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  1. "The big glob of lead looking stuff, is I think linotype? It's harder than lead" Might be Antimony . . .
  2. Interesting artifacts and misc. mystery metal collection you guys got there. If you get tired of waiting for the grass and weeds to die off, you might try using a manageable piece of plexiglass or plywood to help get your coils closer to to the ground. Might not hurt to have a hand held pin pointer to (cautiously), poke around in the rocks with. Good luck!
  3. At least for a change, this one wasn't about a meteorite . . .
  4. "Confirmation bias, the tendency to process information by looking for, or interpreting, information that is consistent with one’s existing beliefs. People are especially likely to process information to support their own beliefs when the issue is highly important or self-relevant. Confirmation bias is one example of how humans sometimes process information in an illogical, biased manner. Many factors of which people are unaware can influence information processing. Philosophers note that humans have difficulty processing information in a rational, unbiased manner once they have developed an opinion about the issue, or when having a vested interest"
  5. A song to listen to in the desert at night. Crystal Gayle was a fan and admirer of Art Bell and Coast To Coast AM, an immensely popular overnight talk show. She wrote this song for him.
  6. On the one I saw, the larger screen was a heavy duty non-flexible grate type classifier that was on top. It deflected the larger rocks and gravel and allowed the smaller stones and dirt to drop down onto a second screen. Anything smaller than about a inch in size passed through to the sluice box. The screen in the photo looks like maybe someone was trying to make do with what they had, or the screen might have been used just to help somehow contain and guide the load onto a truck.
  7. I vote for the small piece of lead. Maybe the size of a .22 bullet cut in half for starters or whatever your detector will hear at 3-5 inches. If it's small enough and not too flat, it should give a softer signal than the iron trash that you posted. If you do decide to buy a test nugget, make sure you glue it to a poker chip or secure it in some fashion so you don't lose it.
  8. When digging all signals, the average beginning nugget hunter will dig, maybe hundreds of trash targets before finding gold, (so they say) Hopefully, at some point you will be able to pick up on a slightly different - softer or harsher) sound between small iron and gold depending on what detector you are using.
  9. Due to lack of nearby water, I'm guessing it was a shaker operation of some sort. Could have been hooked up to a gas generated conveyor belt and fed into a trommel or any number of other configurations, including using a front loader or whatever was used to feed the hopper with. It's hard to say really. Part of the fun of travelling the outback in gold country is seeing all of the hand made gold recovery mechanisms that people come up with. I was driving along a unimproved backroad in far Northern Calif. one day and ran into one old timer that had built a 2-story, 40 ft long combination belt-fed gold recovery machine consisting of a hopper (similar size to the one in your pic), which screened onto a conveyor belt, that fed into a long tom sluice box water washed recovery system. He had it fine tuned and running like a top. Very impressive. He lived off the grid next to a creek and had a good producing claim right next to it. He installed propane or natural gas heating and lighting , water heater, shower etc, and all the comforts of home in a nice house that he had built himself. He invited me to stay and detect his "diggings", which was a 10' deep X 50' wide pit that he drove his skip loader down into and had been scraping a pay layer off of bedrock. Turns out the man had been a construction foreman some years back down in the central San Joaquin valley and doing well except he had a serious drinking, (until he blacked out problem) When he got his 9th DUI arrest, he lost his driver's license, lost his job and his wife kicked him out, so he went to the mountains and promised to quit drinking. He was on probation with his wife and she visited him every couple of weeks to check on him and bring him groceries and a newspaper. She just happened to drive up while we were talking and they invited me to stay for dinner and tell them how metal detectors worked since they didn't know anything about them and were quite interested. During the conversation over coffee, I noticed a glass sugar shaker sitting on the table 2/3 full of good sized nuggets which had come from his claim. The next morning his wife and I went into the pit and detected for a couple of hours. I let her use my Minelab XT-18000 and I was using a GB-2. Neither one of us found any gold. I detected a few steel shavings where the mostly smooth bedrock had been cut into, but that was it. The man thanked me and was happy and smiling when he found out the results, since what he had wanted to know was how much gold he had been missing. Apparently none.
