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About chrisski

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    Desert Prospecting, Drywashing, Recirculating, Detecting

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  1. I doubt they are valid claims. All the BLM does is file paperwork for a fee and bears no responsibility to check land status, ie on state trust land, or if the claim is already owned. You could put a claim over the capital building in Arizona and the BLM would enter it in their database. You could probably even record it in the county and have nothing said. Does not mean you can mine it. People will tell you the that the BLM is the final word, but that is completely wrong. I recently got permission from a well known member of the mining community, who does not post on this board nor does he post on the GPAA board, to prospect on an easy to get to claim to go with a friend who can't get around like he used to, but before we left we found out it was on state trust land. When I called the guy, he checked with his person who told him (completely wrong) that the claim was valid because the BLM filed it. Had we went to this easy to access claim that had a main road cut through it, we risked getting everything confiscated should the sherrif's department or some other enforcement agency go by. Also, I found a different set of invalid claims on state land along Castle Hot Springs road just south of where Mine road starts. Don't know if they are there, but abandoned. Quite a racket the BLM has. They are a fairly recent entry into the process of filing a claim. In the old days, like the 1980s, I'm told you just needed to file with the county, and then the BLM decided to collect money. Its a good deal. 100,000+ mining claims in the US states at $145 per 20 acres means millions in revenue for very little work and next to know responsibility and no enforcement authority. With that, there are some claims properly filed with the state, and I don't know if they show on mylandmatters. Those will show on AZland.gov with the proper overlay. To keep a claim on state land is not impossible, but not cheap, thousands of dollars and needs to go through the state, but worth it if it has good minerals. Also, if the claim on mylandmatters on state trust land has an AMC# listed, them it was filed with the BLM, and the AMC# means nothing. If its the same husband wife team I'm thinking of, they have hundreds of claims throughout Maricopa and Yavapai counties, so they can't possibly have been to them all, but that is a different issue. These are lessons I learned the hard way after teaching myself to file a claim. There's info on this forum about filing with the state and also if you google "filing a mining claim in Arizona on state trust land." procedures will pop up.
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    Before & After

    Thanks for sharing. I'm curious what your tailing piles would look like. Bill said in one of his lectures the processed dirt coming out of the dry washer tends to settle after two years, but the bigger rocks that never made it into the hopper, will stay piled for a long time. Really wish you guys would put out a book with your learnings and adventures. Need some younger blood injected in the prospecting activity.
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    November 9th -11th Fall Outing

    I've had a terrible time lately, not on this permit site, but with other sites. As my computer ages, I often have to go through three different browsers to get things working. I use explorer, edge, and chrome. Each one has its own peculiarities.
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    Lunar Meteorite Up For Bid.

    The Neil Armstrong family is auctioning his stuff: https://historical.ha.com/c/search-results.zx?N=49+793+794+792+2088+4294946297&Nty=1&Ntt="Armstrong+Family+Collection"&Ntk=SI_Titles-Desc&ic10=BidBuyTab-071515 Believe the auction closes on November 1st. Some items are priced for the average person to buy.
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    darn Elizabeth Warren !

    Military got rid of the shot air guns back in the 90's. I got the air gun shots in '88, but for some reason, they use needles for everyone now.
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    Be careful out there.

    Entering shafts, especially ones marked on a map is quite common. If you've hiked your way up to the area, there's a certain pull that wants you to go in. My last time I went detecting by the tailings piles at some shafts, I saw some rigging that some people used to enter a 45° shaft. A rotted 2 X 6 with a piece of Wal Mart rope going down into a hole. I'm actually surprised these mining accidents do not happen more often. The person that entered this shaft did leave a sample of green copper ore for me to look at. I totally agree with some protocol to enter those mines, and this guy showed an example of a protocol that could be improved quite a bit.
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    Quartz and Gold

    I found an area with a huge quarts outcropping within a couple miles of the LSD that was cut by a creek and was 20' tall and about 40' wide. I did not know it at the time, but it was an old mica mine. I spent a couple days detecting it and found nothing but scrap metal. The quarts had lots of 1" chunks of mica, but it was bleached white, totally opaque and not at all transparent, no vugs, heavily cracked and showed little to know mineralization. It is also out of the few square miles where most of the gold mines are in the area. There's a few mines in this particular area according to minedat that I found the big quarts, but they are either mica, copper, or feldspar. Second time I went back, I was actually seeing if it could be cut into things like countertops or lamps, but it was just too cracked.
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    High garde silver!

