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Gaius last won the day on February 25 2014

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  1. It’s quite possible it’s natural pure copper, now for the “but part”. The only known natural pure copper in the US comes from Keweenaw area of the Michigan Upper Peninsula (UP). By “pure copper” I mean copper that does not require processing, you can us it right out of the ground. When the first European explorers entered the Michigan UP mid to late 1600’s one of the first things they notice were the mining pit and some 400+ years later they still don’t know who dug the mining pits. By 1600’s these pits apparently had already been there a good number of years. During the 1800’s westward expansion, they found the Plains Indians with copper tools and weapon the Indians had been using for generations. There was only one place these copper tools and weapons could have come from and that was Keweenaw area of the Michigan UP. For the most part I think the copper mining finally stop sometime after WWII. Dilly Dilly
  2. While I was in my 50’s had a PSA of 7 at 70+ or older that’s may not be too bad but at 50 that was consider worrisome enough for a biopsy. Biopsies are not fun but I snoozed better at night knowing I had no caner. So if possible do the biopsy and be sure. Rolling the clock forward 20+ years my 2015 PSA came back 23, my cancer score was 8 out of 10 that’s very, very worrisome (I was in serious trouble). Thanks to a good team of doctors as of April 2016 my PSA is now 0.138 but I have 4+ years to go before I’m consider cured of cancer. Let me know if you have more questions and If you would like we can get together somewhere. I currently give in Lakewood, CA. and maybe we can work something out. Chuck AI6OZ (was KG6SYX)
  3. From what I've read its more of a short sluice box, but I suppose it could also be a rocker box without the rocking action.
  4. Fox News Archaeology (11/24/2014) - Aerial laser discovers ancient Roman gold mines Researchers in Spain have used sophisticated aerial laser technology to confirm the existence of ancient Roman gold mines. The team from the University of Salamanca discovered the mines in the province of León in northwestern Spain, according to ScienceDaily. The researchers used an airborne laser technology called Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) to locate the mine complex, which was built 2,000 years ago. Full Story - http://www.foxnews.com/science/2014/11/24/aerial-laser-discovers-ancient-roman-gold-mines/
  5. BBC News Business/The Technology of Business , 31 Oct 2014 - Meet the metal detectorists saving marriagesIt's 09:00 on a cold, wintry Sunday morning and a strong wind is blasting across a recently ploughed farmer's field. We are somewhere down a beaten track on the Purbeck clifftops along the UK's south coast. The landscape is deserted, with the exception of one determined man with his metal detector… and me. Flying instructor Richard Higham is a treasure-hunter in his spare time, and he is convinced this particular field is a "hotspot" for relics from the past. He points out the visual clues which suggest somebody once called this deserted, exposed spot their home. Burial mounds, pottery shards, flint and overgrown but still distinctive stripes along the slopes of the landscape - the remainder of an ancient farming method. His metal detector - a middle-of-the-range model compete with GPS - goes on and we begin our march, hunched into the wind. Story at - http://www.bbc.com/news/business-29800160
  6. I've run into bees outside of Barstow, CA looking for water that were not Africanized Bee's and there were so many had to leave the area. I ask BLM about this and said there been one known case of Africanized Bee's around the Newberry/Roman Mtn areas but not in a number of years. So what you may have seen was our normal honey bees looking for water. But still a good reason to leave.
  7. An friend working for a Texas Fire Department said - "Should have used soapy water, it clogs there breathing mechanism and they die in less than a minute. We train for a swarm response, we utilize Class B foam at a 6% solution and a full fog pattern on the nozzle."
  8. The Barstow, CA area in general has been known for producing gold in fact there are a very large number of claims north and south of Barstow; now for the "but part". The only known true placer producing mine was Camp Rock just south of I-40 and east of Barstow. Based on Riches to Rush by Eric Twitty and Gold Districts of California, Bulletin 193 all the other mining activities have been chasing flour or flake gold and this includes the 1860"s thru 1930's old timers. Because I found so little black sand about 12 inches down this time out I did not dig down to bedrock.
  9. As a rule I metal detect first and based on what my detector tells me I use my dry washer, mainly in washes and base of hills; no hard rock mining. The geology map indicate I'm in the right geological timeframe (Mesozoic [grMZ]) plus there is at least one fault running thru the claim. I have Google earth and at times it's a bit difficult to see the color change from one location to another.
