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    Pelosi Parade An assistant to Nancy Pelosi told her she had a fantastic dream last night. There was a humongous parade in Washington celebrating Pelosi. Millions lined the parade route, cheering when Nancy went past. Bands were playing; children were throwing confetti into the air; there were balloons everywhere. It was the biggest celebration Washington had ever seen. Nancy was very impressed and said, "That's really great! By the way, how did I look in your dream? Was my hair OK?" Her friend said, "I couldn't tell, the casket was closed."
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    On June 17,2019 Dolan Dave, Eric Rasmussen, Jim Tobin and I hunted Jungo Dry Lake in Northern Nevada.I'm happy to say there were no skunks on this trip. I was fortunate enough to make a 207.8 gram. find. With that said, is anyone aware of any bigger finds made from Jungo that have not been reported? The Metbull lists the largest find as 103.6 grams in 2010 by Scott Johnson, who made the first find on this dry lake,
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    Not absolutely 100% sure but I think Terry Bone found his nugget in Nevada.
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    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
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    Hi Roger Dyer and I found a number of kilos of H and L chondrites that were classified by Cascadia . Several individuals were in excess of 400 grams from both sides of the drylake. Happy Huntin John B.
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    My oldest son and I decided to try a hydraulic pit Sunday and I finally got my GM over some detectable gold to knock the skunk off it. The son started the day using the GPX but I found my first crumb, then my second, after only about 10 minutes of detecting. That was all it took, he put the GPX away and got out his Gold Bug II lol. He turned over a boulder and found 19 of his 21 pieces under it (his gold is on the right side of the pan), I hit a patch on a bare hillside for 15 pieces then picked up the other six pieces here and there until it was time to go.
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    I went meteorite hunting a few weeks ago with Dolan Dave and a few others on some dry lakes in Northern Nevada. We all found a few meteorites. The one I am holding is 50 grams and the two others are 2 grams. It was a fun trip and not too hot.
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    Figured I'd share one of my favorite pieces with all you guys it's a fist sized chunk of flourite with huge calcite crystal growing off it about 3" , but the one thing the always amazes me about this piece is it literally has everything flourite can offer in an amazingly beautiful piece. I will get more pictures tonight with a light under it to show it off some more ;), also side note all the black specs inside of the flourite are flouresent green under short wave black light if anyone could help me figure out what it is would be appreciated đź‘Ť
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    Welcome Erik, There are too many problems with your rock likely being a meteorite; the pits, the various coloration, the weak magnetism, and the texture. I would suggest a geology club or geology department at a local college to give a hands on opinion. Get your hands on real meteorites, research, check out authentic ebay listings, and visit geology museums to get a better understanding. Keep looking down, they are out there. billpeters P.S. I have just come back from Scandinavia, Belarus, Russia, and Poland two days ago. I will be in Slovenia in October 2020. Perhaps we could meet.
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    Great finds Dan, and props to your boys for starting a fire under your butt and getting out after dark. Congrats on the Morgan dollar, that's a beauty. ht
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    Yes there is a name etched into it. Looks like Vatlis, but really hard to make out. There was a brown stripe painted down the outer center of the band. If you scrape off the paint, it is gold under it also.
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    I'll see if I can find out anything, I did a little searching for similar marks but nothing has come up yet...but the crown is going to possibly be a tough one to track down, there were many crown marks of all shapes and sizes used for a number of purposes, if from Europe it could be a city mark but I haven't found one exactly like it, from other places could be a manufacturer/company's mark, or even a artist/jeweler's mark, if that's the case unless it's a famous artist could be hard or impossible to find out who made the ring. The 14 could be 14k but there's no k with the mark so that mark that could purity or ?, it does appear to be gold because it is not tarnished but can't say what the purity is for sure, but it could be plated the edge of the ring the possible plating seems to be worn off, is that what you see in person? What I don't see which is usually there are other marks if from Europe to give a date and maker. When I enlarge your photos I see either some other etchings or scratches to the right of the markings, can you make out what that is?
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    It looks incredible all cleaned up! Congrats again Richard! Great times!
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    Nicely found! Looks like you have the corner to someone's larger mass there...
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    Great find, Richard! Beautiful stone.
