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  1. Hey everyone... Now weather is getting much better, I got a chance to visit a place I havent been to in a while. Franconia, AZ meteorite strewn field. I met up Saturday morning with a buddy Greg. Greg ended up getting the large complete crusted Chondrite and large iron meteorite on the right, I found the smaller 3 chondrites and irons on the left.... Franconia's always a fun place to visit. A lot of large basalt (hot rocks), .50 cal bullets, .30 cal bullets, wire, ect out there, but after an hour or 2 of adjusting my hearing to the tones, you start to hear the differences between trash
    11 points
  2. Russia to open WORLD’S LARGEST gold mine in Siberia estimated reserves of 540 million tons of ore, containing 40 million troy ounces of gold. 2.3 grams per ton https://www.rt.com/business/504239-russia-worlds-largest-gold-mine/
    3 points
  3. It has to do with the 1872 mining laws. Since Grant was president, supposedly the laws really haven't changed. The article i read did say that the gold,silver and copper mines have only produced a little over $300 billion dollars since then. Dont know how true that is, but that last post i posted said $82 billion for 2019 for ALL mineral mining. So maybe?
    3 points
  4. Since the Gov. here owns all the minerals in the ground, that includes gold, if I'm breaking the law when I dig a nugget. Most people here say yes. It's also against the law to sell gold nuggets, especially out of the country. If I ever find another nugget and the Feds tag me I hope I can convince them it's a meteorite!
    3 points
  5. I'm hiding this post and Bob's reply/question because it's off topic, has nothing to do with mining royalties!
    3 points
  6. Here is a little experiment with resin. I'm trying to simulate a bug in amber. The color came out darker on the deeper pour but I like these little cabochons. I think I will use a few more drops of dye and pour a couple more a little darker. The black light still works great on them even after they are dried and cast in resin. The rascals light right up!
    3 points
  7. do you all know what dust devils are ? there heards of nugglets on the move i thought some of the newbes may want to know this valuable info
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  8. I herd someone has been out in the hot sun to long
    3 points
  9. Please post where you're located in the world. Just an FYI, the OP is not located within the USA, I'll leave it up to him to post where he is located.
    2 points
  10. You probably don’t think of North Carolina as a hotbed of gold mining, despite the mascot of the University of North Carolina being a gold prospector. In fact, those unfamiliar with the history of the region might be confused as to why UNC chose this, of all things, as their mascot. However, once upon a time, it was the second biggest industry in the Tarheel State after agriculture which led to what is known as The Carolina Gold Rush. And it all began with a 12-year-old boy happening upon a gold nugget in gold nuggetsCabarrus County, 50 years before anyone dreamed of finding any gold in the “
    2 points
  11. Bob, I'm not sure what point he was trying to make, all I know is nothing at the posted link had anything to do with mining nor royalties and as such it has been removed so the topic doesn't drift off topic as they always seem to do.
    2 points
  12. Hey Jimale. I apologize. I wasn't trying to insult you. Where I am from we speak Spanish and English. That suffix is a term of endearment. It is used when you are familiar with someone. Like Miguelito says, it means "little one". I could be "Betito". Or "Wodito" if you prefer. It is just how you greet someone you know and maybe haven't spoken to in a while... "Orale Chavalito! How they hangin' bro?" I won't call you Jimalito any more now that I know it is disrespectful in your culture. I didn't mean to do that and I apologize Jimale. That does not mean im not going to rake you o
    2 points
  13. Just remember Bob, voting for the wrong people to "protect it" as you say, could have outrageous consequences for folks like you and i and others on this site who spend their entire lives in the outdoors. Hidden agendas play a big role in things like this. Thats what i mean when i say "they can take it". Plus, the mining industry doesn't even come close to what the oil companies make, period! Just a drop in the bucket.
