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    A good friend, and one of the best treasure hunting partners I've ever had, Andrew, recently took up yet another hobby creating Silver Coin Rings. I sent him a 1921 Morgan Silver Dollar, and here is the beautiful ring he created for me - Wow! Thank you Andrew!!!
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    You have absolutely no idea what a shatter cone is. Or a meteorite for that matter.
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    I can see the space peanut in the bottom right hand corner.
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    As far as a strewn field is concerned, when slag is discarded or used on railways tracks, icy roadways, etc., it's usually "strewn" about to either spread it out or to get rids of it or out of the way, so I'm sure Will did indeed find a "strewn field" but a slag strewn field and not a meteorite strewn field.
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    So what about a recovery scoop and a pocket gold pan in one? I promised you that I would be giving you another surprise this week. I have always loved using a recovery scoop, but it sort of aggravated me that little pieces of gold would sometimes sneak out of the scoop when I was trying to sift dirt into my hand. This aggravation has been even more exacerbated by the introduction of machines like the Gold Monster that find such dinky pieces of gold that they can surf right on top of the dirt and be easily lost. I have always advocated that when you get the target into your scoop try to agitate the dirt so the heavy gold sinks to the bottom. Well what if there was a scoop made where the bottom of the scoop was recessed a little to make it a SPOT to catch the GOLD. A Gold SPOT, Or a "G" Spot? Then what if the scoop was designed with an incline that led to three riffles of three different heights? This way when you sift the dirt out into your hand, the riffles stop the heavy gold and hold it making it easier to recover? I designed the "G" Spot so the scoop is smooth on the bottom so you can shove it in your pocket and take it out with ease. I looked at gold pans and they always form the riffles by molding them into the pan by raising the riffles on the inside of the pan by indenting the molded material on the bottom of the pan. This just causes a weak spot, and leaves crevices for dirt to collect in. Like to crevice? Add a little water to the "G" Spot and you have a recovery treasure scoop and pocket gold pan all in one neat little package. I think the "G" Spot with these unique features will speed up target recovery and it's just fun to use.. I guess this is actually sort of a tease because I only have these 5 scoops. They are just the pre-production proto-types sent to me for approval. So what do you all think should I approve these to go into production? I vote yes! What do you think? Doc
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    That's very well done, I like it!!
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    The most valuable gold claim is the one a big corporation thinks they have but is in dispute. It does not have to have any gold at all. If you can find a tiny sliver of land you can make a good argument about it is worth as much as a rich placer. Lots of guys make their living getting in the way of a big project. It is easier and much more profitable than mining. There are hundreds of claims filed in areas where large mining interests are proposing a mine. Most of them must be dealt with in some way before plans move forward. A guy is much more likely to sell a claim to a big company to give them a sweep of mineral rights in an area than sell a claim to an individual prospector. Rare earth deposits have been of interest for years. Big corporations know these are the minerals of the future and are busy securing the richest areas. A guy that can get mineral rights in one of these areas and can wait a decade or two could really have a valuable claim if it is in the right area. I know of two spots where individual prospectors have done well identifying strips of open ground that were "in the way" of corporate plans. And a couple more that just happened to have "recreational placer claims" in areas around where large mines have been proposed. None of this ground was worth much in mineral value but the location was important for corporate strategy. So they were worth a pile of money after it was all said and done.
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    Perhaps if you contact "Coast to Coast," they may be interested in your finds: https://www.coasttocoastam.com/pages/contact Not so much in recent shows, but they have aired alternate science before.
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    And one more just for fun. It has to be my all time favorite!
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    Welcome to the forum. Pull up a chair and enjoy all of the reading material....
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    Hi, New to the forum. Looking forward to reading gold comments and stories.
