DD, You have WAY too much experience to be only 46. Time to fast forward and leave a few nuggets for the rest of us. Happy Birthday. Mitchel
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    Good birthday wishes Dave. old Tom
  24. 1 point
    Hello Dave. Let me add my best wishes on your special day. Patrick
  25. 1 point
    Yesterday I posted a thread asking for some advice on a place to swing a detector in the Quartzsite area since I had only been there one other time 36 years ago, and out of 115 views I got ONE response (thank you, Mitchel. I appreciate it). So, today I realized a huge problem that I have: I put too much faith in the "goodness" of people. There have been a lot of people on this forum offer me some really good advice and help (they know who they are) and to them I want to genuinely thank you! It is truly and greatly appreciated. And then there are others! Over the last few months my family and I have got into hunting meteorites, and I have taken quite a few folks I have met on here out to where I made some finds and did my best to put them in a spot where they could find their own stones...which, over a few trips, all of them did! We were told that we would be taken to some spots in return for us taking these folks out and helping them find some stones. Only three of them did (again, I hope they know who they are). With gold, I can see people being that way more than with meteorites. But again that's just me being naive. When we were helping, and before their finds, my phone would ring at least once every two days. Now, I don't hear anything from them, and with one of them, when I DO get to talk to him and ask where he made a find, I get the typical "Somewhere in the desert" answer. I often wonder if I am really cut out for doing this kind of stuff with other people? I don't expect people to take me to their "honey holes" or "secret spots", but when a person tells us that they will take us while we are helping them out, and then forgets all about us when they have gotten all they want from us....it has a tendency to piss me off! DolanDave, Mikestang, and DigitalJedi.....you guys are awesome!!!! Thank you all so much for inviting us, and/or taking us, to your spots. Whether we found anything or not, it is always a lot of fun to just hang with you guys and laugh and hunt!!! You guys will ALWAYS be welcome to join us for any and all hunts...no matter the circumstances.