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  1. 6 points
    I finally made it back to the Big Az the weekend of the 18th! This time we were in prospecting mode for new areas and as usual, we hit it hard and took advantage of the time I was there. We did drop in on one of the Big Bug Mining District claims and that’s where I pulled these three from ‘eddy spots’ where bedrock crosses the wash. These came from places that started with no signal whatsoever, I just felt that gold would stop there when the wash was flowing, so I dug a bit with my pick, then detected again with my 2300 and was rewarded!
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    No free metal. No chondrules. No fusion crust. No meteorite. You don't need "testing". It is obviously terrestrial mineral iron. Sometimes it is easier to identify meteorites than it is guys who pretend to know about them. Be very careful of the information you get on this forum because much of it is complete nonsense.
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    I'll get rid of what I have and start hunting fresh. It would be awesome to travel on day and tag along with people who have experience in what to hunt for. I have access to small beaches that people dont have access to lots of forests ,slopes and creeks in the same area. BC gold hunters are getting lucky now days, I think I'm in the wrong hobby for this area. thank you all so much for your patiencpatience and I'll do alot more research. none of my rocks have the definition or the texture like the one in your pictures, its beautiful. cheers
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    I would get it in front of someone that knows fire agates. You can waste a lot of time for no reason or destroy a great stone. Anyone that has carved fire agate will be able to let you know if it has potential. It is very uncommon to know how much potential without starting to grind it with diamond bits. Without being specific can you let us know the general region you found the stones. True fire agate is not very common and I don't know of any of the areas that are associated with gold however there are lots of areas with brown chalcedony.
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    Thanks Mike, attempting to use the data now. Might take some time to learn the times / elevation / filters.
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    Well I haven't been on the forums much lately but detecting still happens every now and then. Here are hand full of nuggets from a new area I found last year.... I had to get them all first lol. I hope all is well with everyone here. I will try and get to the outing and say hi!
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    Well, Jan 9th makes one year of nugget hunting for me. I've had a blast, learned a lot, and gotten myself in decent shape. If I live another 30 years, I just might be able to absorb something from my pile of geology books. I spend summers in Wa. State, but spend half my time up there wishing I was down south. Here's my haul for my first year. Wifey has claimed the largest specimen as her own. I have been informed it will be a pendant hanging around her neck. Makes up for all the flowers I never get her, I suppose! Thanks for all the good advice and entertaining stories you guys post. I've learned a lot, with a helluva lot more to go! Regards, Kyle
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    Sorry..... neither are meteorites. A famous meteorite hunter and dealer once stated there's an average of 7 to 10 meteorites per SQUARE MILE with most the size of a pea. The chances of finding one on your property is almost nil. If you're really serious about finding a meteorite, go visit a meteorite strewn field like Gold Basin or Franconia and bring a metal detector with you. The odds are much better. Or depending on where you live, take long hikes to look for unusual rocks that don't seem to belong and have meteorite characteristics. Again....the chances are slim but you never know. There's a member of this forum who became interested in meteorites and was successful.in finding one. Originally he wanted to travel out to Arizona to look for one but instead found one while taking a hike with his wife not far from his house.
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    Slag has gases escape too but they push the hole out, leaving a lipped rim around the hole. A meteorite expands while under atmospheric pressure, so the holes are pressed down by the air. Slag will have holes with rims and meteorites always have flat holes.
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    The flat side suggests it broke up in the atmosphere and the edges rounded off. This is a good specimen to send for further science, the most meteorite like rock you have posted. It looks pitted but the only way to know for sure is more testing. You might have an expert say it isn't one but always get a second opinion. With chemical data you can rule it out for sure. What is the density? It looks dense.
