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  1. 2 points
    WHEW! the crystals I found while just walkng along beeping. Hope they stay posted.
  2. 2 points
    Managed to get down into the lower desert today after a lengthy period of painting my house and doing other catch-up projects. Ran across this fist'y dude crossing the dirt road ahead of me. By the time I fumbled around and found my camera it was up starting into the brush and dry grass. Once it caught site of me it coiled up and was ready for some serious business. Attitude-wise, it wasn't taking any S@#?!! from anyone, nor anything. It's a little hard to see in the photo's, as it is blending into the background very well. I let it be it's cantankerous-self and drove on over to a new( to me anyway) wash where I did manage to find this 1.02 Gram flat-pancake-shaped nugget. I was using my 14" Evo coil, which I haven't been using much of. Also managed to pull out about 15 chunks of old lead bullets;...a good sign that no one has been detecting up this particular wash.
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    Well, it has been awhile, but the date for slicing at Rutgers University's meteorite department machine lab is set for June 3. Upon initial observation, the PHD immediately and definitely identified the rock as a meteorite. It was explained to me that a small section, about the size of a thumb would be sliced for analysis. A second large piece would also be sliced and then half into 2 pieces and forwarded to the Meteorological Society for their review, hopeful naming/numbering and archiving, the second piece of which would be made available for second party research. Actual analysis will be an additional couple of months from now. This is all mind-blowing to me! I know nothing of meteorites and to think something that weighs 70+ pounds could fall out of space and landed on our planet-------insane!! And to be 400 million years old!
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    I think you have a volcanic rock, they tend to fool a lot of people. The surface and shape are not common in meteorites, with holes and sharpe edges are things you don't usually find, and your average met. will strongly attract a magnet. Try looking online at the millions of meteorite pictures and you will notice they generally have a smooth surface due to abalation on entering the atomosphere. Keep looking , they are out there. ht
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    Funny that you should mention that, as that is exactly what I did today. I worked my way up a small wash where that rattler had slithered out of, and then had crossed the road where I got the photos of it. I got about 4 to 5 chunks of lead targets first out of this hammered wash, and then got this nice signal up on the side bank about 18" above the actual low point of the wash. The nugget ( just .03 shy of 1-gram) was down about 5" and covered up with rocks that had been slammed up against the bank from a time when the wash had been really running and moving a lot of overburden ( I call it a "push",..or rock-pile-up). Also got a couple of photo's of a very sleepy Horned lizard,.that did not want to move, and completely ignored me as I detected over it's body;...check out it's coloration (camo). Gary
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    Adam: I think I can help. Before you go out, wrap duct tape around your leg. From your boot to your knee. I think that will keep the foxtails out. Let me know how it goes. Tom H.
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    osha approved stick!!! Someone has been watching I brake for bedrock videos.
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    My face is turning red. Thank you for the praise. It's easy to teach what you love.
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    VERY FUNNY!!! not yet, I am waiting for a warm and sunny day to massage my coil cover... fred
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    I felt like I was being watched, now you know what wash I dropped into. lol!
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    The most dangerous thing in those photo`s is the foxtail grasses. Those darn things get in my boots, then into my socks, poke my feet etc. They can ruin a whole day of detecting! Nice nugget though !
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    Garik, Not wanting to bust your bubble...but just keep in mind that there are some people who it took years to find their first nugget, others not so long but still metal detecting for gold is said to be one of the hardest ways to find gold, and then there are people who have been doing this for a very long time and because they know how to do the proper research for new areas and know what to look for out in the field to hunt for gold and those guys are usually the ones who can possibly pay off their detectors, most never do. One of the best ways to find gold in the desert is to do your research find some small and fine gold in the dirt by testing and then bust your ass running all the material down to bedrock through a dry washer, you will still want a metal detector to help out doing this but start slow and get a good detector that will hit on small gold, the Gold Monster, GoldBug or White 24K, the PI detectors are nice for hitting deeper gold and shallow gold but I would work my way up to a PI....if you prove to yourself you can find gold to began with. So again I would start slow get a good VLF detector and if you find metal detecting is not what you hoped it would be you can still sell the detector for good price although it will still be less than what you paid for it and hopefully if you found any gold you will come out OK and not lose any money. I wish you the best of luck but I wanted you to look at the reality of this and go out and enjoy yourself in the beautiful desert more so than to get out there and be disappointed if you don't do as well as you hope you would.
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    They call that "pairing" in the meteorite world; your meteorite may be paired to an already know find. There are several well know irons from that part of South America, most notably Campo del Cielo. Once the results of the analysis are in the scientist can compare to other known irons and render an opinion as to whether it is paired or not.
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    Warning, It may not be (assuming it is not an already known purchased meteorite specimen). I picked up one found in AZ by an elderly gentleman heavily magnetic which looking very much like a mesosiderite. Reuben Garcia was able to visually discern that it wasn't. I took it to Blaine Reed with his analysis 'gun' who confirmed that it definitely was not a meteorite. Steelguy's rock really looks very much like an amazing iron, but professional analysis and documentation is required. billpeters
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