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  1. Very cool. I love sciencey things. What do you do with the moon(s) you catch? Seems like they might have a commercial value - being rare and all. Also with the laws of conservation of energy doesn't the energy exchange wind up with lunar heating? Is the moon going to catch fire if everyone does this? (also cool)
  2. I've used these for years Tom. https://www.amazon.com/UltraFire-Flashlights-Adjustable-Tactical-Flashlight/dp/B07BDGD8KR Single mode on/off, bright, small, tough, waterproof and run forever on a single AAA. I've found about 1 in three of them have a weak cree 5 chip but at the price I just give the weak ones to children and keep the good ones for friends.
  3. Ah ... I misunderstood. Smelting is the process of heating ore to extract the free metals contained in those ores. I think you are not so much smelting as melting your gold. Is your intent to remove the other metals from your gold to make a 24K (pure) gold bar?
  4. Cuprite is an oxide of Copper Jim. The flame testing green shows the presence of copper. You can't convert an oxide of a metallic element to the pure element by heating it in air. That just oxidizes the mineral form being heated. Since Cuprite is already fully oxidized copper the best you can hope for from heating in air would be melted Cuprite - not copper metal. Cuprite melts at about 300 degrees higher than copper so heating the sample to red won't melt the Cuprite. More heat would be needed. To get metallic copper from Cuprite you will need to heat it to about 2,400 degrees F in a reducing atmosphere to free the copper from it's oxidized state. Lots more heat with no oxygen. Then you can extract copper from Cuprite or other copper oxides. That reducing atmosphere and heat and a fair amount of an appropriate flux should allow the copper prill to form on the bottom of the crucible. No flux and you end up with little copper prills trapped throughout the resulting slag. ___________________________________ Now for some pure speculation. What you have may not be Cuprite or a natural mineral. When copper sulfides are processed the basic process is to heat the ore in the presence of oxygen to convert the sulfide to an oxide. At that point you have created a copper oxide. That roasted and oxidized result is known as matte. To continue the processing to extract the copper the matte is heated further in a reducing atmosphere. The resulting product from reducing the matte is known as slag. Free copper will be found in little prills inside the slag mass if no appropriate flux was used in that last step. Now if the matte was created in a small batch with minimal heat control small portions of the inside of the matte can become oxygen deficient and be reduced to slag with the trapped copper prills intact. Mostly oxidized matte (no free copper) with some slag (free copper). Imagine a prospector was doing some quick roasting in the field for analysis and the oxidized matte produced was left behind after investigation. The copper in the matte would continue to convert to Azurite as it was exposed to the carbon dioxide in rain water. As you know this happens fairly quickly when copper rich minerals are left exposed on the surface. Far fetched? I've seen stranger things in mining areas and I'm sure you have also. Just a possibility to consider.
  5. Cuprite streaks metallic red - brown. Although Cuprite is dark red it often looks black or dark brown. Look with good magnification for dark red crystals in the matrix. My guess is Cuprite.
  6. Minerals seldom provide enough information from a picture for a positive identification. You may have to do some testing to get to a positive ID. It's looks like Calcite or one of the Calcite group maybe Siderite? I've seen a lot of calcite that formed that way. It's often carved and sold in Mexico as "honey onyx" even though it's a carbonate and unrelated to true onyx. If you live in an area that's predominately limestone it's probably Calcite. Here's a map of the limestone regions in the UK. To test to see if it's Calcite drop a small piece in vinegar and watch for little bubbles to form. Don't leave in there too long (overnight) or you will dissolve the rock if it's Calcite. If you don't get any bubbles try to scratch it with a knife. If it scratches but doesn't bubble try scratching it with a penny. If it scratches with a penny it's likely to be Selenite (gypsum). Selenite will slowly dissolve in room temperature water and the crystals will get cloudy.
  7. No worries Frank. I've got three good Ford Broncos I'm not using. I could sell you one for say ... $300? If you are interested I'll PM you an address where you can mail the cash.
  8. There is more to this than meets the eye. The cop and the guy he was killing both worked as bouncers for the same club for years just two blocks from the Third Precinct building. I don't know all the facts but the more I do understand the more it looks like bad blood and murder.
  9. Right spot wrong map. You are showing the mining claims map. Try using the Arizona Land Status Map I linked to in my previous post. That's the same sales site I posted Dave. Material sales are not mining claims. You can't locate a mining claim for sand, gravel or boulders - you have to purchase the material from the U.S. and pay for what you extract. Just go to the same spot on the Arizona Land Status Map map, turn on the information tool and click on the map. You will get a listing of all the land status information including links to the Serial Register page for that material sale. You will find that mineral material sale under the BLM Active Land Cases table item in the information result window that pops up when you use the information tool. Land Matters has maps that just show one aspect of land uses like Mining Claim Maps, Topo Map downloads, or the Meteorite Map. The new format Land Status maps are our attempt to provide all the land status issues at your point of click on the map - like material sales.
