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  1. 6 points
    I was routing around in some of my parents stuff (parents are deceased) and i found a vial that contained "gold". I remember my parents, my sister and i panned for this "gold" when i was 7 or 8. It was certainly shiny and had a little color. I laughed as i examined it and realized we didnt get any gold. Well anyway i think im making them both proud be keeping at it and actually finding what i now know IS gold. Good memories.... my parents are thanked everytime I see the color in my pan, box or hand.
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    That vial influenced you and your imagination as a child. Most kids these days don't get that opportunity. Your story is a reminder to take kids out and get them involved in outdoor activities!
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    Hi Bob, your time spent on this forum is some of the most provocative, erudite and confounding writing you will find anywhere. Keep it coming, ultimately we are all better for it...albeit a touch bruised, but that's a part of growing. Later...
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    Here are a couple better shots of the bear. It was broken off a larger piece. Maybe a pipe?
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    Here are three interesting things found on a recent trip to the diamond fields just east of Lake Deming. A carving of a bear that must be mighty old. A fossilized core of a seashell and a petrified prospector's pucker.
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    Ill give you this much... If your land ownership app is showing any BLM land near the spot you are in the wrong county. If the "fragments" you are finding are not obviously meteorites you have not found Glorieta. There are no pieces of this meteorite that leave any doubt about where they came from. If you find one you will know it. If there is any doubt about it you have not found one. Contacting UNM about Glorieta is like asking the wolf's opinion on how the chicken tastes. If you find even one small piece of this meteorite you are trespassing. There is no chance that you are going to get permission to hunt any private land there and there is no chance that you are going to find any meteorites on land that you do not have to gain permission to legally hunt. You can get help, info and even exact locations for (almost) every other gold and meteorite location in the state. Learn your stuff at another location and then tackle Glorieta when you are prepared. Go to Holbrook. Then search for a piece of the Willard meteorite. Then head over to Lea or Roosevelt county and hunt some blowouts. If you can show that you have learned this much you will be a lot more likely to get help with Glorieta. Otherwise you will be regarded as just another hobbyist that wants to tackle the big one without the time and knowledge invested. Just my two cents Iceman. You gotta learn to walk before you can run. No one who has conquered Glorieta is going to give you any info because they had to spend hundreds of hours and pay those dues themselves. Until you pay yours this post is as much info as you are going to get. Good luck man.
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    The Kilbourne Hole, Phillips Hole, Potrillo area is a direct conduit to the bowels of the earth. And there is definitely persistent rumors of a rich diamond mine in that area. There is also a story about a vertical fissure where diamonds can be found in the Pedernal Hills near Estancia. That also happens to be right on top of a kimberlite pipe. It is a strange coincidence that both of these stories just happen to be located in geology suitable for diamonds. I have been told that there are 11 kimberlite pipes and another half dozen lamprolite tubes in New Mexico. As far as I know only the Deming diamond fields have had any mining activity.
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    The last photo I petrified turtle scat. I got that at a rock and mineral show Rocky Ann gem & mineral show every April. I never miss on. Thank you for the replies. I haven’t even begun to show my collection. Which I really want to share with anyone who wants to look.
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    Don't worry Tom. Those things don't have any teeth. Besides it is petrified. Think of it like a stuffed rattlesnake. It looks really spooky but it is completely harmless. It is up to each man to decide how irritated he needs to get over my posts. The choice is yours to make. I don't think Fred is bothered at all with my banter. Others choose to get really swollen up over it. It is a free country and I would not dare infringe on anyone's right to get all puffy and hurt over something I posted.
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    I bought one of 6” coils too. If my wife has fun at this outing and enjoys detecting I may get her a Gold Monster.
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    Anyone and everyone is invited. Come on and join us ... you and your wife are welcome!
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    There's been diamonds found while dredging in California which unfortunately isn't allowed anymore. But I doubt if many of the dredgers would recognize diamonds in the rough.