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    Welcome my friend! Im looking forward to seeing some of your agates. I am a novice rock hound and I like to tumble stones. I love agates and jaspers as well as just about anything that rolls around in that tumbler for a few weeks. This is a really cool forum with lots of different personalities. There are guys here that have been posting for over a decade. Lots of guys that started recently and lots of guys just here to ask a single question about a particular rock. It is a ton of fun and you really learn a bunch from some of these cranky old blisters. Bob
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    first moved to the southern mojave in july 1974. smoke tree area California 92266, 324 square miles, only one left out there. welcome, bob
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    This truck looks too nice to be prospecting equipment? Probably going to need some Arizona pinstripes and a few dents to qualify. Other than that looks nice!
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    This is the bar at the Bali Hai restaurant in San Diego. It’s banded calcite which been cut and polished, and is nicely backlit. It’s stunning in person.
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    those who are perfect.....do nothing....John
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    We went out to one of my new favorite spots today looking for rhodonite ,and Arizona Jade and yes we found plenty, a whole mountain of rhodonite but no jade. This is a lost area of Arizona, only listed in a few prospecting books, and usually only has 1 line of details. but what you find here is Amazing. I will put a few picture on so you can get an idea of what I am saying, but what I want to know is what king of material, dirt or rock this drift mine is composed of. It is at eyeball level to a wash and if we had not been looking for more hand stacked rocks today we never would have found it. The material is very soft, you can dig it out with a twig. The drift goes back a good 50 - 60 feet, you have to crawl through it. It is layered in a grayish-white with brown layers and purple layers . Photos of the area:
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    These are very prone to damage if you are not careful.
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    Searching for information on cleaning various rock and mineral specimens. Anyone have recommendations for good reference books? Need to learn about the does & don'ts .Been signed up here for a long time as a ( lurker ), Bills name for me. Learned much from reading daily posts. TIA
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    http://www.johnbetts-fineminerals.com/jhbnyc/articles/minclean.htm It is my understanding Super Iron Out is now that safest and most universal cleaning agent - followed by Oxalic Acid - but this requires a little more effort/materials. When it comes to doing a quick test on a minerals sensitivity to acid - i suggest finding an obscure spot on a specimen and trying a small drop or dab with a Q-Tip of Vinegar or Lemon Juice. Be very careful with your calcites, fluorites, and other carbonates and evaporates. Most quartz and pegmatite minerals are ok with Super Iron Out. Finally - be aware of caliche - it will react to acids - which is good as you want to remove it - but you have to watch closely to ensure the minerals underneath can withstand. -Dave
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    Mmmm those bands
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    Really it all depends on the specimen. Most are fine with a stiff nylon brush and water. Others you’ll want a soft brush. Some are so fragile you won’t want a brush at all. Others are water soluble and you won’t want to get them wet. And some (like ulexite) are fine with cold water, but will dissolve in warm water.
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    If you know what mineral specimen you are working with you can do a quick Google search for each one and can find the answers, if you dont and do want a hard copy boon for reference this is an okay one John Sinkankas book Field Collecting for Gemstones and Minerals
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    That is a septarian nodule that has partly eroded. It’s a type of concretion. They start off as a ball of mud, and dry out, which leads to internal cavities called septs. As water brings minerals inside, (usually calcium carbonate) they form crystals (typically aragonite and/or calcite) inside. They are quite stunning when cut an polished. Also, the mud balls usually form around something, called a nucleus. Sometimes it’s just a grain of sand, and sometimes it’s an interesting fossil. They can be found all over the world.
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    Awesome! Getting closer! Love that blue on that spiderweb fractured rock.
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    Need to repolish some and burnish the rest (I think) Last four my favorites.
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    Those were my thoughts as well. Metallic ores aren’t shot full of bubbles.
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    I dought there is any economic metals in that lump. The holes and refined metalic surface of the sample lead me to believe that this is a piece of left over furnace pour, "metallic slag" for lack of a better word. I'm sure the folks in the foundaries have a word for it. It is not a mother nature made mineral or rock.
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    Looks Jaspagate, has Actinole. Also totally translucent. Thinking petrified wood, like a Mexican fire Opal. Problem is seems too tough to be Opal. Any ideas?