  10. I'm pretty sure that mining operation is one of the Custom Landscape Materials quarries. They sell boulders and decorative rock through their retail division West Valley Rock. I've bought several tons of gravel from them through the years. They buy the rock material from the BLM and pay them for the tonnage and type of rock they remove. They've been mining there since 2005 or so. You can see how much they mine and what they pay for it on the BLM Serial Register page for the material sale. As you can see there they put in a well. The guards/gates are to protect their considerable investment in on site mining equipment. You don't need "Clay" to answer these questions. The fine folks at Land Matters provide all the information and links to mineral ownership, claims, leases, sales, mining plans/notices and a lot more for Arizona on the Arizona Land Status Map. Just zoom into the area in question and click the button for more information.
  11. Roaring Camp California comes to mind. You might give them a call and see whether they are taking bookings.
  12. Tom you probably actually rode your horses. A lot of these "modern" horse folk don't ride them - that would be cruel. Fat out of shape bored horses. Fat out of shape poser owners. Not a happy horse or owner in the bunch. Price of hay goes over budget it's the horse that doesn't get a choice on what's for dinner. Besides in California if your horse dies you sue. Horse expense solved and another Toyota in the garage from the settlement money. The lawyer got a new Mercedes. Life is good. These particular blister beetles are known as Iron Cross Beetles. I don't think they bite or sting but they don't really need that sort of defense. They ooze cantharidin toxin out of their bodies when endangered. Cantharidin is deadly to humans and most animals. Just a tiny bit of this toxin, which is found throughout their bodies, is enough to start a strong toxic blister reaction. Pick one up and you will be swearing, crush one in your hand and you will probably be vomiting while you scream. You are probably old enough to remember Spanish Fly? That was made from a watered down version of dried blister beetle cantharidin toxin. Bad juju all the way 'round..
  13. Blister beetles kill a lot of livestock. Horses in particular are susceptible. Even just dried portions of the beetle's body can cause serious reactions and death. Southeast Arizona and the Sulfur Springs valley in particular are a hot spot for the blister beetle. When alfalfa hay got pricey about 10 years ago I stopped by a grower in Soldier's Hole and asked how he was selling his hay despite the beetle infestation. His response - California. Seems the price of hay was even higher there than in Arizona and desperate horse folk were willing to pay half price for bad hay. Eventually notices went up all over California warning about bad Arizona hay. Kinda screwed the pooch for responsible Arizona hay producers for quite a while. Sometimes you get what you pay for. A critical aspect of animal husbandry is knowing how to buy good feed. Most recreational horse owners just don't have the knowledge to inspect hay or even grain. Bag hay is about the only way to get around that lack of knowledge but man is that stuff pricey.
  14. Actually I'm busier than I ever have been. My workload has nearly doubled in the last two months. The mining industry is booming. Miners are a critical industry and metal prices are rising. It's a good time to be in the mining business. Sometimes a guy just needs a silly break from all the serious stuff. When I have time I check out the meteorite forum for a few chuckles.
  15. Well that sure explains a lot of things I've been wondering about. Things are really becoming much clearer now. Thanks! Just one more thing. Is it true they fed Mr. Ed peanut butter to get him to look like he was a talking horse? I've heard another theory that Wilbur was actually a Russian Commie spy that had trained Mr. Edski to speak Russian. That's why it looks like the talking horse is lip syncing because they had to dub in the English for TV. ...or it could be the peanut butter. Astroid spray huh? Who'd a thunk it? What's the social distancing recommendation for planet killing astroid meteorite spray? Wasn't Astroid originally the dog on the Jetsons? Oh right - it was Astro. Astroid was the daughter of Mr. Cogswell the owner of Cogswell's Cosmic Cogs. That was in the future but do you think they named Astroids after Mr. Cogswell's daughter? Just curious. I love science.