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    We did it with an old truck axle and a piece of drill pipe. It made a sweet crushed that was cheap and could run material faster than either of the motorized crushers we had available. They always seemed to break down after a few buckets and we spent more time fiddling with the equipment than we did crushing rock. I made a small pulverizer out of an old hydraulic jack and a big valve spring. You could smack it with a 3 lb sledge and the rod would pop back up. That made fine crushing faster after the rock was broken down to pea size and smaller. We just hit the various sorted piles around the collars of the old shafts and learned right away what to look for. Then we prowled the hills for stuff that looked like it. We found many little veins that produced good gold. The old timers knew they would just pinch out quickly and didn't fool with them much. They looked for the wider veins that would sustain an operation for a few months. Most of the shafts went down a few feet along a vein. If the values were consistent then a drift was driven at the foot of the hill to get under the formation so the ore could be stoped out from below. Every one of the veins where a drift was driven below a series of shallow holes yielded good gold. It became pretty easy to locate the vein along the surface once we realized their methods. We just went up the hill between and in the test holes above the drift and worked float and pieces of vein we could find at the surface. You would be amazed at how much gold you can find this way. It is just like hunting Easter eggs. All I took was a bucket to carry the float back to the truck. We never ran out of ore in piles and laying on the surface. At one point we found a rich pocket that yielded several ounces and decided to try digging down. We got excellent gold for a few feet but spent a lot of time and effort. After a few days we decided it was best to just move around rather than try to get down deeper. Over the years the hole we started on that pocket grew to a 15 foot shaft. You can still pan good gold from the ore but you can do just as well or better picking up float from the hillside with no digging at all. One particular mine was a deep shaft that has drifts along a vein stoped out nearly to the surface. There was literally tons of hematite gossan float on the hill below it. We worked the vein along the surface for weeks thinking it would be richest. One day we started crushing the hillside float and realized there was crazy gold in it. We spent a year just crushing every piece of hematite we saw with great results. We got bored with it and decided to go detecting for placer as a change. We never went back. The whole hillside is deep with ore and there is still many ounces just laying there. The mineral rights have been gobbled up by a big company and a guy would need to get permission to work there now, but it would be possible to make a meager living there for a guy with strong arms and tough palms. We tried the dry washer on the crushed ore. It did not work well. The red hematite dust really interfered. The best way we found was to get the crushed ore wet and rinse the red enchilada sauce off the quartz and black sands. Then just pan it out. The process does not produce a whole lot of concentrates and what we had left over after removing the gold had about 30 opt in silver. So we wound up selling the concentrates to a guy with an electrolytic process after we were done. If I had to do it again I think I would do it the same way. On a shoestring with muscle and hand tools. If you rented a crushers the overhead would eat you up and you could never gather enough ore by hand to feed it. If you made or bought a little one it would break in a week and you would go from being a miner to being a mechanic. It seems that the best strategy is to keep it simple and be happy with a modest reward for hard work. The instant you try and make a gold mine out of it the profits disappear and it is no fun anymore.
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    All done. As all of you reported it was a piece of cake. There was no pain and the procedure was quick. Got there at 9 pm, walked out at 11:15 and went right to lunch. The laser portion took only like a minute to do the scan of the eye, then it reshapes the eye, makes incisions where the doctor is going to insert the vacuum, and then slices and dices the actual lens into little squares that are then easily vacuumed out and the new lens is inserted and oriented to the proper alignment. After the laser portion, you are then taken to the operating room where they finish the procedure. They gave me a shot of Versed which helps relax you but I also think it distorts time because I felt like it only took like 5 minutes. But Versed wears off quickly. Once they wheeled me back to recovery I was out of there in like 10 minutes. Once again thank you to everyone who told me about their experiences, because it really helped with my level of apprehension. Doc
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    It's a heck of a coincidence that you post your link here today then this shows up. https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/12/03/largest-gold-nugget-britain-worth-80000-found-scottish-river/
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    Certainly looks like fossils. I’d say either coral or crinoid pieces. I’m no fossil expert though, so I could be wrong.
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    I found this on a hike in far West Colorado around 8,000 ft elevation. I've hiked these mountains for years and never found a rock like this. Just wondering if anyone might know what it is. It's slightly bigger then a baseball and really heavy. Should I posish it? Thank you!!
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    That is chalcedony.
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