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  1. I'm not sure where you could drive all over a strewn field. It would be unethical at best to just drive around off road. Illegal in most places. And in the strewn fields I am familiar with it would be quite impossible to drive anywhere off the road. You would be stuck or otherwise immobile. Maybe out on a playa somewhere. In a 1974 Pinto covered in refrigerator magnets. Patiently gridding the entire area hoping a tiny fragment will jump up and stick. This idea has become my absolute favorite strewn field strategy!
  2. I got that Morlock. My point was that Nininger did not use the rake to recover meteorites. He used it to reveal the presence of a strewn field. And it did not work very well at doing that. I wasn't being critical of your post at all. Just trying to expand a bit on it. The takeaway here is that there is no "strewn field strategy" other than the tried and true method of visual searching and field testing suspect rocks.
  3. You can drag a magnet at Holbrook and small pieces will stick. But you can't put magnets on a vehicle and expect any results at all. First the impulse power of a magnet is only an inch or two. If you are farther away than that you can't expect it to attract anything. Secondly vehicles are only good on roads and on open areas. Even if meteorites could jump 2 feet to stick you couldn't drive a vehicle over them. A magnetic rake puts magnets in contact with the ground and might reveal some particles. If you found particles it could indicate the presence of a strewn field. Then you could search with a magnet or detector in the usual fashion. If you knew you were in a strewn field already you would be going backwards by dragging a magnet with a vehicle. You would not get the bigger pieces that were buried or stuck in hard pan. The idea that you could put magnets on the bed of a truck and attract anything at all is preposterous. The rake method might clue you in to a strewn field in the same way a gold pan might reveal a placer area. But once you get to that point the only way to find meteorites is by searching for them visually or possibly electronically. There are no shortcuts to finding them that I have ever heard of. We used a Pulse Star detector with a big 4x4 square coil on the back of an ATV. We did find meteorites but in my opinion probably missed more than we hit. It was not much faster or easier than just swinging the detector and the setup would only get the big ones. So it is debatable whether that strategy was better than good old fashioned searching. A magnet is great to do a field test on a suspect stone. It is nearly worthless to attract stones you have not already visually identified as suspect. This is true for all the obvious reasons and several more that might not be so obvious. The same is true of electronic location. Trying to add a motorized means of moving the coil or magnet just multiplies the problem. IMHO the best and only way to hunt meteorites is on foot, by eye and with the help of a magnet or coil on a hand held pole.
  4. A really low slung poodle in the "standing tail position" might locate a lost Spanish strewn field. Especially when hunting around burned areas where skilled masons collected diamonds from Venus. My dog rolls over and let's me check his belly for meteorites all the time. Maybe I should add some neodymium to his diet?
  5. I disagree Mike. All you need to do is snap some neo magnets on the bed of your truck and drive. Do donuts and stuff. Drive all over the strewn field. The meteorites will stick to the underside of the truck with other magnetic junk. Just park the truck over a tarp and take the magnets off the bed. The meteorites will fall off onto the tarp. It turns your F-150 into a meteorite harvesting machine! That is exactly how we hunted Glorieta. We just drove around the hills all day with magnets stuck to the fenders and cleaned the pallasites off the undercarriage when we stopped to get more gas. I swear it's true! .... "Feel free to share your favorite strategies when hunting a strewn field".
  6. No I don't. He told me he had sent it to be cut several weeks before the accident. That is the last we discussed it.
  7. Magnets on the underside of your truck bed? And just drive? And meteorites jump out of the ground to stick to the magnets? What a strewn field strategy! Might I ask what strewn field have you been successful in?
  8. Thanks Frank. Im doing really well. Already better than before the surgery. I'll be on light duty for a while but I feel great. I should have had this taken out years ago. The first surgery put me down for weeks and was just horrible. I didn't get it fixed for ten years because it was so bad. This time was a completely different experience in every way. I just can't believe the difference in the way the surgeon and the hospital handled it. The initial surgery was a horror show from start to finish and they screwed up the job. Afterward they stuck a pain pill in my mouth and wheeled me to the curb. Then it was nothing but denials and excuses. This time I was treated like royalty and they really took care of me before and after the surgery. They made sure I was OK before releasing me and gave me good instructions in case things got weird. They call and check up on me and answer any questions. The difference in the care and the outcome is like night and day. I'll probably have some lasting pain and discomfort but they honestly did the best they could given the circumstances. They really tried hard to insure I got the best care they could give me.
  9. It is just plain old refractory waste (in other words "slag"). Nothing special about it at all. There are millions of tons of material just like it produced every day. It is not gold. It has no regmaglypts. It is not brecciated. What you are seeing is waste metals from a refining process. Nothing more.
  10. That is refractory waste. The "gold" you are seeing is copper.
  11. Thanks! That helps a lot. I always wanted to try and find some gold but just didn't know where to start. This makes me want to learn more about it. Maybe someday I will find some too!
  12. That is all way above my head. What is "placers"?
  13. What you are seeing is not metallic. It is sub metallic. You have a chunk of common iron rich basalt. Nothing more.
  14. A classic meteorite look? It has a classic terrestrial basalt look. No way that is a meteorite. It has no flow lines. Neither is it brecciated. You seem to be confused about what those terms mean. No iron. No chondrules. No fusion crust. Obviously a terrestrial volcanic and a simple field test would prove that. Why don't you learn that test and perform it? We have explained it to you many times. You should take the first step toward being a meteorite hunter and learn that test! Or you could just keep on posting common rocks and pretending they are meteorites.
  15. Yup. Since we met I have had a deer antler sticking me in the belly every step. Attached to my nerves, abdominal muscles and other giblets. The top of it just under the belt line (thats why I wear suspenders and not a belt) and the point down near the goodies. The arthritis in the back was related to the foreign body in my belly too. I have that back problem for years and it got so bad the last year I almost got surgery. But when this mesh started swelling up the back got better. I think a lot of the inflammation in the back was related because I have zero back pain now. The first time in three years I have been able to stand or sit without pain in my back. It just went away about Thanksgiving when this mesh decided to swell up. The doctor said that the junk in my belly could have caused an immune reaction that could set off swelling in joints. So my tendonitis in the wrists and arthritis in the back could have been aggravated by the wad of mesh. As soon as I can muck again we need to go dig holes! And yeah...the kayak was like sitting with a pistol in my belt. It poked me in the belly on one end and in the groin on the other. So I have been working with that handicap since the day we met on this forum many moons ago.
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