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  1. Here are few from the field. Notice how they have a certain “color” to them.
  2. Jayray

    Possible Meteorite?

    Hi there, by the looks and striating layers, not a meteorite. Keep looking though, there’s one out there with you name on it. Happy Hunting!
  3. The ones posted are all ordinary chondrites. L-4/L6. If ever in question, use a file, grinder, sand paper, etc. to show a window into the matrix. Here you can see the tiny make up, as viewer from a microscope that was cut. And the other pic is as found, where there isn’t a defined pattern per say. All but about 10-20% of my finds were made with a metal detector. A good rule of thumb is to hunt with the sun at your back and look for the odd ball color rocks if hunting on a dry lake bed, and if metal detecting spec all targets, sun at your back as well and have a ‘throw down’ to test the area. And also not to get discouraged. Matching the color also help train the brain to remember what to look for. Jason
  4. Here are a few of my finds. As you can tell they are “different” from the surrounding rocks. Notice how they all have that somewhat typical color? If your finding Neolithic types of tools or ‘scraps’ in the area your hunting, those are IMO just as cool as meteorites. Jason
  5. A terrestrial rock of sorts. Very angular, gray in color not consistent with meteorites. In the field, I would have passed right on by this not giving it even a second look. If your hunting areas with this kind of consistency, meteorites would stick out as light-chocolate brown, as I call them “poop” brown in color. If it’s a fresh fall, then they will most likely have a black fusion crust but not always. Fresh is a relatively open term, meaning yesterday or even as long ago as 30+ years. Keep up the looking, hunting and studying. In theory, there should be 1 meteorite in 1 square mile of land on earth. But that’s a lot of ground to cover. If you can, search in areas where there have been meteorites found before, thus giving you a greater chance of finding one. Jason
  6. Hi there, Sorry, doesn’t show any signs of being a meteorite. We have all been there and done that thinking we have found one, only to find out it isn’t. It’s not the end of the world, but rather a chance to learn from those of us that have found them. And learn to become better at finding them and ID’ing them. Some meteorites are magnetic, but have the other indicators to back them up being magnetic as well. Clearly this is a water-worn, tumbled type of stone that doesn’t show the other classic signs. Here is a good resource to check out. http://meteorites.wustl.edu/meteorwrongs/meteorwrongs.htm Happy Hunting, and keep looking down, Jason
  7. Jayray

