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  1. 8 points
    This is an old story going back to 2016 when the news hit local and international media outlets about a 18 ozt nugget found at Woods Creek in Tuolumne County, California. I tracked the nugget and finally found out that its on display at the Ironstone Winery in Murphys California. I took a trip up ole Hwy 49 and visited this winery and discovered that they have one hell of a museum with a great collection of local gold form the surrounding areas along with relics from the gold rush era. They also have many gold specimens and native gold jewelry for sale, I also noticed some 16 to 1 quartz gold specimen available. If you find yourself in the region, stop by and visit they also have a great lineup of country music bands and artist throughout the Summer . The outdoor gardens and premises are filled with old gold rush era mining equipment including stamp mills. Below is the picture of Woodies Wonder which is held in the main vault with the more famous 40 pound Crown Jewel of Ironstone gold leaf specimen found in Jamestown..largest piece that came out of the lucky strike on Christmas day. Woodies Wonder contains 11.2 ozt of gold...
  2. 4 points
    I defer to your wife of course. She undoubtedly knows best. These are the most recent flakes found with a GPZ. My wife said I could tell you if you don't spread it around.
  3. 2 points
    Wow thats amazing that you guys can find them that small I hope to one day be able to have the same skill as you all Mike-just trying to stay cool- C...
  4. 2 points
    Real saffordite show pitting and dimpling like this. The first two photos at the top are not Saffordite.
  5. 1 point
    Surely, I have been bamboozled! These are not Saffordite. But, they are something nice. I like them, but what are they?
  6. 1 point
    I kid you not! These two pieces don’t even tip the scale. I mean both together are exactly 0.00 grams! Found on bedrock in a small crack with the Minelab Gold Monster 1000. Hey Bill, I remember watching a video of yours where you said you found the smallest piece you ever seen with a detector. I think I got you beat with these!
  7. 1 point
    After a lot lot lot of sanding...paint is on the new dash pod. Total weight of dash pod and windshield is ~5 1/2 lbs with hardware included. It's not as light as I hoped... but not too bad for a first attempt. I think I'll run with it.
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    My wife said I'm not supposed to talk about my equipment..
  10. 1 point
    Maybe the two pieces at the top were tumbled, eliminating the pits?
  11. 1 point
    We have them exactly like that in New Mexico. But they are slightly green when backlit. Many are the "dog bone" shape of a tektite. Black and velvety and often with folds, wrinkles and creases. They are distinctly different shapes and texture than a "maerkanite" obsidian nodule found in volcanic ash but they are considered obsidian. Many have "sheen" and banding. Some are almost perfectly clear when tumbled...only slightly smoky. You would think they were slightly tinted glass. For many years I have thought these little glass blobs could possibly be meteoritic and not volcanic because of their shape and folding. I have seen "Saffordite" specimens and I always thought that it was all the same stuff. I guess Saffordite does not have a tint when backlit and appears white. These little glass shapes are not white but decidedly green or grey. Other than that they are identical and these are considered "obsidian". Both (to me) appear to be slightly different than the average obsidian nodule.
  12. 1 point
    I wonder if the black coating could be manganese which is typical in some areas. May I ask where you found it?
  13. 1 point
    Yep, they will definitely start getting smarter now. Im sure he will stick one. He passed up a pretty nice 3 point Monday morning that was just perfect. The wind and the stalk couldn't have been better. BUT hes holding out for this weekend because we are headed back up to where we were last week. I told him archery isnt like anything else, you take what you can get most of the time. Now that he had to draw a big boy tag, he cant just go from archery to muzzleloader to rifle anymore. He didn't think of that haha.
  14. 1 point
    Personally, I have only carried the small one for a days outing. Never went dead on me. I kept the larger one in reserve. In the olden days, I carried the larger battery which lasted all day as well. But I usually turned the detector off if I was digging for awhile, so I don't know how that would affect how long it lasts. You might try turning your detector on, then came back in 3 hrs to see for yourself.