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    Flow lines are on the surface. Where material has been pushed into a "wave". If you cut a window into the rock you are not seeing flow lines. That only happens in the thin surface of the crust. The only thing I can think of is you are seeing banding and changes of coloration inside the rock. That indicates chemical weathering. Take a lump of wax the size of a tennis ball. Cut fresh surfaces on it while it is cold. Then take a heat gun and hold it close enough to melt the surface of the wax and move that surface with the air. Look at what happened and the pattern it makes. THOSE ARE FLOW LINES. If you cut a window in the wax you would cut away any flow lines you made with the heat gun. So the answer to your question is no. There cannot be flow lines in the window. Flow lines are the waves and smooth fused ripples formed as a result of friction on the crusted surface. Dimples like regmaglypts do not usually form in stony meteorites. Generally speaking regmaglypts are an iron meteorite trait. Stones certainly have surface features influenced by friction but they are much less durable than a hunk of steel flying through the air. Learn your terminology and look at specimens with flow lines. Learn what fusion crust actually looks like by research and hands on learning. Learn what chondrules are. Throw away every rock that does dot have free metallic iron in it. Learn the difference between metallic iron and mineral iron. If your rock does not have free metallic iron or chondrules throw it away. Period. Don't nickel test anything. A nickel test proves absolutely nothing. All a person can do toward identifying a meteorite is find a rock with metallic iron or chondrules. You may spot something that looks like fusion crust or flow lines and it may cause you pick a rock up. But unless it has metal or chondrules in the window IT IS NOT A METEORITE AND THOSE ARENT FLOW LINES. Im not saying all meteorites have visible metal and chondrules. I am saying you are not going to be successful at finding any meteorite until you learn to identify the "common" ones. You will find a thousand meteorites that have free metal and chondrules to every one you find without. And you will spend years finding your first one unless you hunt known strewn fields. So start with baby steps. Looking for meteorites out in the wilds will teach you about terrestrial rocks and that is good. But it teaches nothing about meteorites. You can only learn what fusion crust, chondrules and flow lines look like by observing real meteorites. And you must touch a few too. Forget about shapes and flow lines in the field. Stick every dark rock with a magnet and streak every one that sticks. Look for free metal and chondrules. If you don't see that chunk it over your shoulder. Pretty quick you will recognize the familiar faces of terrestrial iron and you won't need to bother streaking the rock. Sooner or later you will find free metal. Then we can talk about slag and artifacts. A thousand hours later you will wind up in a strewn field somewhere and find one. But by the time you actually find one you won't need to test it or ask anyone here. You will know what it is the instant you see it.
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    Or if you know Marc Fries or Rob Matson, reach out to them directly
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    https://ares.jsc.nasa.gov/meteorite-falls/how-to-find-meteorites/ skip to step 3
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    https://fireball.amsmeteors.org/members/imo_view/report/189691 Dont know about radar, but is this the one? Date of fall?
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    Garikfox That's about a normal day in detecting. I think your a hoot! and have all of the drive and desire to be successful. Keep at it!
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    Hi All, Glad to have a Place to learn, share and meet like folk. I am hoping that members will share who is going out, when, where and if they would mind a tag along (like some company!)... I have been prospecting for over 20 years in the Great NW and looking to GET On THE GOLD AS MUCH AS LIFE WILL ALLOW! If I am planning on getting out, I will POST my plans in advance too :).. A bit of luck is involved, but you have to be on the GOLD to have any chance at all, let get out there! Thanks! *EDC*
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    It is hematite replacement. Sandstone that has undergone iron enrichment by a chemical process. It gets waterlogged easy. A specific gravity can only be done accurately by extracting the water with vacuum and then wighing dry. Then weigh in water. It's terrestrial iron.
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    That is so small that I would think getting density would be difficult. Especially as porous as that rock is. I bet most stuff on earth has a density of 3.0 give or take .5,
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    Most meteorites are 3.0 density+ because of the heavy metal.This does not appear meteoric to me. That bring said there is another type of meteorite called a planetary meteorite. Does it have holes where gas escaped? It appears to be man made but it could be planetary.
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    RAIN, RAIN, RAIN, had to dig out an old pic so I won't forget what gold looks like......
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    Nice work, CK! I know you are being modest and your other hand is full of gold, too.
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    This is an old thread, but to me the GPX 4500 is new thanks to Rob ..... Took it out today for the first time and found a little small .30g nugget under some tree roots in an old wash with ancient river beds and coming fron an SD 2200D and a GP3500 I can say today I dug holes I never had dug in the past, mostly lead, but I swear I never dug (2 feet) deep holes before to find lead .......
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    "Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm "Hand Stacking"" .......And look what they missed. Gary
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    Hope you had a Happy Birthday!
  26. 1 point
    Thanks I did add a windshield and a roof. The girlfriend will have to tuff it out lol.
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    Nice ride ! Cant go wrong with a Honda !!
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    I'm back everyone 🙂. Took me awhile to heal from my last endeavor 8 days ago. But i'm back ready to go. Note too self don't mess with neck muscles. My next Expedition will be on the 11th, Monday. I have some very good news and since i don't really have any friends to share my excitement with i'd like to share my excitement with you all! I got my BUGGY!!! 2020 Honda Pioneer 700 I got it today from Ride Now Powersports Chandler. I financed it with 4K down. Super awesome, me happy! 🙂
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    Thanks and i'll keep trying
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    Hey all you new folks and others that have not added a photo to your profile, now you will have the first letter of your user name by default. Please add a photo in your profile area.... If you don't do it we will hehehehehe
  31. 1 point
    It all came from jewelry stores! Honestly all conversations here are nothing more than theories and no one knows for sure. I lean towards the theory that heavy metalallic elements were formed in the Big Bang and further formed from dying stars that exploded into nebulas. On a second note I think most gold formed here on earth is precipitated from solution. Future mining of asteroids could answere many questions
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