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  1. 28 points
    Well, it's that time of year, again. It's starting to get nice out during the day, but I thought I would get in one more nighttime hunt. And this last night hunt treated me well. I explored a new area about a mile from where I had found gold before. The rain really has changed the roads and washes in this area. Many areas were nearly unpassable. But I managed to get there with my trusty 4x4 and went out into the night feeling a little crazy (by myself) as I am many times. And the only thing that makes that crazy feeling fade away, is when you find that first piece of gold. And then the stars align and everything seems normal, again. Friday night's total came out to 7.25 grams. Some pictures didn't come out so well. Photography just doesn't work too well at night.
  2. 21 points
    Was able to get out with Luke today and get some hunting in at one of my old spots. Boy, the rains really moved some material. After and arduous 5 mile hike in (well, it seemed like it.) Within 5 min. starting to hunt, I found the small one on the right with the 5000. Had to chase it around a little as it was tiny. About 5 min. after mine, Luke comes back to me and he had found the larger one. Its really flat. After 4 hrs of detecting and no gold, Luke found the little chunky one next to the flat one on the hillside. Great weather out today and gold was found. Nice thing about this wash is I park on the side of a paved road and walk in. Easy peasy! Tom H.
  3. 19 points
    Heres the photo . Well done dude !!
  4. 16 points
    I mentioned finding gold in the meteor forum so here it is. My brother and I hiked into an area that both of us had marked on our GPS. We covered lots of ground and I gave up on the area and was heading to the truck. I met up with my brother and he showed me a small nugget he had found. I guess the brought my motivation back up and I detected every little gully on the way out. My first nugget was the big one and the rest were within 100 feet. This was an excellent day in the hills and might have even have two more meteorites for the collection. I said might because I still have my doubts. AJ
  5. 15 points
    Got out while it was cool cloudy Tuesday and Wednesday.... They were biting..... Chunky 3 with SDC AND 3 smaller ones same spot missed by SDC and nabbed with Gold Monster
  6. 14 points
    I know I totally stole the word "dink/dinkster" from @adam and @boulder dash. It is the perfect adjective to describe the nuggets Ive found though. So here is the pic of the dinkster I found today with Leverite.
  7. 12 points
    I've had the time to make a couple of Rye Patch trips. I did some swinging and some exploring. All of these nuggets came from near the burn barrel so no one got it all! These are from my last trip. This was the total of two trips. Just shy of 1/4 oz.
  8. 10 points
    Well done fellers ....!! Theres a season?? You mean I didnt have to detect this summer ?!
  9. 10 points
    I want to thank each and every one of you guys for you prayers and good vibes. They were indeed felt at the time of need. This was a rough one for me as I had no inclination just what was going on. I put it off too long trying to get the family Easter Celebration going. Finally called in the paramedics in and they got me to the hospital. Extreme pain and couldn't breathe. Lungs full of blood clots and wouldn't let oxygenated blood flow through lungs. Clots came from an operation that I had two weeks prior. Had me on a heparin drip for three days and that took most of the pain away and now I have to be on Eliquis the rest of the way, no more blood thinners or aspirin. Life feels good again and I thank God for my 'Return to Life'. Old Guys, Don't try to go too far after feeling something go awry. Get it checked on most times Medicare will take care of it. That's what you worked an paid for your whole life. A very grateful 'OLD TOM'
  10. 9 points
    I think this user should be kicked off the forum Nice color Chris !
  11. 9 points
    Was able to get out on Fri. with Dave and Jen to do some exploring and detecting up in the San Domingo area. 5 Min. into the hunt I found a little guy. After that LOTS of trash But that is a good thing! Place has not been hit. Which seems unbelievable considering how easy it is to get to and the area around it I know has been hit. It was only down a couple of inches and the 9x14 got it. Saw some old mines, the palo verde trees are starting to bloom. Should look nice in a week or so. Took a pic of a tarantula hawk wasp. Nasty little creature if you read up on it. Found an intact box mold bottle! And.....broke another Idler arm on the YOTO. Did find out guys are making a brace to stop this from happening. I will be making one also as this is the 3rd one ive snapped. Getting kind of old. I had a spare in the YOTO so we swapped it out. Great day out and the weather was decent. Got blessed with a little yellow! Been a while. Tom H.