  10. Looks kinda like an oversized hopper and a classification screen.
  11. It didn't sound like complaining to me. It reminded me of what just about every newcomer to metal detecting for gold goes through, one way or another. As has been repeatedly stated, it is common for one of the biggest hurdles that everyone faces is in someway related to lack of confidence. Am I doing this right? Do I have the right detector? Am I looking in the right places? The list of doubts can be almost endless. Self doubt is the worst. Disappointment is one thing but discouragement is quite another. Being discouraged is one of the major walls you may hit. And it can be a nose dive that many don't pull out of. So rest assured, your circumstances don't seem to differ much from most of the rest of us when we first started. It's also common to not have much if any, guidance or assistance in showing you the ropes. There are ways to overcome that. I would highly recommend that you read and study the archival posts on this forum and the other main gold prospecting forums and also find one in your area where you might be able to connect with a hunting buddy who has some experience. After you do your research and scouting of a promising area, for example: (old inactive, unclaimed mining areas or diggings where gold has been found in the past) you might consider contacting a club or forum member who has some experience and propose an outing. You can learn a lot by watching other nugget hunters work.
  12. You are so right! Fishing and Hunting teaches patience for sure, and technique. Prospecting is a lot like that. Trying to figure out where to go, what to look for. The "signs" that you learn to read, gradually reduces that feeling of being overwhelmed. I went out nugget hunting with a newby guy not too long ago and after we got to a good spot with geological indicators all over the place he looked around and said, "Gee it's all so random" We were standing in in the middle of a contact zone with small pieces of gnarly rusty quartz laying on top of a red soil layer 20 feet across, and a few feet away in the side of a wash was a foot wide vertical igneous slab of intrusive rock with triangular shaped rock pieces scattered around the base. I finally spotted the claim marker high up on the side of the ridge so we didn't detect but it was a good place to discuss gold indicators and to stress the importance of being able to read "sign" As a kid, while out with my Dad deer hunting, he would stress looking for fresh sign; mostly tracks and pellets. He would say, "If the signs are there, the deer are there, so don't just look for a deer, closely observe and study each bush and hiding place for an ear twitch or a slight color pattern that may faintly stand out, and other subtleties which can give away a deer's hiding place. He also insisted, If the signs are there and you are not seeing any, you're missing them. Believe in the fact that they are there, SLOW DOWN AND HUNT" Once you start picking up the "signs" you should notice a big boost in confidence. Then it becomes much less overwhelming, and more of a matter of finding the hiding places.
  13. Well, of course when you are new at the game, "The Grass is always Greener" and at some time or another, most of us have "Left Gold to Find Gold" but eventually learned better. That frozen ground thing however, is a good reason to try other places . . . Nevada for sure, and don't forget Arizona. If you are not yet into Geology of the Origination and Deposition of Gold, you might consider learning as much as you can about gold indicators. I found it to be a big confidence builder that helps keep you motivated in your search, and believing in your ability to find gold. Like in the words of the old folk song from the 60's, " You've got to Prime the Pump, You must have Faith and Believe" If you keep at it, the learning curve will ultimately cross paths with your persistent efforts and you will see results. I have no doubts about it.
