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Bedrock Bob

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  1. Actually Slim I think it is ringtail. Do you see how the turds are folded in half? Ringtail (sometimes) have long turds folded in half like that. Also the tapered ends. Ringtail hate it when their butt hole slams shut. So their turds are always tapered. Cat poop is usually one big one and one little one. They stay regular. But ringtail only poop once every few days. They have long colons and their turds are longer in proportion to their diameter. So they leave several "v" shaped turds like that. So do skunks. Especially if they eat little animals with fur and bones that reinforce their little poops. It's a lot longer in proportion than the average cat crap. And whatever is holding it together does not look like a purely carnivorous matrix like a bobcat. It looks more omnivorous like a ringtail or a skunk. Or a lactose intolerant raccoon. Just my two cents. It can be whatever kind of poop you want to believe it is. But it looks like ringtail or skunk or something to me. And that is probably more likely than bobcat in a residential area.
  2. I was slowly working up to that Clay. But yeah. Exactly.
  3. Man I am sorry about your dog. They are harder to loose than people.
  4. You identify scat from the contents of the turd. Not really from the shape. Without knowing what is in the turd you are just guessing. If guessing is good enough then groovy. Otherwise you need to break it apart and at least determine if the animal was omnivorous. That is basic scatology 101. Identifying scat is just like identifying a rock. It is fairly easy to determine what it is if you know what it is made of. The turd could be any small carnivore or omnivore. Without an attempt to identify it properly any guess is as good as the next. Yes, it looks like bobcat poop. It also looks like skunk poop. Ringtail poop. Dog poop. Cat poop. Raccoon poop. Coyote poop... You determine what left the poop by analyzing the contents. The only difference between turds is what the animal ate and was able to digest.
  5. What is it with sleeping Canadian women anyway?
  6. It looks like this mystery has been solved. Thanks for posting Slim!
  7. I thought you really wanted to identify it Slim. I didn't realize you were just looking for trouble. You aren't a very happy person are you Slim? You can't post $h!t without getting upset about it.
  8. If it was in a shed on top of a shelf I'd say it was ringtail. If it was on my front porch in a flower pot I'd say the cat is sick. Is that undigested vegetable matter or fur? Are there bones in it? Insect parts? Seeds? Where was it found? (In a shed, out in the desert, under your pillow, etc.) It could be about any small animal. We need more info. You know the drill Slim. Streak, hardness, specific gravity, close up of the matrix. It's the same with turds. You must look closely and identify what the animal ate to guess what animal it is. It's tough to tell what's in a turd from a photo. Rub it under the toilet tank lid and post a photo of the streak.
  9. I think it would be very difficult for an advanced civilization to have existed on earth and not left a trace. We have ample record of the plant and animal kingdom. If an advanced civilization had colonized earth there would be some sort of evidence of that. It is great to imagine. There is always a place for fantasy and fiction. But until there is one shred of evidence that it happened we can safely assume there are no sharks in our spoon. And if there were sharks in our spoons they would be very tiny sharks.
  10. All you really need is a land ownership map to know if you are on private, State or BLM land. Once you know you are on BLM land you can go pretty much wherever you want to go. When you find the spot you want to prospect then you need to determine the specific location (township and range) and find out if the area is claimed. That is where it gets a bit tricky. Good maps and databases like Land Matters are the best place to start. If you are on BLM land that isn't obviously marked you are probably OK. You aren't supposed to be actively prospecting on someone's claim but it is not something that is a big deal unless it is being actively worked and clearly marked. It is easy to get the contact information for claim owners. It's up to you whether to ask permission or forgiveness depending on how you intend to prospect and who has the claim.
  11. Everyone wants a fair and transparent way to be compensated for the minerals. The key here is we want to be compensated for the minerals. Our Sen. Heinrich is the very model of a moderate and understands the balance that must be struck between the environment and the economy. I don't often agree with any politician but I am in agreement with him on this issue. He is often the voice of reason when both sides of the issue are so incredibly partisan.