  12. 8 points
    On Sunday evening my son and a big group were enjoying a paddle down Clear Creek Canyon near Winslow. There were about ten kayaks in a group headed back from a five mile trip upstream. They were a couple miles from the trucks floating along in a big group. The weekend was nearing an end and no one was in a big hurry for the day to come to an end. At one point someone said." Where is David?" His kayak was floating upside down. No sign of him at all. Everyone looked at each other for a few seconds in confusion. My son and another fellow dove down into the water and started swimming around. The water was only about 12-15 feet deep and they went down and came up a couple times. After a few dives my son's friend came up and hollered, "HE'S DOWN THERE!" They dove down and found him there laying on the bottom as still as stone. They grabbed him by the arms and drug him to (the very scarce) shoreline and performed CPR. He immediately exhaled a lung full of water and began to breathe around a lot of fluid. To make a long story short a motorboat came by and took him back to the launch. He was flown to a hospital and then flown to Albuquerque. He seems fine. He was under water a couple minutes AT LEAST. They are watching him for a few days just to make sure all is well. No indication of what went wrong. He says one minute he was paddling along and the next he was on the beach coughing up water. He just lost consciousness for some reason. It was hot and that is the first best guess is that he had a mild heat stroke. They had all had a few beers so that may have played into it although he was not intoxicated at all. He has no history of seizures or fainting but that is always a chance. It is a real mystery as to why he suddenly lost consciousness. He just did. No one was wearing a life vest. It was hot and they were all swimming around a lot. The canyon is super narrow. But as I pointed out afterward there is no beach in most places to swim to shore. A rescue in in most spots would have meant doing it in the water in a sheer sided canyon. Without flotation that would be dicey. If the same thing would have happened in cloudy, deep or moving water he would have never been found. Even if he was not wearing his life vest and just had it clipped to him on a lanyard it would have insured his recovery. Without it he just quietly slumped into the river and went straight to the bottom. I hear he is doing fine today. Thank God. It was as close as a person could get to checking out. Only one little thing went wrong to put him on the bottom of that creek. A whole lot of things had to go just right to bring him back up alive. Everyone involved was trained to do a rescue and knew just what to do. They are all young adventurers and outdoor guides. The people in that group had years of experience handing themselves in every natural setting imaginable. They were all in excellent shape and had prepared themselves mentally for this scenario. They reacted instinctively and ran the plan without saying a word. Within seconds of them figuring out there was a problem the guy was sputtering again. These guys are heroes. And not accidental heroes either. They put in their hours and trained and practiced to be heroes. When the time came they got it done. I think that is mighty awesome. I bet David does too.
  13. 8 points
    No dancing, gun packing, stinky fingered stuff I'm tellin' ya... I enjoyed my time immensely in Glorieta. I lived there for a year in a guest house before purchasing property a few miles to the east on the rim of the Freckle River canyon. Did you know Glorieta Mesa is the longest contiguous mesa in North America? It runs east and west for over 30 miles. It is often considered the terminus of the Rocky Mountains. It was here that Lincoln LaPaz observed the flying green lights. It is here where the Dali Lama hid during his exile. It is here where Demi Moore was jailed for public indecency for pushing her bare boobs against the glass window of a liquor store (it was 12 degrees at the time). There are a half dozen ancient pueblos here. The Spanish called them "Pecos" which means "freckle". Because when the Spanish bred with them the mixed children (and adults) were often freckled. They worshipped a giant snake and had human sacrifice in addition to having spots after breeding with the Spanish. Consequently everything is named Freckle. The Freckle River originates in the Sangre De Christo Mountians just below Freckle Peak. Freckle Canyon is famous for residents like Val Kilmer, and Jane Fonda. The Freckle River flows all the way through New Mexico and ends way down in Freckle, Texas. The entire area is known as the Freckle River Basin. You may have heard of the tales of Freckle Bill and his blue ox Babe? His wife was named Slue-Foot Sue and she rode a big catfish down the Rio Grande. Big wide hips. No freckles. Wore a lot of bouncy petticoats. Maybe you have heard of them? …Oh yeah, I almost forgot. A meteorite fell there. A pallasite. When sliced it looks like a steel fruitcake. Nicely patterned pieces can be worth a thousand bucks for a slice a bit bigger than a postage stamp. Real prospector porn I'm tellin' ya.
