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Bedrock Bob

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  1. Let's plan a trip today Slim! I would take a 69 Ford Galaxy powered by a 351 Cleveland. Maybe supercharge that rascal. Lower it in the back until it threw sparks once in a while. Feed it blue thunder, methanol and human blood. It won't take long to get there at 165 mph. Heck, Dallas is only 6 hours away at that speed. I figure the road to that rock won't have many cops so we can let her unwind once we get past the rings around Uranus. With a name like "Nu 2 Lupi d" nobody is going to build an offramp to get there. Better bring that big roadmap of the universe. We might have to take a farm road once we pass the andromeda galaxy. I have a cooler of beer, a hand full of good Dominican cigars and a half ounce of yesca. We can take some sandwich material and hit a taco truck once in a while if we need to. Let's pull out as soon as I get the carbs jetted for altitude! https://youtu.be/eOjAzI5zALo
  2. Where I hunt obsidian there are other opaque nodules that look just like obsidian on the outside. But they are much harder and heavier. Much less silica content. I have always called them basanite. There is no olivine within 25 miles and they come out of a strata of caliche and cemented gravels. So im not sure if it actually is basinite. But it isn't obsidian. Anyhoo you can't tell the difference sometimes visually. They look exactly like an obsidian nodule. But as soon as you pick them up you realize they are too heavy. They are opaque and not glassy at all when polished. They are just dense black silica rich basalt. I don't think the rock in the photo is glass. I think it is heavier and harder than obsidian and is one of those other opaque black basalt like minerals. The surface weathering just looks like one of those "other" nodules that I call basanite.
  3. I agree on barite and calcite on the first two. That third one looks like sulfide ore. Those dark blades look like a silver ore to me. But they could be a whole bunch of things. It is a nice mineral specimen for sure. It could be worth a few bucks if it is a rare crystal. One of these guys will recognize those crystals. My guess based on almost complete ignorance is a metal crystal of some type. One of the silver rich minerals. The last photo shows a blue cut thunder egg agate and a green mineral im going to call serpentine. But the green stuff could be a few other minerals too. You will probably have to do a streak and hardness test and post a close up to really identify it.
  4. Evidently longer than you have. One man's ceiling is another aliens floor. I guess it all depends on what planet you are from huh? I think we need to see your proof of terrestriality. You talk like an illegal alien.
  5. Im thinking a bubble over the whole thing. Maybe put a big beautiful door in it somewhere.
  6. Just an observation... The last time I checked 22.1 is greater than 21.4. I think the unwritten rules were "guess the weight without going over". It appears that your guess went over.
  7. Slim, if you would stop your ridiculous sniping at me I would stop making you look like a fool. Why can't you just drop it? You are doing nothing except trolling for trouble. Leave me alone and we will get along fine!
  8. Why don't you try a little mercury? Mercury will not amalgamate with platinum nor iron. It will readily coat any other metal. Native platinum is also magnetic. It always is alloyed with iron. So if it is not magnetic it is probably not platinum.
  9. It is definitely sockets left from crinoid segments. I wasn't looking that close. My phone screen is tiny and my eyes are bad. Still the larger piece has symmetry that is just not mineral. It is something encrusted in crinoid stems. Or it was laying on crinoids when it fossilized and that is the side we see with the crinoids. In my neck of the woods there are tons of crinoid in limestone. Lots of calcite and flourite are in layers below. There are other fossils in the limestone above the crinoid layer. So you could find a fossil with a bit of crinoid rich material stuck to it I suppose. I think it is fossil (or a casting of something) encrusted in fossils. I'm pretty sure you have found a petrified turducken.
  10. That's a strange specimen for sure. It's not a skull. But it does look like the shell of some sort of crustacean. A crab shell or a lobster or something.
  11. I think a ducket is about five average frogskins. Maybe six if the frogs were small. Samoleans are a volatile currency that roughly equate to about three frogskins and a hand full of pretty rocks. Im not sure they are still fungible outside of Swaziland. But I will gladly pay you in Samoleans on Thursday for a hamburger today.