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    Let's go!!! New Mexico is closer and dryer than Arkansas... fred
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    You must have mis-understood my post. IMHO a streak test is worthless for an iron. Terrestrial iron streaks and looks exactly like meteoritic iron. So a streak test on iron (terrestrial or meteoritic) tells you nothing. You can easily see that it is free iron by looking at it. And you know that a streak test is just going to produce metal filings. Differentiating an iron meteorite from a tramp metal is tricky business and subjective at best. You just can't do it. It has to be done by experts and even then it is just an educated opinion sometimes. Again, the appearance of a piece of metal is 99% of determination. Fusion crust and shape is just about all you have unless you see big olivine crystals busting out of it. On a stone meteorite the presence of metal, chondrules, nickel and fusion crust tell the tale. Those are things that differentiate meteorites from terrestrial material. The lack of a streak is a good indicator, just like being magnetic and displaying magnetism. But it is not unique to meteorites so it is not something you can really go by without all of the other observations in place. A window into the specimen tells you everything you need to know. I use a streak test to identify certain minerals that are often difficult to distinguish. Like hematite and magnetite. You generally don't use a streak test to differentiate rocks but rather individual minerals themselves. I have never used the streak test to differentiate an iron meteorite from a tramp metal nor a stone meteorite from a terrestrial rock. I just cant see how that information could be of value to me. That is just my opinion though. And I am just posing as a prospector and meteorite hunter here. I Google things and then act like an expert on these forums. So keep in mind that almost everything I post is imagined or copy/paste from an internet source and does not come from first hand experience.
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    Nope. You need to join the Albuquerque club and go to the San Pedro's. Either that or the GPAA and hit Placer Creek. Both are excellent gold locations that are close, accessible and possible for you to get started in the hobby. The Ortiz and San Pedro placers are excellent. You will find much more gold within 40 miles of your doorstep than anywhere in the Elizabethtown District. Placer Creek is an awesome spot to go and you can share and learn lots of info from fellows who are in your league.
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    Many years ago I was prospecting in the general vicinity of the Caballo Mts. in Sierra County. I met a guy who said he was doing materials sampling on mining claims held by a big company. He had a contraption on the back of his truck and a bunch of equipment mounted all over it. I asked him what it was and he told me it was a diamond jig. There were a couple cone bottom tanks and a vibrating box. He would put material in the top and after a dozen buckets or so he would dump the box. That would go over a vibrating sluice box with a grease covered mat in the bottom. After a few runs he would put that greasy matting in a bucket of gasoline and collect the stuff that stuck to the grease. It looked like black sand. But under a microscope it looked more like tiny little obsidian nodules. He told me they were little carbonados and we were standing on a kimberlite pipe that extended up from very deep in the earth. They are used as abrasives and that the company that hired him was considering mining them. That was over three decades ago and no mining has ever been done in that location. I have been back to that spot several times. It is about 30 miles from my house. I have often threatened to make a little grease table and see if I can recover some of them but I never have.
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    But if his hardness tests are accurate, that rules out opal, which is why I mentioned agate.
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    Hello to all of you in the forum world. I’m so excited that someone actually responded to my first post. I don’t know yet how to upload photos but I’m certainly trying to learn. Any advice? I’m from Medford Oregon. A lot of my much loved collection is relatively close to my surroundings agates, obsidian, jasper etc. I don’t care about value it’s all very valuable to me. Thank you so much for the nice welcome
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    There is a strewn field map of the area, held by certain old time meteorite hunters. A lot of videos on the area were removed back in the day when the blm was threatening regulations/ taxing meteorites, and there was even a raid on a certain meteorite dealer. Since all that happened years ago, its been tight lipped since. Dave
  21. 1 point
    There are no known occurrences of obsidian east of the Mississippi. Between the pictures and the video, I think it's probably slag glass.
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    HEy, thanks mucho! Something new to read and explore vicariously.... fred
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    She was Family!Nugget108, She gave me lots of love, and I loved her back. like a little kid. Grubstake
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    Looks like feldspar inclusions in the gas bubbles of a volcanic. A very common situation. Exactly the environment for opal to be formed. Glassy feldspars as well. Yeah, it does look like kimberlite. Intrusive volcanic necks often host sweet stuff like moonstone and bytownite both in gas bubbles and running veins. Sometimes a big pegmatite body will form and large crystals will be formed. It looks similar to the material my opal specimen is on. Full of vesicles popping out little sandine and albite crystals that sparkle with blue schiller.