  14. 8 points
    Went out last weekend and did some panning and a little dredging. Water was flowing decent for a bit but it didn't last long. Here are the spoils. This does not include the previous weekends gold.
  15. 7 points
    I thought this was about small detector finds? This was from my last trip.... Small but not the smallest I've found..just showing possibility.
  16. 7 points
    Five large asteroids skimmed Earth today. The closest, asteroid 2019-OK, just discovered in the last 36 hours is 250 feet wide and missed us by just 45,000 miles, 0.2 the distance to the Moon. This early evening Arizona time it will have reached magnitude 9.4, which I can spot with my high powered binoculars. A thee inch telescope would work also to see it. Unfortunately, it is poorly timed and placed to observe before it fades. Please note that it is moving very quickly and seven hours later the magnitude has dropped to an impossible +46 as most of the dark side faces Earth, about as bright as a pen light sitting on the Moon. Not even Hubble would have a good shot at that. An impact of an object that size would have made a crater about 1.25 miles across and wiped out most life in an area the size of Connecticut. At that distance 1/144 objects will impact the Earth. For objects that come closer than the Moon the impact ratio is 1/3600. Asteroid 2019-OD, discovered a few weeks ago, came 0.9 lunar distance from Earth today. It is almost identical in size at 237 feet wide. It was best visible last evening in the southern hemisphere at magnitude 12.79, 6 inch telescope range. Asteroid 2015-HM10, discovered 4 years ago also is nearly the same size at 225 feet wide, but safely missed us by 12.2 lunar distance, about 2.9 million miles. Asteroid 2019-OE, at 2.5 lunar distance about 600,000 miles away, is 100 feet across. An impact from this one would be much larger than Chelyabinsk, but smaller than Meteor Crater. Both of these asteroids would have been too dim to be seen at magnitude +17.5. Heads up. You can learn about and see some of the larger Near Earth Asteroids NEO's which pass closer than 20 LD at http://www.spaceweather.com/ Click the Ephemeris tab, enter your home observing coordinates, date, and duration to generate where they may be seen in the sky. Tomorrow, the even bigger Asteroid 2010-PK9 at 500+ feet will miss us by 8.2 LD. Asteroid 2010-PK9 is a rare Aten class asteroid whose orbit brings it much closer to the Sun. In this case half as close as Mercury in a 205 day highly elliptical orbit. About two dozen more NEO's are listed in the next couple of months with more discovered and updated daily. You realize that only about 10%~ of these relatively small and very close NEO's are even observed as they pass by. Ignorance is bliss! Cheers! billpeters
  17. 7 points
    I was coming home from bow fishing yesterday and stopped by a place that I thought might have a meteorite. Within five minutes of searching I found this beautiful oriented iron. It is in fairly good condition and has a removable handle. When I took the handle off I discovered genuine lint. I have sent this lint to NASA because I suspect it came from Mars. There is no telling how old this aerolite is. The foundry that manufactured this sad iron started production way back in the 1780's and produced various styles of irons into the late 1800's. I have not done much research so I don't know exactly how old it is but it is a nice piece to add to my collection. The markings say Colebrookdale Iron Company, Boyertown Pa. U.S.A. Maybe in the future I will offer polished slices of this rare Martian aerolite. Terry Solomon may want a dandy wrist watch created around a slice. But for now we can all bask in the glory of the main mass as it was found.