  10. My last prospecting trip out I was sure I had the spotting possible gold locations process down however there is something, other than no gold, I'm missing. I felt my desert clues (listed below) indicated I was a good area with only red dirt and pyrite missing. There was quartz all over the area with red stains from iron which I would have thought answered the mail for iron/red dirt. Also there was granite, other minerals, and plants indicating a good mineral rich soil. But there was also low volume of black sand and it's occurrence was patchy. I sampled the top 6 inches in a couple of areas and got more black sand than I knew what to do with, next 6 inches below the first 6 inches very little. The only deltas I can think of would be I need to do a better job of identifying the specific areas for sampling, how much time I spend sampling, how I sample or maybe something else. So if anyone has any!! suggestions about working possible gold locations please past them along. Losing really blows. Desert Clues: Are There Any Evidence of fault lines Inaccessible or somewhat challenging locations to reach Caliche Layers especially within the more challenging areas to reach Watch for pocket, cracks, generally a base that gold rest on Hills, slopes, etc above washes may form residual placer deposits Depressions, gullies, wash veins, bolder obstruction, or water falls Rock slides near old streambeds, washes, gullies or drainages Contacts between different rock types, cavities, porous rocks, bed rock areas Deformed fractures rock and folds of fault zones Granite traps can be good gold holding types of bedrock Exposed bedrock, narrow fissures and cracks Indications where flash floods have been focused Narrow ravines and waterways which Focused the water movement Widen out - watch for gravel bars Check gravel terraces a few feet above the creek Iron rich red dirt and/or nice red quartz, faults and fractures intersect rocks Been know to mix with quartz, dirt maybe also be blackish red Ant hills and/or gopher holes they dig everything up Trumpet plants, Black Sand (large flakes best) Use metal pan with magnet to check for black sand, lager the flakes the better Trumpet's grow in very high mineralize soil With Trumpet's may find rich red dirt, mineral concentrated area Horsetails Plants Have a strong affinity for gold bearing areas Watch for clumps growing maybe on top or gold rich areas An arrangement of branches in a circle around the stem May have ribbed and hollow stems Obvious depressions Pyrite & Granite (light colored rocks, grains large enough to be visible, colors vary
  11. Some people have all the fun - Yahoo News 10/13/2014: 1000-year old Viking treasure hoard found in ScotlandLONDON (Reuters) - A hoard of Viking gold and silver artifacts dating back over 1,000 years has been discovered by a treasure hunter with a metal detector in Scotland, in a find hailed by experts as one of the country's most significant. Derek McLennan, a retired businessman, uncovered the 100 items in a field in Dumfriesshire, southwest Scotland, in September. Full Story - http://news.yahoo.com/1000-old-viking-treasure-hoard-found-scotland-111420299.html
  12. During the year I post any number of safety related items on several forums that hopefully make our prospecting efforts a little safer and fun. The only drawback is it’s a bit time consuming to work all the forums and in some cases post repetitive stories which can be annoying. What I'm going to ask is for folks who are interested safety related items that hopefully apply to prospecting at least most of the time is to check the Route 66 Gold Miners Club Forum, Safety Suggestions (http://route66goldminersclub.com/forum/index.php). Currently there are 28 topics posted covering killer beers, cold weather safety, stress and pet care, valley fever, some general prospecting safety guidelines, and other topics. Hopefully this will not be a major inconvenience. Cheers, Beers, & Gold Chuck KG6SYX
  13. Pictures Only From BBC News In Pictures: Guinea's Artisanal Gold Miners - http://www.bbc.com/news/in-pictures-29410298 Cheers, Beers, & Gold Chuck KG6SYX
  14. Seems to me when they have discoveries like these Roman coins in the UK the museums have first shot at buying the coins, or what ever that discovery is. Either all or most of the monies used to buy the coins goes to the individual making the discovery plus the person who own the land the discovery was made on. The down side is there may not be much, if any, money available to buy discoveries like these Roman coins.
  15. BBC News Today - Devon treasure hunter discovers 22,000 Roman coins A treasure hunter from Devon has discovered the biggest hoard of 4th century Roman coins recorded in Britain. Laurence Egerton, a builder, took up metal detecting seven years ago and found 22,000 Roman coins dating from AD260 to AD348.Source - http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-29399437 Cheers, Beer, & Gold Chuck KG6SYX
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