    I.D. help

    As with any photos it is pretty hard to tell if something is or is not a meteorite, but from what I see it doesn’t appear to be one. The outside just doesn’t look right, in my opinion. Now that being said, getting it tested is a good start. Have any other rites been found in the area? Or relatively close by to be a part of that? There doesn’t seem to be any Thumb prints or regmaglypts, and what appears to be fusion crust looks off too. I’m hoping I’m wrong as Opinions are like belly buttons, everyone have one. Good luck, and keep looking down. Jason
  8. Mike, nice finds my friend. They say if you throw them back they get bigger next year.
  9. Sort of looks like galena. https://www.google.com/search?rlz=1CDGOYI_enUS595US595&hl=en-US&ei=r1o1W6OKM4qF8APu5pmQCg&q=galena+mineral&oq=galena&gs_l=mobile-gws-wiz-serp.1.0.0i71l5.0.0..3196...0....0.0.......0.BlO2Q4FqmQo%3D#imgrc=0DPXpJ4cAoCaCM:
  10. @bigrex I was able to meet the owner/operator of the State School land. And found out they basically lease the land and provide the information. Not sure where the money goes, as I am sure they get their cut too. Another claim has also started just to the north of UDig. But the paydirt isn’t as good according to the owner. He also mentioned the BLM site and said the same thing, is that there isn’t much there. My truck was ready for the off road per’say trail leading to it, more for a high clearance or atv type vehicle. Maybe in the fall I plan another trip up there to hit some more topaz and other areas where there is Cambrian shale as you mentioned. Jason
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    Nice ones Eric. Those are about all I get out there as well. Congrats. Jason
  12. @pondmn Yeah we have a club in town and I was a member long ago, but may have to get re-acquainted with them again. @Morlock There was several individuals up there at UDig that have done that and were talking about it and it sounded cool too. Maybe a summer vacation in the works. @adam It was fun, and the rain was a blessing, as my body was aching from being contorted looking for topaz, digging. Having the right tools is key and getting up higher on the mountain also helps too. Again, Thanks for the info.
  13. Howdy Gang, For sometime now I’ve been wanting to hunt some fossils and recently got interested in wanting to hunt for gemstones as well. I reached out @adam and @bigrex and a HUGE shoutout goes out to them for the info they provided. I left out of town on Friday afternoon and headed to Delta, UT. On the recommendations, I decided to try UDig fossils. Granted, it’s a pay to dig site, but my time was somewhat limited and I had a plan for other stuff too. I ended up having a blast, found lots of trilobites, some algae, and plant life. And the best was the other people who had small children shouting and sharing in their excitement when they found something. I only spent a half day there, then heading to the huge dry lake, Sevier Lake. Let’s just say the lake wasn’t dry and that was a bust to look for meteorites. Next, while heading back to Delta, I headed to Sunstone Knoll to look for sunstone Laboredite. I found quite a few small crystals scattered about but anyone probably could if they looked close enough. Now it was time to head to Topaz, Mountain. I forgot to mention, in my planning prep, I decided to rough it and sleep in the back of the bed of my truck. I figured the weather was going to be good, so why not, less to carry. Night one was fine, a bit cramped in the bed, but manageable. I am sure your saying, OK, so what about night two. Well, when they say 10% chance of rain in Utah, that means 100%. But I’ll discuss that a bit later. I arrived at Topaz, MT. around 5:30pm Sat. night. Threw some rock hammers, 3lb sledgehammer, pry bar, chop-sticks, and a screwdriver in my pack and headed out to hit the high areas in the mountain. I was behind the claim area to the left, as their map shows, and figured I’d go higher as most would probably not. After poking around for about three hours I found some small pieces, and a rose colored piece. Nothing whole, but still fun. I met a few others, as it was crammed pack with all kinds of people. Night two. Now about that 10% chance of rain. Well, it started to drop-drop but nothing I couldn’t handle around 10:00pm. I settled in the bed of the truck and was lights out about 11:00. Around 2:00am, it started to rain at a steady pace. I recognized it but figured it would let up. By 5:00, my sleeping bag was soaked, but I was still warm and decided to abandon the bed for the cab. I slept in the front seat until about 7:00. The rain finally let up to a drizzle an broke for about an hour. So I was ready to hunt some more. This time I went far left of the claim, where others were the night before, and headed up the mountain. Ofcourse, it started to rain some more, so I found a nice cubby outcrop to stay dry. It payed off. There were some vugs, but noting looked promising. Then after poking about, I found an area that was soft, and seemed to have an air pocket. That was the paydirt. I spent the better part of the hour or more using my chopsticks to dig, pry, gouge, and use the tools to extract the topaz. It doesn’t look like much but I’ll take it. I found another in the same outcrop and by mid morning I called it quits as the rain was persistent. As I was leaving, I saw in the rock hounding book about Apache Tears at Obsidian Hill. That was the next stop. Apache tears were everywhere and I grabbed quite a few. Directly across the road is Butterscotch Hill, where you can find tumbled jasper stones. I grabbed a few and decide to head out, since now I was wet from all the exploring. Overall, a fun and productive weekend, and I accomplished all I set out to do. Here are a few pics of the adventure.
  14. Jayray

    Possible meteorite pieces?

    Kyle, Interesting indeed but terrestrial man-made or natural as Mike suggested. Meteorites are addicting and the fun of the hunt is key. Don't get discouraged but keep looking. Also, a very good publication, if you don't have it is Richard' Norton's, Rocks From Space. Plus, there are a hundred and one sites on the I-net as well for learning about the different kinds of meteorites, characteristics, tell-tale signs, etc. That piece has vesicles in it, meaning some sore of gas being produced. Meteorites don't have those. The color is close, I call it "poop" brown. Also, look up the streak test for meteorites, and that can help to ID them as well, but it is only a small part of ID'ing them. Keep looking down, Jason
  15. BigRex, trilobites you have collected, last year.  Well the fossil bug has got me lately, and now wanting to get into some topaz too. I saw a post you made in Aug '17 or so last year about hunting up in UT amd the video you made on Youtube. I'd really like to come up that way and do some hunting for topaz and trilobites too. Any suggestions, tips, or even guiding other there? I don' have the 4x4 anymore, just 2 wheel, not sure that makes a difference. And what about the time of year? I'm interested in the next several weeks or so, maybe after the 7th of June. I know it'll be hot but I'm OK with that, I think. Let me know what you think or can offer in the way of finding success up there. I'm just shooting in the dark here, and other than Google Earth, not much in knowing the roads, area, claims, etc. Let me know what you think.

    1. bigrex


      Hi Jayray, feel free to shoot me an e-mail at biggrex@gmail.com. My inbox here is full. I typed something out, but preferred to not post it to my public profile. Thank you.