  18. 7 points
    These forums are a type of social media (like YouTube, FaceBook, etc.) where reality is often distorted in the viewers perception. You see a few people posting gold photos consistently and suddenly it seems very easy to accomplish. Same with reality shows. There are far more lurkers than posters and some of the most successful prospectors - detectorists never join a forum or participate in social media. It’s just not their thing. What you don’t know is as meaningful as what you do know, and as Clay noted - aside from gold, there are many other opportunities with natural resources. Knowledge is a big key. Finding gold consistently is fairly easy to do with experience. Finding enough to exist is one thing, finding enough to thrive is another. It all circles back to what you want and need, especially with living standards. Many people don’t know what they want other than the fact that they want change and more control over their lives. Deciding to be an independent miner is fundamentally a form of risk assessment. Like a few others here, I’ve done small scale and agree that it’s hard work and risk. You have to treat it like a business, because it is. It can be romantic/legendary in thought and it can make for good memories, especially if you can laugh at hard times. There are plenty of places where good gold still exists, and the bottom line is no one gets it all. Everyone leaves gold. It can be fun to chase crumbs, try to find what others may have overlooked or left behind because of something far better in their sights, or be the first in an area to find the big gold trophy nuggets. My daughter recently graduated with her first college degree and is pursuing her second. Before she started college my wife and I asked her to think about what she wanted her days to look like 5, 10, 15, 20, and 30 years from that point in time. It took awhile but she came up with an answer. From there we just needed to apply some ideas about how she could accomplish those states. We knew the end goal, so we began journey planning with that in mind. People change, and their dreams and goals change. Life is short so again, there is nothing wrong with taking a chance if you want to. You can always change course. My point is this, what do you want your working days and your future to look like - construction sites or the gold fields? Are you willing to accept the risks that come with striking out on your own? I have a friend who was in the construction business for himself here in the lower 48. He really wanted to go to Alaska and try his hand at independent mining, so he pulled up stakes here and went north. A lot of research went into the decision and he ended up being a handyman for a few years, but eventually acquired a few claims. Having prospected Alaska myself, I agree Alaska is vast with huge potential. But it’s not a cakewalk. He still has yet to make a profit and maybe when this season is done he will, I sure hope so. Just because you’re passionate about something does not mean that you won’t suck at it. Avocation vs vocation. Other friends of ours wanted to live the “van life”. He and his wife sold their house, 95% of everything they owned, paid off all debt, and hit the road after completing a van build. They kept some cash, made some investments, and now work part time/seasonal jobs to keep their savings as intact as possible. They absolutely love it and never plan on looking back. Now with prospecting you could do the same and give yourself a safety net of sorts. Success, satisfaction, and happiness have different definitions for us all.
  19. 7 points
    Woooo! I welded the cylinder heads this morning :-) I had another strange premonition, so I stopped into the local welding shop yesterday. After talking with the manager, I walked out with a free bottle of argon that had a little still left in it. I'll return the bottle Monday, but that little bit was more than enough to weld the heads up. ER 4043 works great as a filler wire. I have some some cleaning to do before final pics...but they are both welded finally!
  20. 7 points
    Been facing a few specimens of this material. It was collected over 50 years ago. I got a fair amount from the son of the guy that collected it. A few other people got some also but very little was ever collected.
  21. 7 points
    Here’s a few cool things I’ve found. The yellow stuff is some neat petrified wood, they are pretty big chunks with neat textures, and it’s agatized inside. The one square piece has a knot hole in it. Also some pics of some fluorite from a spot Bedrock Bob showed me. I met a guy who has a couple claims in a turquoise area, he took us out and let us hunt around and keep any pieces we found. I found that nugget in the wash a long way from the main source.
  22. 7 points
    I have it in my bottle!😂 He walked away from it. I still call it the teamwork nugget. Watch the You Tube video when we post it.😁
  23. 7 points
    Hahahahaha......Haha, yep We said snake> (too cold) then Nugget lol
  24. 6 points
    I happened to run across a news article from the '50s that mentioned a remote picnic site that was popular for weekend and holiday gatherings. A faded black and white photograph showed several concrete tables, benches, and stone bar-b-que pits on a secluded hilltop outside of town. I couldn't find anything else to go on and everyone I talked to had never heard of it, so I explored the back-roads until I located it by a process of elimination. There was nothing left of the concrete and stone that was functionally intact, and the (4x4 only), inaccessibility of the rocky washed out road made the location an ideal lover's lane, beer drinking - high school hideaway. After several trips to the site and a modest clean-up effort, I managed to unearth a few nice surprises: Wheaties, rosies, jeffersons, one buffalo/Indian head, a girls10k gold ring with a tiny "diamond" setting, and a singed 1961 Ben Franklin half dollar. The biggest surprise though, was the improvised "black-jack" made from a gym sock filled with (217) clad pennies, hidden under a pile of rocks. That's what makes detecting so head shaking interesting. You just never know what you might find next!