  12. Cypress is all over the place. It is a variation of cedar and juniper. I think it is bald cypress or black cypress that makes the "knees". They grow up from the roots and form strange knobs sticking up out of the water. Back in the days that your rock was a tree there was probably a lot of swampy stuff going on. I don't know but I imagine there were cypress like trees growing lots of places. I'm sure lots has changed since then. We have fungus on juniper trees here that make wierd knobs like that at the ends of branches. It looks really similar. Burls are wierd irregular growth that often form goofy shapes too. I bet that your rock was a strange looking wood growth before it was petrified and petrification just made it weirder. You may have found a petrified ugly stick. It could be worth a pile of frogskins.
  13. Looks a bit like a cypress knee. Maybe some similar nub that grew up from a root system. Or maybe some type of growth influenced by fungi. Its cool. It's certainly not your average chunk of pet wood.
  14. Excellent topic Suelo! I'm a big fan of good old fashioned water. But milk or juice is great as long as it is not your primary source of liquids. I like a beer once in a while but I never use it as a quench. I always quench before I drink a beer and then make sure to quench after. And when drinking any alcoholic beverage I quench with pure water and not something sugary. Some of the new quenches have a sugar substitute that does not sit well with me. I tried a popular flavored water thinking that because it was clear it would make a good quench. I liked the taste and used it for quenching on a long hike one summer. My stomach tightened up like an anaconda and I began crapping pellets as dense as pallasites. I haven't quenched with that crap since. So quenches are very important. Especially for outdoorsmen who are working hard. My opinion is you should quench with water and limit any other liquid to small amounts. And natural liquids such as milk, juice or vegetable drinks are much better quenches than any prepared drink. Horchata is a great drink for quenching. It is basically ground rice steeped in water and flavored with nutmeg and a shot of canned milk. You can add some brown sugar or molasses if you like. It is the only recipe I would consider a good quench. Horchata is a Mexican quench using rice. But a buddy of mine from Tobago makes a quench out of seaweed called "Irish Moss". It is almost like horchata flavored with a little peanut butter. Both are excellent quenches that are delicious and nutritious. So quench early and quench often. It is very important for every prospector!
  15. Absolutely not. We need a ceiling. It is a matter of national security. Alpha Centauri is not sending their best aliens. Some could be criminals or have diseases. Others may be good life forms. We just don't know. You guys that don't support the ceiling just want to give extraterrestrials free housing and benefits. You support open skies and the destruction of our great planet by these invaders. You just want to destroy what our brave men and women in uniform fought and died for.
  16. It seems a much more likely explanation than flying spaghetti monsters from Alpha Centauri. But that is just my opinion. It certainly could be an invasion of aliens. Maybe we should build a ceiling to keep them out?
  17. If we see lights we don't understand in our refrigerator we generally dont believe it originated in the oven. Likewise when we see lights we don't understand on earth we are fairly safe in the assumption that it did not originate on another planet. We don't really know if the strange things we see in the refrigerator originated in the oven. But experience tells us that the most likely explanation lies in the refrigerator. The same goes for things we don't understand on earth. No one has indicated that life on other planets is impossible or even unlikely. Quite the opposite. We have all agreed that is not only likely but is almost certain. They have only expressed their doubt in the popular beliefs that the UFO phenomenon is the result of Gods, witchcraft, aliens or demons. Believing that things we don't understand on this planet come from another planet is a huge stretch. There are many things that we don't understand and cannot explain. Yes, they all could be from another planet. Or the oven. We just don't know. But imagining they are from another planet (or the oven) is just that... Imagination. Unexplained phenomenon? Well, it is all pure conjecture. There is no evidence at all to indicate what these phenomenon are or where they originate. All we can do is imagine. Some like to imagine they are demons. Some think it is witchcraft. Some think they are God's. Still others believe they are space aliens. This is all just beliefs that are filling up space where knowledge is lacking. Visitors from another galaxy? Maybe. But until there is one shred of evidence that this is the explanation we are just playing with our imagination. As far as life on other planets is concerned I have never heard anyone here say it would be impossible. Neither have you. That is simply a false statement designed to misrepresent what was actually said. The only point of contention has been that the unexplained phenomenon comes from intelligent visitors from another planet. That is a belief that you are certainly free to entertain if you would like to. But until there is one shred of evidence to back that up I simply prefer to accept the fact that we really have no idea what or who is responsible, and that little green men from Mars are one of the least likely explanations.