    2 points
  14. Expedition #10 Scouting old road SE of Queen Valley, AZ 90F Hello friends! I hope everyone is doing well 🙂 Went scouting on October 10th to see if this old road can handle the Buggy. I'm guessing it can't. Let me know what you guys think. I apologize for the crappy video(s) I'm pretty much a one man show, the girlfriend is incompatible with the hills
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  15. Welcome. It's absolutely not a meteorite. It is slag. Slag is not steel, but leftover remelted refuse. It is quite common and dumped everywhere. billpeters
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  16. Thanks Clay. I'm glad that someone stepped in to set this straight. If no one says anything about this obvious pro-Russian propaganda people actually believe it. They don't know any better so they just assume it's true. The Russian trolls are everywhere these days.
    1 point
  17. The Pebble mine deposit is a lot bigger than the Russian deposit. 57 billion lb copper, 70 million oz gold, 3.4 billion lb molybdenum and 344 million oz silver. Only Indonesia's Grasberg mine deposit is bigger than Pebble.
    1 point
  18. nicootje, different locations favor different host rock and starting out everything can look the same, focus on known placer gold locations is a good way to begin. Download/buy placer deposits of...(location you want to hunt). This will outline the history of the deposit, give you information on the type of deposit and production and tell you something about your questions on host rock. Joining a prospecting club will put you on ground that while heavily hunted with persistence still produce and hunting an identified gold placer you can begin to get a feel for likely indicators, one of the eas
    1 point
  19. Fun stuff, Dave! Always a good time at Franconia.
    1 point
  20. The black flaky minerals are biotite, the gray, "glassy" mineral is quartz, the yellow/brassy colored minerals that pepper the sample is pyrite and the flat yellow minerals are either muscovite or phlogopite. You are the proud owner of a schist (metamorphic rock).
    1 point
  21. After the 1970s, central banks bought into the idea that the U.S. dollar was the savior of the global financial system. When the 2008 financial crisis hit it became clearer that the dollar isn't as secure as was led. With huge debt, and trillions more printed every year, more nations are stocking up their gold reserves because of probable higher future prices in gold. More nations are going away with the Petro-Dollar and using their own currency in exchange for resources like oil and natural gas. Heck India has even been buying Iranian oil with gold and rupees, Russia-China using national cur
    1 point
  22. Weren't gas taxes supposed to be used to maintain and improve roads? I think the people from Alaska get a royalty check from oil produced in that state.
    1 point
  23. I know right!! Maybe i will too! Then i wont have to work because of the royalties, and i will be getting everything my rich neighbors have because of the socialism and a free phone has to be in the mix somewhere in there right?? Haha Democratic Party here i come!!! Haha jeez Bob you kill me.
    1 point
  24. Lots of gold mines! Man that is a nice royalty check for me if I vote Democrat.
    1 point
  25. Here where i live we have several gold mines. In the county alone we have i believe 13. The whole state has 31 or so. Im not 100% sure, but the last numbers i heard on the royalties was 5 to 8 percent on the gross wasn't it?
    1 point
  26. I bet you are right. It probably made sense back in 1872 when metals mines were small or individual operations and they wanted to incentivize discovery. Now that the industry has changed so much it seems to make a lot less sense. At least in my way of thinking. Coal mining is huge. So is aggregates. There are thousands employed here by the various cement and aggregate companies. I would bet that sand, gravel and stone to support the heavy construction sector is much bigger than metals mining. Unless you work at the copper pit in Silver City there are no other mining jobs around
    1 point
  27. It is a very small deposit and has been robbed several times but I still have substantial amount of material. There are several layers in the deposit that have produced some extraordinary color and the worm tubes vary in size but mostly formed in a variation of brown however we have some with a bit of pink and there are layers without holes with yellow violet pink brown and red formations. Just extraordinarily beautiful. I will post pics tomorrow when the sun is out.
    1 point
  28. I know Bob, i usually dont debate much but as i get older i find myself doing it more and more. I usually just like kicking back and watching the firework show lol. Maybe if i haven't been in the industry for so long and seen what the benefits are in the state and surrounding communities, i would have a different perspective?? Heck i dont know. I will tell ya, the best deer and elk hunting i have done are on and around the big mines. Most of the mines here are 90% public land. There are little sections of patented or private ground that are usually owned by the mine fully. Thats usually where
    1 point
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  30. Is the mine you work at situated on public land? Or is the mine on a mix of property? No doubt mining creates a lot of revenue. There is no argument there. Good paying jobs too. I'm not trying to change anyones minds here. I'm just shaking the beehive a little before the election. Workin' Slim up into a lather electonically with my thumb on my phone.