  25. 6 points
    The other night I went out for a night on the town and I also saw a LOT of grey foxes running around....but here we call them Cougars!
  26. 6 points
    Its that time of the year!!
  27. 6 points
    Flashback Series: Tales From The Flat, Part 1Oh, the things we discover when we camp with someone for the first time . . .In the 1990’s, I used to chase the gold a long, long ways north and west of where I currently live, and the last section of the journey was a series of rough logging roads that was hard on vehicles and on nerves (if you’ve ever almost been killed by a logging truck, you know of what I speak).After our arduous journey, we selected a spot where some of the original gold rush miners from the 1870’s had camped. It was a nice level spot with a creek on one side and the river on the other, the river about 30 feet down on the left, the creek located in a gentle draw on the right.We went through the tiring process of unloading everything from the back of the truck, so that we could set up the outfitter’s wall tent. Once we’d put together a portion of the steel inner-frame, we hauled the white canvas up over the sidewall and roof supports. Next, I ran inside to lift up the remaining sidewall struts and poles, in order to set up, adjust, and stabilize the wall legs while my partner steadied the tent. After our canvas home was up, we covered the whole thing with a massive silver tarp as extra protection from the sudden downpours that frequently occur in those remote mountains. Then, we secured the tarp and the tent walls with ropes and stakes, and lastly, set up our mattresses, bedding, and the wood-burning stove my partner had manufactured himself (he used to supply the GPAA with stoves for their Alaska trips).We set up our base-camp on the flat treed area of older growth spruce, fur, white-barked birch, aspen, complimented by (along the banks of the bordering creek) thick stands of green-leafed willows and alders. Nestled amongst the trees, here and there, were several old log cabins, none of them inhabited, and an abandoned Hudson’s Bay store. However, all possessed great character. Likely each structure had many tales to tell, being located in such a rich, storied goldfield, one where the Argonauts had chased the gold for well over a hundred and twenty years. On a related note, the old road we had journeyed in on ran right through our camping flat, and was still in use by the locals to get to the upper lakes for fishing, and to get upstream to their mining claims.With the camp set up, I finally felt how truly hammered I was from lack of sleep, adrenaline drop, and road exhaustion, brought on by sixteen straight hours of night and day travel on terrible roads, plus near-death encounters with logging trucks! As the long summer night was beginning to wane, all I wanted to do was crawl into my sleeping bag and drift off to blissful sleep. That is what I wanted, but that is not what happened . . .A long, restful sleep was not to be that first night. Even though I fell asleep easily, I was soon jarred from my dreams to discover something shocking about my partner: his snoring alternated somewhere between the noise of a fully-revved chainsaw, to that of a fully engaged Jake-Brake (engine ******er brake) on a semi-trailer! I tried pushing on his air mattress to interrupt his screeching midnight symphony, but he only snorted, made puckering and slurping sounds, and then hurried on to compose whole new measures to his masterpiece.Mercifully, my brain came to my rescue: I remembered hearing somewhere that a sudden, loud noise could jar a person from their deep-sleep snoring, leaving them in a lighter state of sleep with no snoring. In desperation, I whistled as loud as I could. (I can perform a loud, ear-splitting whistle on command, call my horses in from half a mile) My partner shot bolt upright in his sleeping bag, wildly scanning every corner of the tent, completely unaware of what had torn him from his sleep. I lay there as quiet and motionless as death, eyes closed, the perfect picture of an unconscious tent mate. As nothing was amiss in the tent, he quickly settled down to drift off to a soundless sleep.For about fifteen minutes . . .After that short reprieve, he launched into a whole new musical composition whose noise surpassed his former cruel and unnatural level! I genuinely felt he would wake the long-dead miners in the historic cemetery two blocks away. So, I whistled again, with a renewed, desperate effort. Once more, he sat bolt upright, and again, I remained motionless and silent. This time, the snoring ceased for the night, and I slept like the dead in the cemetery two blocks distant.Upon waking the next morning, my partner was in a reflective mood. It took him a bit of time to come out and state what was perplexing him so deeply. After fidgeting a bit, he said, “Do you realize you whistle in your sleep? You woke me up last night, and I just couldn’t get back to sleep!”Truth is indeed stranger than fiction.All the best,Lanny
  28. 6 points
    I just finished "reconditioning" an ol Nuggetfinder 10" fiberglass disk. I came into. I'm actually excited about takin it out for the 1st time. An I'm goin to a place that has had detectors over it since the 1970's. I witnessed a 3.2 DWT. nugget come out of a 24 inch deep hole in a mountain wash a few years back with it. Coils an detectors are like "slot machines" its not the "seat" when ya see someone WINNING, its the ass that's in it .