  14. Hey Brown, As you may already know, a few of the guys in the WPA club has found some good gold on the club claims, and in the general vicinity. I was a club member and last up there several months ago for a few days. I was hunting with a guy who found a half oz specie about 4" deep on the top of a 10-15 ft tall pile at a dredge tailing pile in Big Atlantic Gulch. If you have the club claim maps it's the Bridge Buster claim. There's a lot of tailing piles from that point North that look unworked and somewhat difficult to access due to thick brush and beaver ponds, but I'm told that they have been relatively untouched since the time of the war order shut down in 1942. Might be worth checking out. Here's a pic of a nugget I found at 6" in a smaller tailing pile a few years back in Crow's Nest Gulch (GPS Coords: 42.5032901-108.6356649) When I was there more recently, a few tailings piles still hadn't been worked or not raked down at least. You might want to take a look and give it a try. Also attached is a pic of some glacer nuggets taken off of a ranch property East of Crows Nest in a non-mineralized area. Mac -
  15. I'm surprised that we get to see as many photos of gold as we do, especially pics of larger more valuable nuggets and specimens. The desire for secrecy, and confidentiality to avoid tax liability, among other things, (alimony etc.), cause some people to be extremely cautious about publicity. And rightfully so IMO.
  16. "Man Walks Among Us" Marty Robbins Take On "Land Matters" Warm are the winds on the desert, A whirlwind is dancing around, I stop to survey all the beauty that's here When a shadow moves out 'cross the ground. It's an eagle that circles above me, And he screams to his friends on the hill: "Stay close together, move not a feather Man walks among us, be still, be still, Man walks among us, be still" Everything hides, but I see them, I've spotted an old mother quail, I look close and see, looking right back at me The eyes of a young cottontail. I see a coyote sneaking As he crawls through the brush on the hill, And the eagle screams down, "Stay close to the ground, Man walks among us, be still, be still, Man walks among us, be still." Twenty feet high in the side of a cactus, I see a hole where the butcher bird stays,If mortals could choose, and if heaven should ask us, Here's where I'd want to spend all of my days. Soon will be gone all the desert, Cities will cover each hill Today will just be a fond memory, Man walks among us, be still, be still. Man walks among us, be . . . still.
  17. https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/gold-treasure-trove-found-denmark-vindelev-1234603053/ https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/rare-1500-year-old-pendants-found-in-norse-ritual-hoard-1234592171/
  18. Dog gone it Mike, You'll be taking all the prestige out of that scratchy, AZ Pin Striping look!
  19. Good choice! Start saving for a PI. The learning curve you're on will likely take you there eventually. Maybe sooner than you think.
  20. I may be sticking my neck out a little but I don't look at the GM 1000 as an entry level detector although I know that many folks have started out that way. I don't own one and haven't used one, but I have hunted with several guys that used them. They are gold getters without a doubt. But, I have only seen them used in conjunction with a PI or as a choice of alternative detectors to nugget hunt with, not as a solitary unit. It is often said that a single detector is a tool in the tool box that fills a niche for a specific purpose and at certain locations, not all. I have found that to be pretty much the case. IMO, the problem(s) that you most likely will run into in AZ while detecting for gold will be dealing with mineralization (hot ground), hot rocks, and, as you mentioned, perhaps, ground balance. You might consider a good used PI which, in general, could go a long way in solving these issues for you. Until I started using the Equinox, I found more old coins and relics by far with a PI, since that what I usually was hunting gold with.
  21. . . . hope it's a jackpot!
  22. There's got to be. And in places you might least expect . . . (Jungo's still a comparative sleeper I believe) I remember Dick Bailey telling me several times that most big gold hunters in the Eugene's concentrated on detecting too high on the slope. His find was way lower down than I would have thought. AZ Nugget Bob said that T-Bone's nugget was 10 feet off the road! (which kind of matches Bud Young's version, that they were detecting a couple of hundred yards from their truck when it started to sprinkle rain. T-Bone was jogging along back to the vehicle while swinging his coil when he got a booming hit that he expected to be a coke can or something similar) The nugget was flat and shallow, only a few inches down. Smokey Baird said he found a 6 oz nugget right on top of the ground with just a thin layer of dust covering it! He found it in the sagebrush flats by the side of a jeep trail when he stopped to take a leak! I am definitely convinced that, if there is life on other planets with all that random vastness and open space, surely there still has to be a few lunkers and nugget patches waiting to be discovered in the vastness of Pershing and Humboldt counties.
  23. Outstanding Slim! I just knew we would draw you in eventually . . .
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