  12. Clay has written volumes on the subject. Several of his posts have been pinned as resources for this. Im not sure if they still are. It would be worth your time to search for his holy scripts that are buried in this forum like so many diamonds dropped into a cow patty... He has a website and a database that may be of interest to you. I forget what he calls it. He's as close to an expert on it as anyone. If you rub his belly just right he might bestow some knowledge upon us by posting here. I can usually get him to post if I aggravate him a little. So if he does not respond here I'll start in on him and get his attention for you. Otherwise find his website and start there.
  13. Las Cruces is always a nice spot to be Max. And things are a bit less expensive here than elsewhere. But there are very few homes less than $250k. You can land out in the sticks in a trailer house for $125k. Maybe a couple acres of scrub brush to call home. You will need a couple junk cars to decorate your yard to fit in. It's not too wild on the outskirts. There are some mighty rough rascals in the colonias now days but they are generally a respectable bunch that aren't a threat to anyone except themselves. I worry a lot more about the law down here than my neighbors. It is getting ridiculous. You can't swing a dead cat around without hitting a cop with it. And they are a rough looking bunch too. You can't leave town without going through that federal checkpoint either. It's a bit of a police state but other than that it is a fine place to live. It's a good place to live on the cheap. You can still get a good meal at a food truck for $8. My electric bill is $30. Weed is cheap. As long as you can live on tortillas, beans and green chile you can be pretty happy here.
  14. Awesome! Nice baby mammoth tooth Sketch!
  15. What I might agree or disagree with is irrelevant. My point is that you are grossly misrepresenting the facts to promote a specific political agenda. I was simply pointing out that your statement was false. At no time has anyone suggested waging war on the American people to save grizzly bears. It just never happened.
  16. What kind of war do you think she was referring to Slim? Calm down man. She isn't the devil. She is just someone with whom you do not agree.
  17. No one has suggested waging war on the American people to protect grizzly bears. Get real Slim.
  18. I'll take that bet. No one cares about recreational "mining". It's not something that is on anyone's list of concerns. I'll bet that this administration does not impact your hobby use of public land in any way. An "eco crackpot" is no worse than a shill for the oil and extraction industries. That seems to be the game we are playing now days. Neither extreme offers sound management of our public lands. They simply pander to idealistic beleifs that are equally ridiculous.
  19. The rock poses no hazard at all. Not unless you are crushing it. When surface collecting the types of minerals that would be an inhalation hazard are mighty rare. The ones that are a handling hazard are too. You don't want to get too intimate with any heavy metal compounds but washing your hands after handling them is all you need to do. Those types of minerals are very soluble and anything that may pose a hazard to a spectator disappears pretty fast. Weathering at the surface leaches it from the rocks surface pretty quickly. Unless you are down in a mine breaking out rock you are fine. While the things Clay speaks about are true for certain minerals it does not really apply to this specimen. This looks like quartz sided with polymetallic sulphide ore rich in copper. It is a colorful skin of chalcopyrite or Bornite (depending upon the day of the week). This specimen is not poisonous. It is not an arsenic mineral (although it could contain arsenic as well as many other toxic metals). It is "peacock ore" which is a general term for colorful copper "pyrites". "Pyrites" being another gutter slang phrase for an sulfide sub-metallic mineral. It is always good advice to not ingest any rock you find in the field. It is perfectly fine to collect them though. And with very few exceptions you won't have to worry about toxins unless you put those rocks into an orifice or snort a line of crushed material. In the Santa Rita open pit copper mine they have jokes about colorful minerals. There are millions of metric tons of rock that look just like your specimen. Everyone calls it something different and they are all right. And they are all wrong too. Discussing what specific mineral this is would be like discussing which sub species of sunfish we caught. There are so many variations that only an expert could say and other experts may disagree. As long as we can all agree it is "a little perch" we have identified it as well as we can without further testing and knowledge. So IMHO it is sufficient to say the rainbow coloration on this rock is either chalcopyrite or bornite (depending on the day). And while we can safely collect and observe this stone we should refrain from inserting it into any body cavities. At least for any extended periods.
  20. Hey I'm just guessing. I might sound authoritative but I'm not. There are a dozen different copper sulfide minerals that look like that. I wouldn't know one from the other. I call all of them chalcopyrite on the weekdays and bornite on the weekends.
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