  29. 6 points
  30. 6 points
    It looks like everyone around here is either too shy...or they have warrants. It sounds like a fun project, but Momma used to say I had a face made for radio. You should talk Adam and Boulderdash into it. Of course... they would steal the show by finding the treasure within 5 minutes of arrival!
  31. 5 points
    Got Soaked twice today. But it felt GREAT compared to all that summer heat-crap!!! Gary
  32. 5 points
    Bob, I am certified in digging in the dirt looking for gold and other treasures just not so much on meteorites. That being said where in the world did you find that photo of me with such a short beard and mustache, it must be a very old photo because I never remembered my facial hair ever being that short, not to mention the hair on my head???
  33. 5 points
    What difference does it make if it's a one week old thread or a ten year old thread? A friend of mine had a bad experience with a brown recluse spider. Got it?
  34. 5 points
    I'm sure in time you will find even smaller pieces... Probably half that size. I've found them many times before just have to listen for that crackle in the detector.
  35. 5 points
    You know guys, this whole thing is off topic. We tried to have a forum for this stuff a few years ago but it caught fire and imploded. It caused a lot of unneeded hard feelings. Please leave it here and move on. This is a gold forum first and foremost let's keep it that way. Jump on Facebook if you want to toss bombs (or rocks)…we don't need it here. Stop.
  36. 5 points
    The BLM just raised mining claim location fees to $40. They also raised the annual maintenance fees to $165. That $165 applies to every 20 acres on a placer claim. These new fees take effect on September 1, 2019 at 12:01 a.m. If you have already paid your maintenance fees for the upcoming mining year you will still need to pony up the extra $10 per claim/20 acres. The BLM is saying they will send you a notice if you owe more than you have already paid. If they don't you still need to pay so I wouldn't be waiting around for that letter in the mail, just be prepared to pay up before September 1. This will give you an idea of how much the annual base maintenance fees per claim/size will be now. 0-20 acre placer millsite, tunnel site or lode claim = $165 20-40 acre placer claim = $330 40-60 acre placer claim = $495 60-80 acre placer claim = $660 80-100 acre placer claim = $825 100-120 acre placer claim = $990 120-140 acre placer claim = $1155 140-160 acre placer claim = $1320 If you have 10 or fewer claims you may be eligible for the small miner's waiver. The fees are the same for the annual small miner filing $15 per claim no matter what size it is as long as you complete $100 worth of work on each claim. You can read the notice announcing these new fees in today's Federal Register.
  37. 5 points
    Hello again everyone! I have just ordered my first metal detector! I'm very excited !! So i bet you all are wondering what i got... After many hours of research and with the help from you all, I decided to go with the Equinox 800 I also purchased the EQX 06 DD coil, i'm pretty sure that was a good idea to add it. It will be here Thursday
  38. 5 points
    These are my friend Adams photos from today. Yes... a wagon as a trailer..... with an ATV on it. Needless to say it was a poor choice of transportation for the ATV. I just became more interested in finding a way out of the city!
  39. 5 points
    Hello everybody, found these beautiful natrolite on analcime background, thought it would be a nice idea to share them with you! All crystals are from the volcanogenic areas of Cyprus island in the mediterranean sea. Enjoy!
  40. 5 points
    We all know he's an absolutely gorgeous looking guy. But we want pics.
  41. 4 points
    Welcome to the forum Randy! I moved your topic to a more appropriate forum. Have you had the "silver" nugget tested to be sure it's silver? I ask that for 2 reasons, silver nuggets are usually tarnished when found, your's looks to have a bit of white oxidation instead, also for the size it is it would weight more than 50 grams, IMHO. From seeing the white oxidation, the weight and also it appears to have been melted into the shape it is I'm thinking it's either melted aluminum or possibly Babbitt, which is an old time bearing material which was melted and poured into old machinery bearing housings. To show what I mean about silver being found tarnished here a photo of a chunk of almost solid silver assayed at 96% pure.