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    Birdbrain! Here is my two cents. I am pretty sure it is opal, but it is vein opal formed in volcanic rock. From an organic rich solution rather than silica replacement like a petrified organic like wood or bone. It is laying on a host rock and that is the dead giveaway. Petrified wood is not formed in rock like that. PurpleCharm, My money is still on common opal. It looks just like common opal and is on a volcanic just like common opal. I suppose it could be some variety of feldspar. Opal can be as clear as glass. Any "rainbows" would be caused by fractures and not opalescence. Common opal rarely displays opalescence. It often has prismatic refraction from fractures in transparent material. It fractures just like glass. That is what I am seeing. Not a tougher material like agate or jasper. Not a strongly geometric crystal habit like fluorite but completely amorphous. You can see by the long conchoidal fractures that the material is very near glass in bending and toughness. There are very few minerals that would fracture like that. Opal and a few feldspars would be the only common minerals that it could be IMHO. The matrix, the appearance, the fracture all scream common opal to me. But that is just my completely ignorant opinion based only on my ability to Google and BS. I have no real experience with rocks at all and I'm just posing as a prospector and rockhound. So take everything I say with caution. I could be just making stuff up.
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    You are so right Edge. No one has mentioned the battlefield or spoken about cannonballs and shrapnel. No one has mentioned the pet bears that Glorieta is famous for either. For years there was a family of tame black bears that would interact with humans at a roadside attraction right next to the highway. Back in the days of Route 66 hundreds of thousands of travelers passed through there and saw the bears. It was on Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom for chrissake! And then there are the Spanish ruins built over the old Kiva where they worshipped a giant snake. Nobody mentions that either. You know they sold slaves there in the colonization period? The tribes would sell their captives back to the families they stole them from at a big auction there. What rich history and no one seems to care! They have the big Baptist Centre at Glorieta. The biggest private firearm collection on display anywhere is there. One of the highest lesbian populations per capita too. None of this gets any mention at all on this forum. All they want to talk about is the stupid fist sized pallasites worth millions of dollars laying around in the woods like chunks of steel fruitcake just waiting to be picked up. People are tough to figure these days buddy. I don't think most of them have their heads screwed on straight sometimes. Its just not like it used to be huh?
  30. 1 point
    Things I Wouldn't Do Again (Part-3) I called up my hunting buddy Scott, told him what I had picked up in trade and we were soon on the way to one of our favorite shooting places at an abandoned rock quarry in a rural part of the county that was usually devoid of visitors. The high stone walls of the quarry helped to mute the sound of gunfire and there were several dozed up mounds of dirt which served as a backstop to catch our rounds. We finally burned through our ammo after about an hour of learning to control the muzzle climb on full auto and learning that short bursts were better for staying on target, and for avoiding feeding malfunctions. It also helped to prevent the barrel from overheating. On the way back to our vehicle, we turned a sharp corner and I immediately saw a flash of sunlight on a gold badge pinned to a tan uniform. The Sheriff's deputy was approaching from about 50 yards away and was looking at the ground as he walked towards us down the narrow foot path we were on. At that moment, we were passing a drainage ditch that was mostly empty of water but contained muddy sludge that was a couple of feet deep. I launched the carbine through the air and watched it land in the mud where it lay on the surface for a few seconds before sinking slowly out of sight. We kept walking until we reached the deputy, who happened to be an animal control officer looking for stay dogs that had been reported in the area. We waited until he left the area, then I went back and waded out into the mud and retrieved the carbine. I was sweating bullets on the close call I'd had and thought about leaving it there buried in the muck. Finally, I decided that I would just get rid of it as soon as possible, so I ended up trading it to the manager of the gun department at Sport Chalet, straight across for a NIB Mod 39 S&W 9 MM DA pistol and several boxes of ammo. As it turned out, once I reached infantry training, I realized that no prior experience with an automatic weapon was necessary. It also occurred to me that running the risk of acquiring a "machine gun" on my own had been an extremely dumb idea, and looking back on it, If had it to do all over again, I wouldn't. But now and then, in recalling the incident I find myself smiling, and I have to admit, . . . it was a hell of a lot of fun!