  18. Wouldn't it be a hoot if aliens were just billionaires from another planet? I think the consensus among all the experts is that life does exist out there somewhere. It just about has to. It would be ridiculous to think life is unique to our planet given the vastness of space and all the possibilities out there. Believing UFOs come from outer space is quite different than believing there is life out there on a distant planet. Wouldn't you agree Slim?
  19. The texture in the last couple photos do look like wood. But it is really difficult to tell. Wood agate can be just about any color. And sometimes it doesn't look anything like wood. It's more about the crystalline structure of the material. Whether it is glassy or sugary in texture and how it flakes off when chipped. Agates and jaspers are "in between" glassy obsidian and crystalline quartz. They are not quite glass but pretty darn close. They flake with a conchoidal fracture but at steeper angles than the glassy stuff like obsidian and opal. What you have does not look glassy enough to be petrified wood. But it certainly could be. It is definitely a silica rich rock but the texture indicates it is coarser grained than an agate and probably formed under a bit more pressure than an agate would form. I bet if you look closely with a magnifier you will see the crystal structure on the surface of a fresh break. It won't look glassy and smooth but frosted and a bit textured. That will tell you whether the rock is microcrystalline like an agate or crystalline like a quartzite. If it is frosty and crystalline it is not petrified wood.
  20. They put some wicked twin turbocharged diesel engines in the Samurai over in SE Asia. The rich folks love them. I bet those hotrod rotary diesel engines would really sing in a rig like that. It would perform at any altitude and have an incredible RPM range.
  21. Everything is stock. I have a Holley 2bbl. Carb, headers and a bit larger valves in ported heads but otherwise it is all factory. It's snappy. Off road it will really sling the dirt. It will pull 36" of snow with the tires all chained up. So it has enough power to do whatever you need off road. It will go 80-85 down the highway but it is foolish. I never drive it over about 60 mph. and that is pushing things. But it will accelerate as fast as you can shift through the gears. The Chevy V8 conversions are popular. So is the Buick V-6. I have always ran the stock 2F engine in all mine. The old 69 was an "F" engine that only made 100 h.p. but it still roared down the road pretty good. Mine is probably cranking out 135 h.p. with a pantload of torque. Honestly... I drive a 1998 Jeep Cherokee with a 4.0 litre 6 cyl. and auto trans. It is a MUCH better 4WD than the Land cruiser. But it isn't nearly as cool. It climbs better, is faster, gets better mileage and is INFINITELY more comfortable than the FJ-40. Safer too. But the old loyal Toyota has always been my favorite ride
  22. I bought a 1969 FJ-40 about 20 years ago. I restored it and gave it to my son. A few years later he traded me for a 1976 that I had. I sold the '69 for $23k. I paid $3500 for it. I had a couple of the FJ-55 Iron Pigs. They ran excellent but the rust had completely destroyed them. I sold them for $6000 each. I have owned seven Toyota FJ series LandCruisers. I have sold every one for much more than I paid for them. They are super solid and easy to work on. My old standby has been my favorite ride for 36 years. It is a 1976. It has over 650,000 miles on it and runs like a top. I take it out all the time. There is almost nothing it won't do. I'm going to restore it again this fall. I completely restored it 25 years ago. Took it off the frame and replaced every moving part. Since then I have bounced it off of every rock in New Mexico. It has outlasted two new pickups and a couple Jeeps. When the forces of nature have weathered the mountains to dust I will drive my Landcruiser in the flats.
  23. Yes. A "red" streak is any hue of red from light pink to dark chocolate. A "grey" streak is from light grey to coal black. "Purple" is a hue of red. Remember that rocks are combinations of minerals. They will give you the streak color of any minerals that touch the streak plate. So a single mineral will yield a true color. A rock may reveal a combination of colors depending on the minerals it is comprised of. No matter what color you perceive the streak to be, if it leaves a streak it is not a meteorite. If it is magnetic and leaves a streak It is an oxidized terrestrial iron.
  24. Written by a guy that claims to be pouring rhodium nuggets from ore he found on his property? Who claims to be able to smelt complex ores but can't find an oven big enough to melt a 15 gram blob of slag? Now THAT is funny!
  25. So our friend is finding natural platinum ore on his private property in Colorado so rich that he is running less than a ton and getting rhodium values in excess of $8,000? And he can't find a buyer for his metal nor an oven to melt the concentrates? This is getting beyond ridiculous man. Do you honestly expect someone to believe your story?
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