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    liftedanew, This is an excellent point. The specimen is comprised of the mineral quartz. The rock is called quartzite. Rocks are made up of minerals. In order to identify a rock one must identify the minerals that it is comprised of. Some rocks are made up of many minerals and some are made from just one. In this case the name of the mineral and the name of the rock are similar and that can be confusing. Many novices don't grasp this point. Rock identification and mineral identification are two different but interrelated things. I have identified the mineral that the specimen is comprised of as quartz. d_day has identified the rock as quartzite. Both are accurate. It is important to grasp the difference in what we are describing.
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    Good information Bob. I think you got me covered i'll still pay a visit to that mountain again in case i find something else there. Today i spent whole day panning searching for placer gold. To be honest its not about the money, but the experience! Got some free time and i really liked hitting the mountains. Thanks a ton and also well done, good work helping people with stuff like that
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    It is translucent because light penetrates it. That is the definition of translucent. Many silicates are translucent and this is obviously a silicate. Yes, moonstones are one of many minerals that can be translucent. But not all moonstones are translucent and not all translucent minerals are moonstones. Moonstones are a group of feldspars that show a play of light at certain angles. They have a completely different crystal habit from your specimen and your specimen will not show a play of light. By sugary I mean the crystal texture of the mineral. Jasper, agate and opal have crystals so tiny you need high power magnification to see. Your specimen has clearly defined crystals visible to the naked eye. It is granular. This means it was formed under some pressure and is crystalline quartz. Cryptocrystalline minerals like agate, jasper and opal were formed near the surface at zero pressure. They are not granular like a salt block or sugar cube. They are glassy and without cleavage or visible crystals. Get yourself a copy of the Audubon Field Guide to Rocks and Minerals and learn about the silicate minerals and how crystal habit, fracture and cleavage play together. Internalize the fact that the larger the crystals the more pressure the mineral formed under (and the inverse as well). Get some specimens of common opal, agate and jasper and quartz and hit them together and break them up with a hammer. Once you familiarize yourself with the physical characteristics of these chemically related materials identification will be a lot easier.
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    That is quartz. Agate, jasper and opal are cryptocrystalline and have poor to no cleavage. You can plainly see the crystals structure of your specimen as well as the strong cleavage between those crystals. It is macrocrystalline. Look at how it breaks and how the fractures follow cleavage lines. Now hit it with a hammer and break off a piece. You will see the surface follows little crystals like a salt block or sugar cube. Jaspers, agates and opals are glassy and follow stress lines through a mass with no cleavage and leave smooth conchoidal fractures. If it is sugary it is quartz. If it is translucent and flinty it is agate. If it is opaque and flinty it is jasper. If it is glassy and has long conchoidal fractures it is opal. Opal and obsidian are distinctly different from jaspers and agates by virtue of the way they form and their "toughness" and are more like glass than a stone. They are all silicon dioxide but have subtly different physical characteristics. The crystal habit, hardness and appearance will become more familiar to you as you learn to identify the silicates.
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    It looks like regular sugar quartz to me as well. I am not sure how copper makes anything glow. There is no copper in your specimen for sure. Moonstone "glows" at 180 degree planes because of light refractions between layers of mineral. This is obviously not a layered mineral but a granular one. That easily differentiates it from topaz as well. Any chance of a photo of the specimen without the creative lighting? Outside in sunlight works best for mineral ID.
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    Hey Nick! So this is how it is in the southwestern United States. I hope you can take some of it and apply to your situation... Unless you have a few hundred tons of material and can produce more then it is not worth anything. Even if it is very rich it is worthless unless you have a steady stream of it. Metals are valuable but hunks of ore are not worth very much. The only market for ore is a metals smelter or reducer. That is the only way to turn rocks like that into money. Miners must be able to produce hundreds of tons of material to feed a smelter. Even then a smelter will not develop a process to treat your ore unless you can guarantee big volumes for a period of time. THEN they will make an offer for your ore per ton, delivered. So one hunk of ore is worth nothing unless it is an interesting specimen or contains some rare collectable mineral. Free milling gold ore might be an exception in some cases but in general ore is worthless without a huge supply. The stone definitely represents a learning process. They all do. So therein lies the "value". Rocks are the origin of all sciences and knowledge. As individuals we learn about the physical world one stone at a time. A spectrometer is a useful tool. But a fire assay and or an ICP scan for a specific suite of elements is generally the first step in evaluating an ore. If you can find a few specimens you can crush, split and ship a small sample to a lab. Save the best looking piece as a specimen and use the supporting data as evidence of what it contains. You should be able to get a 28 element suite done for under $50 plus the cost of shipping to a lab. It won't make the stone more valuable but it would be a fine learning experience.