  15. 1 point
    So i guess im coming into this a little late. Little back ground on myself i went to college for geology and i am in the process of obtaining my professional geologist license. A few things that have stood out to me in Odin's description of the sample: You say the rock is sandstone and has small olivine crystals in it, and that the size of the olivine indicates a possible martian origin. If it is sandstone then the olivine crystals got there through erosion from a source and hence the size of them would mean nothing since they have been eroded. Olivine on earth can come in just about any size from microscopic to large crystals. (FYI Peridot is just a gem quality crystal of olivine) From this i would have to say that the olivine in the sample is not evidence of being from mars. However from what ive seen of the pieces that Odin has broken off from the sample, i dont believe that its sandstone. It looks like metasandstone, meaning that it is sandstone that has been partially metamorphosed, to the point where it has both characteristics of a sandstone and schist or gneiss. The clay minerals in it have been altered into mica and there is some banding. This type of metasandstone is all over the place in the area i live and can form some interesting weathering patterns and have some interesting mineral assemblages. While Mars has sedimentary rocks, almost all are near the surface and only a few meters thick, this means that mars could not have produced a metasandstone, since that would require greater burial depth to cause enough heat and pressure to change sandstone to metasandstone. No the layering could not formed from the heat of re-entry in the atmosphere. It also potentially resembles a decomposing granite that has undergone some metamorphism. While granite type rocks have been observed on mars they are exceedingly rare there. SO the likely hood of granite type meteorite from Mars is probably next to impossible. As for the outer shape of the sample, i dont see that it indicates any type of entry into earths atmosphere. Rocks form all sorts of wierd shapes that look like various things, and based off of everything else ive pointed out i dont see this being from Mars. I could be wrong, if you really want to find out go here https://geolabs.com/pages/meteorite-identification and send them a sample and they will tell you. Cost is $100 and then you will know one way or the other. Best of luck.
  16. 1 point
    Thanks D and Fuss. There are a few other small spots of blue around the rock as well. The one in light is reverse side. Correct, only visible at certain angles. You guys rock🤟🏼. Pun intended?
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    It is obviously a dark colored silicate. And it looks as if it is probably translucent. So it is most likely agate. If you say it has an "opal like shine" I am assuming you mean there is a play of light at a certain angle. Like moonstone or sheen obsidian. Not flashes of bright color like an opal but a glow as you roll the stone in relation to a light source. Like a moonstone or aventurine quartz. Going on those assumptions I would say it is a fossil of some sort. I would imagine the play of light you are seeing is caused by inclusions in the agate. Those inclusions were likely the result of plant or animal life causing an oriented pattern in the stone. Minerals also orient themselves in layers that reflect light without the help of living organisms. That could be the case as well. So that is why translucent rocks sometimes have a play of light. There are tiny reflective mineral flakes all oriented in the stone. Like a bunch of microscopic solar panels all facing the same direction. When light hits them at a certain angle they glow with an eerie sheen. Adventurine quartz, moonstone, sheen obsidian, labradorite, and several other stones can really light up. Agate is not one that generally has a play of light. But in certain cases it can. That is my best guess as to what you are seeing in the stone.
  18. 1 point
    To All It had been a long time that Jim and I talked by email but here today he’s wanting to know how I’m doing. I should have been the one checking on him being he’s got about eleven years on me. I guess the odd thing is if one would want to say is Jim and I have never meet. Jim is got to be the greatest guy that I have ever known but like said never meet. I think it all started when I sent Jim something that I can’t remember anymore. I wasn’t wanting anything in return but here came a flood of material for me to read. I just know if we had more in this world like Jim Straight it would be a better place to live. Jim I Thank You for you just being you! Chuck Anders
  19. -1 points
    was reading about the Siberian Taiga anastasians. they face the hostility of the Russian Orthodox Church. much like the amish do here from the Christians. both are simply natives like me, do no harm.
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