    1 point
  31. Iska warran or mambo, Jamale! I have been running an interpretation business www.400languages.com for 28 years now where I use Somali and Swahili interpreters nearly every day. I use other Bantu languages like; Maay maay, Rundi and neighboring country languages like; Juba-Arabic, Dinka, Maadi, Amharic, Tigrinyan, Afar and about 75 other African languages. We interpret onsite for local African background people in the Phoenix, Arizona area for medical clinics and the courts. We also interpret over the phone and by video conference. "Jamalito" is a positive nickname to me here, but cul
    1 point
  32. The highest i could find for 2019 net income for the mining industry was $82 billion dollars for ALL mineable minerals in the US. 2019 net for the oil industry was $330 billion dollars. So out of that $82 billion dollars, add a royalty of whatever percentage you think is fair for a "LAND OWNER".
    1 point
  33. The "-ito" that he added to your name in Spanish means "little one", it's a term of endearment, but interesting to know that it has negative connotation in your language. For example, my name in spanish is Miguel, but my friends might call me Miguelito.
    1 point
  34. Ok Bob, im asking these as serious questions because i cant take it anymore. #1- How many mines are there in the US? Dont say you dont know because i know a few of you love Google, so im sure you can find out. #2- How many people are in the United States? Once again, Google. And #3- After you figure out the first 2 questions, you tell me how much money each citizen of the US is going to get a year off these "SO CALLED SMALL ROYALTIES" You wouldn't even notice it. The taxes you would pay on it would probably take away everything owed to you. And knowing the Democratic agenda, you would probably
    1 point
  35. This post should be in the mineral forum, 100% not a meteorite.
    1 point
  36. Woo, lets stop right here with the Tektite idea. Tektites are glass formed by the melting of terrestrial rock during the initial stages of an impact crater formation. They are black and glassy because they are glass, similar to obsidian. None, to very minor amounts of iron are in Tektites. I'm no expert on impact craters but your "Tektite" pictures look nothing like the samples I have seen in privet and academic collections. Terrestrial astro blems, as impact sites are know, are so rare that to find anything created by such an event is highly improbable. That is unless your on the m
    1 point
  37. What if they scoop up meteorites that have bombarded the surface of Bennu for eons?
    1 point
  38. If those samples return to earth in the belly of Buck Rodger's spaceship would they be "meteoric"? How about if Buck Rodger's spaceship lost power, slipped from orbit and crashed on landing?
    1 point
  39. If you know someone that has a rock saw and polishing equipment you might want to have it slabbed and polished. They can turn out great and be worth something or it could be a dud...
    1 point
  40. This Saturday I was out in ridgecrest with friends they were under a easy up roto tilling and Jack hammering for dry wash material. I was going up a close by hill beeping with my GM 1000 .8:30 am I had a lite cotton dark blue long sleeve shirt wearing Brute deodorant with no headphones on and the detector was screaming at full volume. I was about 250 feet from my Ford pickup when the attack started. With one bee on the back of each ear one on the back of my neck one on my shoulder and 2 circling the front of my face I pulled off my hat and started swatting these killers . To no avail they
    1 point
  41. Hello all thank you for allowing me to join your group! In the Prescott area.
    1 point
  42. Lucky you. I came within 20 feet of a swarm once and slowly backed off without any issue but things would have been different if I hadn't seen them. They were in a collapsed wooden shed near Rich Hill and I was a long way from my Samurai.
    1 point
  43. I found this 57 gram nugget with a Gold Bug 2.
    1 point
  44. They don't clean up their toxic mess when it leaches onto private property either. We have a big lawsuit here where they have ruined dozens of private wells and devalued property. Much of it owned by their employees. They spent more on legal fees to keep from having to pay for the wells and property than it would have cost to make it right. I used to work for that outfit. It is a shitshow. They are all about telling you how to vote and how to live. If you don't conform they will push you out. They are often the only decent paying job in Grant County so their employees put up with whateve
    1 point
  45. Here is one of the scorpions completed.
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