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  1. clay

    Know Your Cactus!

    Nice patch. It looks like a commercial grow.
  2. There is no such thing as a federal land use license for mining a claim. To locate a mining claim you will need to: Discover valuable minerals on lands open to location. Stake the claim boundaries and Monument with a copy of the location notice describing the area claimed. (At this point you have a mining claim as long as you complete the next two steps in a timely manner.) Record the public notice of your Location with the County Recorder where the claim is located. File an informational notice and pay a fee to the State BLM office. Most of what chrisski wrote is right on track. If you want to develop your claimed mineral deposit and you intend to significantly disturb the surface resources you will need to notify the land agency responsible for surface management of your mining plans. That agency may be the BLM, Forest Service, other federal agencies or in some circumstances the private land owner
  3. Normally aspirated cars, including the Samurai, can not operate at those altitudes. The Samurai pictured used a modified 16 valve motor with a large supercharger. Definitely not stock. I doubt a normally aspirated Samurai could exceed 14,000 feet. Even then it would be crawling and spitting along at walking speeds as you adjusted that little carb to keep a working mix. Tough little cars but they can't ignore the laws of physics.
  4. Just a heads up for those prospecting in the Southwest this season... The Land Matters Mining Claims Maps were updated this evening as they are twice each month. Arizona closed more than 46,000 acres of claims in the last two weeks - right in the middle of prospecting season. Lots of new areas opening up. In some very good areas!
  5. clay

    Forest Land Ownership

    You are welcome, and thank you Adam. That means a lot coming from you. Keep an eye on that projects page there's a lot more coming. Barry
  6. Land Matters has begun a new section on their website for new projects in development. The most recent new project is Forest Ownership. This new map tracks Forest Boundaries as well as both surface and subsurface (mineral) ownership on the National Forest System. "Forest Ownership" may sound funny since the common assumption is that all National Forest lands are created equal and are owned by the federal government. Unfortunately it's not really that simple. Land status within the forests varies greatly depending on several factors. We hope by developing this map set individual areas of the forests can be better understood by those who live near, use and research the United States forest reserves. These maps should help you understand why some areas of forest are off limits, why you see houses and farms within a National Forest and who owns the mineral rights in any particular area of a forest. In particular visitors to the eastern states forests can discover why they don't have the free use rights western forest users do. This map is going to be an eye opener for those who believe that all National Forests are the same. Many of the eastern forests are not owned or controlled by the federal government. Often when the U.S. has purchased some rights to surface use the minerals and timber are still owned in whole or in part by private individuals or corporations. When you go to the New Projects Page be sure and click on the "Forest Ownership" tab in the center of the page and read the background I've written for these new map layers. That background can really help you understand what you are seeing on these maps. The purpose of introducing these new projects while they are still in development is to get user feedback. You can have a direct influence on how these maps are developed and used as well as helping Land Matters define which projects should receive priority in their development. Please leave any comments you may have and if a particular project seems worthwhile consider supporting that project to help it along. Here is the link to the New Projects Page. Just click on the "Forest Ownership" tab then choose the Forest Ownership map link on the right to open the new project map in a new tab.
  7. clay

    Finding Nuggets in Lost Basin

    Lost Basin isn't in the Lake Mead Recreation Area except for a few small areas west and north of Meadview. It's not on National Park land either. There is a lot of private land but the majority is public lands managed by the BLM. There is one small half section of State land just west of the Lone Jack Placer (on private land in Section 15). Parts of the rec area north of Gold Basin are private land with good gold. You can still prospect private land with permission. Seems an eager prospector might approach one or two of those land owners. Just because it's on the other side of the fence doesn't always mean it's rec land.
  8. clay

    Here we go....

    You don't need a bond or a notice. The law and the regulations will back you up. Here is the actual BLM regulation straight from the government pertaining to dredging (scroll down to § 3809.5): That rule goes back to year 2002. It's still current, here is the publication in the official Federal Register clarifying that motorized drywashing and dredging are "casual use" with no need for an NOI or bond. Casual use never requires a bond or notice. The club is quoting a regulation that only applies to states with a "special situation" dredge permit system approved by a BLM agreement. Arizona has no laws, regulations, permits or BLM agreements for dredging so that regulation clearly doesn't apply.
  9. Here's an interesting article from Professional Surveyor Magazine about how an "unnamed" miner in Arizona has been preparing for future patent application. I think a monkey could figure out that the "unnamed" company is actually one of the largest mining companies in the world. Revival of Mineral Surveys For those of you who like hyperbole see if you can find the stumbler in this one. (hint: this is not a first nor a particularly unusual mineral survey)
  10. That's just a rumor Bob. There have been no new patent applications accepted since October 1993. You don't need to apply for a patent to perfect a mining claim. Once perfected a mining claim has all the rights of a patent except title to the surface estate. Mining companies perfect their mining claims as a normal part of developing their discovery. It's nothing new or exotic and in some circumstances it's required by the SEC for publicly traded companies.
  11. clay

    Micrometeorite Find

    Are the white crystals dendritic magnetite? Nice photograph! Scanning?
  12. I've got two of the hardtops here. They are for sale. Rough ride but they will go anywhere except at speed on the freeway. More likely to go end over end than tip on their side so the soft top can be an adventure in a crash. Like Slim says the big thing to watch out for is rust. I has a friend lose the rusty body on his just going down the highway.