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    In the late '60's, after signing up for the Marine Corps, I knew there was a great likelihood that I would be sent to Vietnam, and for some strange reason I thought it might be a good idea to undergo some preparatory training in the use of automatic weapons. Looking back on it now, I have no idea why that made sense, considering the risk and legal ramifications of getting caught in possession of a fully automatic weapon, but it seemed like a good idea at the time. I had made no attempts to obtain one, but the interest was there just the same. I was an avid rifle and handgun aficionado, shooter, and gun collector, and spent most of my days off going around to all the gun stores, pawnshops, and estate sales in the area where I lived. I had acquired as many S&W revolvers, especially .357 Mags that I could afford. In those days, Smith and Wesson .357 cal handguns were pretty hard to come by, (as was the asking price), if you could even find the model you wanted. Model 19's and 27's were particularly scarce and the Model 28 Highway Patrolman wasn't all that common either. There was such a consumer demand for these guns, they were being rationed or allocated to dealers by the manufacturer because of production lag time, and it wasn't unusual to have to wait 6 months to a year, with your name on a waiting list for a chance on getting one. Collecting these revolvers was considered to be a good investment due to the supply and demand issues (and the accompanying price increases that closely followed) I usually started out at the Sport Chalet Sporting Goods store in Pleasant Hill, CA, and on one occasion I happened to strike up a conversation with a short haired, clean cut young man in his early 20's, standing in front of the gun counter. He was admiring the S&W handguns in the display case, mostly a few .38 snubbies and a .38 cal M&P or two, along with one overpriced Mod 27 .357. The man said he was looking for a Model 28, preferably new, but he would consider a used one in good condition. Now, it just so happened that I had a spare Mod 28 .357 Mag NIB that I had paid $125.00 for. I mentioned that I had one for sale or trade and he said he was low on cash but had some guns on hand and thought we might be able to make a trade if I was interested. When I inquired about his trading material he responded vaguely and said he would like to show me what he had so I could inspect the items in person. In retrospect, I probably should have backed out then and there, but I was becoming intrigued and was anticipating the prospects of making a good deal, so I agreed to meet him the following day at a coffee shop in Oakland. (con't)
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    Things I Wouldn't Do Again (Part-2) Upon arrival, I got in his car and he drove around randomly for 30 minutes or so, before pulling up at a residence in Oakland Hills where he introduced me to an elderly couple he said was his mom and dad. I sat in the living room while he went upstairs and returned a few minutes later dragging a large, bulky, sea bag nosily down the steps, one bump at a time. He reached in and pulled out a long, round, metal tubular section which I recognized as a half of a Bazooka ant-tank weapon, then pulled out the other half, followed by 2 rocket rounds and placed them on the floor. Next was a military grade .30 cal M-1 carbine with attached magazine which he held out to me, asking if I liked it. I had never been a big fan of the .30 carbine round and told him so. Plus, the stock was a little rough, so I asked him what else he had. I glanced into the bag, briefly observing another carbine, plus misc items I couldn't identify. He pulled out the second carbine, which looked to be in almost unused condition (that I also started to turn down), until I saw the selector switch on the top of the receiver. He must have noticed the pleased expression on my face and said, "I knew you would like that one" I had never seen an M-2 carbine, but I knew what they were, what they looked like and what they would do. Just flip the selector switch forward and you've got a fully automatic weapon with a high cyclic rate of fire. Before we made the trade he told me he had brought all the stuff he showed me back from Vietnam as a "combat loss" and said that a condition of the trade was that I not let the gun, "fall into the wrong hands" I asked what he meant by that and he said that he belonged to a group that were, "preparing for the coming revolution" but didn't offer any further explanation. He did say if I ever got rid of the gun to make sure I knew the person it was going to and of course, I agreed. I ended up with the M-2, a couple of spare magazines, plus a few hundred rounds of .30 cal military ball ammo, and I COULD NOT WAIT to try it out. (con't)
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    Not much, if any gold here in Arizona. Consider Nevada for a new destination.
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    This is a long shot, you're probably way too far from there. I found stones at the Crater of Diamonds park in Arkansas, amethyst colored and had them checked by the park geologist. Found near the amethyst bed also, which is now mostly hunted out. These turned out to be a type of jasper with a purple tinted inside, A whitish coating on the outside and stones were not pitted like some jasper. They seemed more like agate but geologist thought jasper was right.
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    Mike! When I view the main forum the title of this thread is shortened. It reads Spring Outing ... It's Off That is not the worst part. A couple weeks ago I was looking at the forum and saw a post from Knifemaker84. It read... Good day for screwing Dontcha love technology?
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