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    1 looks like bladed barite. 2 looks like some variety of quartz (maybe chalcedony) 3 looks like garnet in quartz 4 might be labradorite as suggested, but I think the piece looks more like fluorite. Can’t really tell from just a picture. 5 looks like some sort of concretion.
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    The last one was found in Pinal County, AZ. Looks like a snake to me eating something. The rest are from a friend whose Dad was a geologist. Have never tried to have them identified, as he used to go around the world.
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    Picture 1 could be calcite blades, a good way to test would be to take a couple drops of vinegar and see if it bubbles (wont damage the piece any)
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    First off let me just say welcome to the forums! Those are some amazing pieces you have there. While it is very difficult to tell what things are just off pictures (without specific gravity, steak test, etc), but just off looks alone I would guess that in picture 2 it is druzy quartz (on both sides). Honestly couldn't tell you on pictures 1-3-5, but picture 4 tho, if it reflects light and has different colors on the surface (blue, green, purple, yellow) the it could very well be labadorite (I have a recent post of an example of a low quality blue one you could check out and use as reference). I'm sure the other guys on here tho will be able to help you out a bit more.
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    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
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    Took a while for me to find this picture. My wife took it with a film camera the day I found it in 2002 and apparently she did not get the focus right. Anyhoo, the nugget is 26 grams of Mojave desert tertiary river gold. The old timers dug a vertical shaft down to bedrock and this one got missed when they processed their material. A modern dry washer came along and let it roll off his grizzly and then he failed to detect his tailings before leaving. It was only a couple inches deep and believe it or not I found it with a $99 Radio Shack detector.
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    I have been in the old tunnels honeycombing downtown. My stepfather remodeled the Palace, Brownlow's Department Store, AZ General Supply, and several other buildings within a couple blocks of the courthouse when I was a kid, and I explored. From the basements, it was possible to travel for many blocks without surfacing, including under the courthouse (I'm certain someone has gated the tunnels for security reasons by now). There were rooms under both the plaza and Whiskey Row filled with narrow bunks, old opium dens and lodging for both Chinese workers and hookers. The first time I started wandering around down there, my younger brother and I eventually emerged from a storm sewer at the old high school (now a middle school, I think). And yes, the whole complex was filled with artifacts.
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    When I was a youngster and fresh back to the States after living outside the country since infancy, I discovered a coal and diamond deposit next to and under an old school building in Arizona. The deposit consisted of dime-sized chunks of coal, which I correctly identified, and many small diamonds, some with perfect clarity, and others with either green or blue impurities. The incorrectly identified "diamonds" even scratched glass, which I proved on the windows of my mother's home (undiscovered until later). I let my best friend in on the secret, drew up a 60-40 contract in my favor (he would recieve 40 Red Ryder wagonloads of diamonds for each 60 wagons of loot I took home), and we began excavating, straight down five or six feet, and then under the school's footings. School was out for the summer, so it took a while before we were caught and accused of attempted sapping of one of Prescott's historic buildings. By that time, the hole was large enough for two kids to work side by side, and we were long past the old stem wall and well on our way to tunneling entirely under and beyond a rear corner of the building. It turned out I'd located the school's old ash dump, which contained a considerable amount of unburned coal and a lot of crushed bottle glass. The police officer (who was already familiar with me, and would become more familiar in coming years) tasked with investigating explained to me that an addition to the school had buried the old dump. Back when he attended that school, before the addition was built, kids would line bottles up on the ash dump and practice rock throwing, which was sanctioned by teachers as long as the glass was broken into small enough pieces to not be too hazardous to bare feet. Point being, I learned early that not everything that's hard, clear and sparkly is a diamond. Also, that it's important to understand history (human, geological, and sometimes both) to understand what you've found today. In your case, the Netherlands have a well-documented history of glassmaking, and parts of your country must almost be paved with the offal of that craft, so if you find a hard, clear, sparkly near-surface specimen there, think glass, not diamond, especially if the specimen far outweighs the largest unflawed diamond ever found anywhere on the planet. Reality can be a bugger, especially if it clashes with hopeful but erroneous presumptions, but experiencing dashed hopes can be an important part of learning. Or not. That really is a pretty hunk of glass.
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