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Everything posted by Haderly

  1. Definitely not found in the correct environment for desert varnish and being found in an active river would obliterate desert varnish. Could have an oxidation rind but I would not wager on it. Based on the geology of the area it is likely an odd ball metamorphic/igneous rock.
  2. could be a serpentine if you can scratch it with a knife. It does not look like any stromatolite that I am familiar with and certainly not like the kambaba that I have.
  3. I would not wager a guess on the first one without a close up picture in nature light. The second one is a quartz crystal.
  4. Picture is really small but it look like it could be one of the Brecciated Jaspers from California (Stone Canyon or Stoney Creek). Color is right but it appears to have a lot more chalcedony than normal…which is a good thing.
  5. Hydrostatic pressure of the water is going to push through any gaps in the plastic into the interior void. You would need some kind of seal and not just overlapping layers to prevent this from happening. You may be fine in low moisture environments or for a short duration but as you found out it will not work long term.
  6. I was able to go to both camps also. Great area and lots of fun. Too bad that Emly Camp is now gone.
  7. It could be but It also looks a lot like the mushroom rhyolite that I have dug. I searched online but could not find a good picture of the unbroken outside. If you can cut it open you will be better able to identify it.
  8. I agree with you. I would place a significant wager that it is an agate.
  9. Smelter glass. I have some from a few different iron smelters. One common one in the US is "Leland Blue" from Leland, Michigan. If you google Leland Blue you will see a lot of similar examples. I have some that supposedly came from a Viking smelter but that could just be a good story.
  10. 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.
  11. The one at 10'oclock has some good bands. It has potential to be a fire agate.
  12. David – you need to make your own. You don’t need the fancy equipment. I made one for myself using diamond core bits, files, sandpaper and diamond polishing compound. Just go slow and take your time. Mine turned out great but should have made a wide band like the one in the video.
  13. The last one looks like flint. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Striped_flint
  14. Absolutely an agate. It was formed in a gas pocket so the round side goes down. The flat side is the level of the silica being deposited since the gas pocket would have been almost spherical. You can see the lines in the agate on the top edge which are referred to as a “water line agate”. Based on the color it would also be called a Carnelian Agate.
  15. I am betting that it is tar and what you are seeing in it got mixed in from being on the ground. Does it have a smell? Put a torch on it and see what happens. I know someone that collected a bunch of what they thought was obsidian. It was rock hard in the winter but as soon as the Arizona summer hit the rocks started to melt. He had collected a bunch of roofing tar that had been discarded. What he had was identical to what you are showing including the impurities in it.
  16. I took this picture awhile back. The mountain troll is certainly natural but he is overlooking some vast wealth.
  17. That is a broad collection. Fairly common but that should not take away from the value to you. You might want to get a UV light and do some night hunting for Yooperlites. They are pretty ugly in daylight but fluoresce really well. https://www.yooperlites.com/how-to-find-yooperlites.html
  18. If I get anymore specific I will truly show my ignorance of meteorites. If I was forced to guess it would be Tagish Lake or Allende but I doubt either one is correct since you have posted a lot of NWA meteorites. Maybe a NWA 8534 since there is no size reference and could be a very small piece...so that is my final answer.
  19. Is it a type of Martian meteorite? My wild guess would be Shergottite
  20. I agree. Ohio has a lot of concretions and this one looks to be a classic formation.
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