    If you bring it to a pawn shop, they may do XRF analysis. Even if it is silver, for me I would need it assayed at pounds per ton with a pretty long vein to make it profitable. The ore looks like a sample I took from an old, abandoned manganese test pit from the 1940s I took locally in central AZ. In my case, the report done back then said the manganese was not available in commercial quantities. This also looks like ore I'm told has gold locally, but have never found any when I crushed it, but I got a workout.
  9. All these years Science said things like the Ozone Layer in the Stratosphere many miles up in the air absorbs 99% of UV rays, but we go a mere 2 miles up from sea level and we burn pretty quickly. I wonder if the Ozone layer absorbs much less than that. Could it be that the Ozone layer absorbing 99% from many miles up is convenient talking point to get rid of CFCs?
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    Good point, sitting at the training range, first thing I'd hear is the bullets going overhead with the supersonic crack, then impacting the target, and then coming out of the airplane.
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    To give reference to how loud something has to be to be heard and in my mind how powerful these meteor explosions are: Thunder can be heard about one mile. Count the number of seconds, very rarely do you hear thunder from a flash of lightening more than 5 seconds (5 X 1100 feet away). Gunshots can be heard about as far as lightening. Further than a mile from the range, I don't really here the shots except for sometime in the early morning. At some point, you can no longer hear a jet flying, I don't know exactly how high, but I can't hear jets that are flying at 45k. I know I can hear jets faintly at 10 k. Can't hear a C-130 at ground level flying at 25k. Under normal circumstances, I could not here a mortar explosion a mile, but if the view was unobstructed, I could here from about 3 miles. Artillery was about 5 miles, perhaps more, I just never saw it form that far. A 500 LBS bomb I've hear from 10 miles away, others have reported 2000 LBS bombs at 35 miles away. Meteors tend to burn up in the Mesosphere (35 miles to 64 miles). I was watching a meteor storm from about 10,000 feet above sea level, and heard one hiss. If that did burn up in the mesosphere, I wonder how loud it really was, especially with no breathable air up there.
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    Rock sample from Albania

    There was a number of times in Okinawa and once in Korea I found ordinance left over from the war, mostly washed on shore after a storm. Once was a grenade encrusted in coral, artillery shells, I can only imagine what would have happened if I had a metal detector there. That whole island was shelled from sea and from land by both sides. That battle on Oki lasted about six months, even after the surrender there were skirmishes. Albania must have seen not only Word War I but World War 2, perhaps even the Napoleon invasions. IMO, merits an assay in oz per ton.
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    How come meteorites have such a low to the horizon trajectory? Those are the ones I see leaving long trails. Very rarely see one with a short trail. One at an angled trajectory would go through thousands of miles of atmosphere before hitting the earth, those coming straight at us would have a couple hundred miles tops. I really feel wet/dry washer lives in a different reality then the rest of us. When someone is like that, makes it hard to prove malicious intent on the sale of meteorites. I truly feel he believes 100% in the Patton Meteorites, so he is not lying, but in our reality bound by factual evidence and rules of physics, the event never happened.
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    Rock sample from Albania

    Getting an assay on the rock would be nice, even if he takes it to a pawn shop for XRF analysis. If the gold is significant, he could be on to something. I wonder about hunting Europe with metal detectors. I was on Okinawa for a number of years, and that whole island 75 miles by five miles was subject to the biggest invasion of World War II. Unexploded Ordnance was constantly being washed up. I saw a cross section of one, and the outside looked like it would not work, but the innards were uncorroded and perfect. I wonder who actually did the cross section. I wonder if Albania would be the same way. My ancestors are from Poland, and we never had to go far for culture, culture always came to my ancestors. Being the only flat piece of land to go from Asia to Europe, first the Mongols Going to Europe, then the French going to Russia, then the Germans going to Russia, and finally the Russians going to Europe. I'd just be very careful. Battle histories are interesting, but there were just too many in that area to be sure.
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    Sluice slick-plate?

    I don't use the sluice a lot in central AZ, but the last time I brought my sluice to the San Gabriel RIver, that is exactly what happened. The flare focused the material to the center of the sluice. It probably V'd in the first third, but then evened out more towards the bottom. More locally, the recirculating system I have I do not use it and the material is more evenly distributed. A lot of the flare really depends on the flow of the river. The few places I used my sluice required the flare just to get enough water moving to pour material over. Out East, we'd call a lot of the rivers in Arizona brooks. So, if the water flow allows the use of no flare, then I would go without the flare. Sometimes there's no choice.