  42. 4 points
    Velikoysky was a Scientism pioneer. He replaced objective observation with belief and faith. He re-wrote the creation story and earth history where it made no sense from a faith perspective and did not pass any objective test of science. Then tried to sell it as scientific theory. He twisted science in precisely the same shape as L.Ron Hubbard twisted religion. They came from opposite ends of the philosophical spectrum and wound up in a very similar place. Velikoysky was not successful because he tried to sell his product as fact to people who knew better. Hubbard sold his product as fantasy to people who didn't. Scientism is making a big comeback these days. Science deniers are all about disproving objective observation with firmly held beliefs. Anti-vaxxers, flat earther, climate change deniers, chemtrails, and a whole host of other "belief groups" are all based on the same system that Velikoysky leaned heavily upon.
  43. 4 points
    Who didn't want to look like 'Charles Atlas? He was just a little skinny kid that the girls all ignored, but when that big brute kicked sand in his face he bought a 'Dynamic Tension' kit and changed his life forever. He kicked hat tough guys butt and lived happily ever after with all those good looking girls.
  44. 4 points
    Just wanted to post another couple pictures of the meteorite which I think gives a better idea of its size. It weighs 72.6 pounds! I have decided to go through the process of sanding and polishing the 2 previously made cuts and Dr. Gross has generously offered to etch both surfaces next time I see her on Sept 3. Personally, I believe that whomever ends up owning this meteorite would love to be able to see the patterns. Of course I would like to be that person, but this is all being done for my brother-in-law and to help with his finances, so unfortunately I doubt that person will be me. Whatever ends up happening, this meteorite and joining this forum has been both educational, been lots of fun and opened up a whole new world for me. Hope you all enjoy the photo and thanks for looking!
  45. 4 points
    Certainly a wonderful find, but "second largest Arizona nugget" found is a far stretch. Specific gravity test reveals a 22 troy ounce gold content, whereas Kevin Hoagland and Terry Bone both found 27 ouncers in AZ. And what about the Potato Patch at Rich Hill, where LARGER potato-size nuggets were recovered? Just sayin'. HH Jim
  46. 4 points
    Electrician, If you are an electrician, I have buddys out here in Las Vegas that are electricians, making $35-40 an hour..... I dont know a fully qualified electrician making under $20 an hour.... I would go that route, than $100 a day...
  47. 4 points
    I figured you would win this contest too you rascal! I just won me a couple of really nice nuggets over on the Nugget Hunting forum too! Adam found some sweet gold and we are supposed to guess the two nuggets from closest to the source. I nailed it big time! I have already sent him my address and expect my nuggets to arrive in a couple days! I can't believe the luck I am having lately!
  48. 4 points
    Geez -- yet someone else tryin' to give planned obsolescence a bad name.. WTG Luke..! Nice job ^5 Swamp
  49. 4 points
    Just found this article. Interesting read. https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2019/02/hunting-for-antarcticas-lost-meteorites/583564/?utm_medium=offsite&utm_source=google&utm_campaign=newsstand-science
  50. 4 points
    Ahmad, Unfortunately all of the coins you have pictured here are fakes/counterfeits of actual USA coins, with the exception of the top centered coin which is not even a real USA coin even if it were not fake/counterfeit, there was never a coin like that ever made in the USA by our goverment, there a very good reason why they looks fake as stated by LukeJ, it's because they are totally fakes/counterfeits and not very good fakes at that. That being said if indeed these coins are made of real silver they are worth their weight in current spot silver value at the very least, many counterfiets were made of iron/steel and plated with silver, try a magnet to see if the coins will stick to the magnet, it any do they are not real silver. Now that being said they could have some value over the silver content, some counterfeit coins are collected by some coin collectors and if it's a rare counterfeit then it could be worth some real money...BUT I can't tell you what that value would be, I am a coin collector and have a bit of knowledge about USA coins, but I don't collect or pursue counterfeit coins but I do know they are collected and have real value IF they are "real" counterfeits, e.g. meaning they were made around the time of the dates on the coins and are not more modern counterfeits trying to fool modern coin collectors into believing it's a rare old collectable coin.
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