  16. So that's where they go when I flush... gives a whole new perspective to clingons.
  17. I think if you just adjust your point of view and forget about keeping the road "open" you will see your rights are intact. Here's an example:
  18. I never wrote that. Don't put words in my mouth Bob. Read what I posted and leave the speculation to the news channel. I gave you the exact current count for ICUs per Dineh hospital as they stood today. I gave you first hand information gathered on site over the last week from the people that work in these hospitals. Your own source says there are more than 2,000 natives that have tested positive. That's not 2,000 people that have become ill. People that test positive and aren't ill take up no hospital resources. As I posted earlier today: 172. Not 2000, not the ICUs are overflowing. 172 hospitalizations total in the State of New Mexico. Not all of those 172 patients are in ICU. You write well Bob. I enjoy your humor and you are a very clever guy. You tell a good tale. I hope you continue to entertain us with good stories here. I think you are an asset to this forum. I have only tried to share what information I know on this subject. I don't know everything, I'm just hoping to contribute. Some of the information I share is public and I have linked to that information so you can form your own opinions. Some of that information is only known to the people who work in these hospitals. None of this has been my opinion. I will now share my opinion since you are so eager for me to express an opinion that you attempted to give me one of your own making. Please work on your fact checking and logic and skip the drama when it comes to things like this that affect so many people. Working from facts will enable all the readers to form their own opinions about what those facts mean to them. Confusing the issue with TV numbers drama or forcefully repeated opinions disrespects the ability of others to make reasoned conclusions based on verifiable information. There - now you have my opinion. No need to make one up for me and put words in my mouth. Feel better?
  19. Those are not facts Bob. Those are news stories. If you had actually read the links I posted you would know that the New Mexico Department of Health stated on March 12 that they have more than 3,000 beds available for coronavirus patients. That was on March 12 - 50 days ago. It's not something they are just now working on. Chinle has 60 beds and 4 ICU. Tuba City has 73 beds and 16 ICU. Shiprock has 55 beds and 8 ICU. Gallup has 99 beds and 6 ICU. None of them have yet reached bed capacity. The biggest problem these Dineh hospitals have is under staffing. It's really hard to retain help when the pay sucks, it's hundreds of miles to a decent grocery, many of your patients speak a foreign language and government oversight and forms take up more than 20% of your workday. Not the kind of job most people work long term. If it sounds like I know something about the actual on the ground conditions it's because one of my boys services the hospitals in the southwest. He's in Tucson today, Phoenix on Monday and back to Albuquerque on Tuesday. He knows the people that work in these hospitals well. He has been visiting virtually empty hospitals for more than a month. In most hospitals 2/3rds of the staff have been laid off. They are not happy. He has yet to see any signs of overcrowding or even the volume of patients on a normal day before the lock downs began. The situation may be different elsewhere but currently in the Southwest there is no medical service crises except the lack of jobs with paychecks for trained, experienced medical personal.
  20. Facts ...again. Dam facts just keep getting in the way. The New Mexico Department of Health says the State has 3,000 beds available for coronavirus care. The New Mexico Department of Health says 1,000 of those coronavirus care beds are in Albuquerque but they can move resources around the State if needed. Currently (22 hours ago) there are 172 hospitalizations State wide for coronavirus. 3,000 beds reserved for 172 patients. After testing 67,869 people in New Mexico 3,411 have tested positive for exposure to the virus. That's 0.05% positive of all those tested. At capacity ... really?
  21. Yeah the swine flu vaccine was a nightmare. The cure was much worse than the disease. Anthrax is a bacteria so it's not really the same type of "vaccine" that would be developed for a virus. The anthrax vaccine produced 85% adverse reactions in the military. No vaccine has ever been developed for viruses in the SARS/MERS family the Covid - 19 infection comes from. In fact the previous SARS virus only lasted about one year in the wild so there has never been an opportunity to test a vaccine except in the lab. Even in the lab no effective SARS vaccine has been developed despite 20 years of research. I'm not going to be holding my breath for a vaccine. The odds are the virus will be extinct in the human population before any real vaccine progress will be made.
  22. Fact: France banned the online sale of nicotine patches after it was discovered that daily tobacco smokers had a very low incidence of Covid infection. They didn't really need to ban them, about 35% of the adult population smoke cigarettes daily and I'm pretty sure those patches would have been in short supply after people figured out they might help with immunity. From the study: Link to study: https://www.qeios.com/read/WPP19W.3 Similiar results were published in the New England Journal of Medicine (PDF) last month. It appears their study of the China infection rates also showed active cigarette smokers were much less likely to be infected. Now before you go all B.O.B. on me be aware I'm not promoting smoking, Nicotine or animal abuse. This is just one aspect of the facts being discovered about these SARS infection rates. Smokers, should they become symptomatic, are going to have a much harder course of any respiratory infection whether it be the many common HN flu viruses or one of the SARS/MERS viruses.
  23. Dang. I hope my order is still shipping. They charged the card already. It's going to look good with my new grillz with diamond inlays.
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