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  1. Electrician—I have not checked to see if these have disappeared. Here’s a couple of things I’ve noticed from other publicly available govt records. When the BLM upgraded their website, a lot of the older records disappeared, but most I looked for reappeared after they fixed it. Some though, like the travel management plan for the Hassunyumpa (BLM Roadmap by WIckenburg), never reappeared and have disappeared from Google. I suppose among the millions of records and entries the BLN maintain public ally, some disappeared from the database during this server upgrade. The
  2. Can you share the amperage of the motor? Seems like anything that size spinning that qiuick with a coupe shovels of dirts would go through a car battery pretty quick. Also, how about a pic of some cleanups, or even a video of a few pieces of lead shot or BBs mixed in to test the recovery rate.
  3. A couple of years ago, an area I’d been prospecting gold for and found none, around an old test tunnel that I think was dig for manganese was later claimed for lithium. Still no mining activity there, but perhaps it’s a legit claim. Things other than gold are out there. Nearly all out there are just impossible to develop by a small miner, so most of us do not know what to look for.
  4. You may have found this by now, but here’s symbols https://pubs.usgs.gov/gip/TopographicMapSymbols/topomapsymbols.pdf You may have also noticed, but the type of symbols you mentioned like adits and tunnels have been removed from the latest USGS maps, so you need to use older maps. I like the ones from the 70s and older. At least you can download them for free from the USGS store. Occasionally I find a good special map.
  5. A few ways to do this. Mylandmatters.org or land.az.gov is another. http://gis.azland.gov/webapps/parcel/?loc=-112.3674,33.8342,10&layers=3,1,0 Both you turn on layers to see if its private property or BLM. My land matters is a little better because there’s more layers to turn on. THere’s some public lands that are no go for prospecting like national monuments and wilderness areas, and that site displays it.
  6. I did buy a claim. Certainly has not paid for itself. I have found more than a gram? Yes, but consistently, no. Enough on this claim to make it worth going back each time I head out? No. Enough gold on this claim to make me think I’m on to something because it has potential? Yes.
  7. No. Uses places like RRPC to learn how to mine then go prospecting for a claim of your own. But don’t think you’ll get one to two grams a day consistently off your claim. In the whole state of Arizona there’s perhaps five people earning their living consistently off small time mining. Don’t think you’ll be #6. The Simple gold was found by the Spanish and early prospectors from when Arizona was just a territory. Pauline Weaver discovering huge gold nuggets on rich hill and the nearby potato patch with gold nuggets that size. After that, the easy gold was cleaned up over the n
  8. Red Desert—if you have a location, I think the area you’re talking about is on the south portion of the Superstition mt and I may be there at the end of this month and would be interested in getting recent pics. Honestly though, looks like natural weathering to me. Also, if it were a carving, the chipped stones would still be at the bottom of the hill. At least the 100+ year old mines I’ve been to around here have very obvious tailings at the where they were moved just enough to dump them. Spanish workings whether mines or carvings are not that much older. I know I would actua
  9. I’d heard about gold that hides in the drainage pipes that run under the road. I paid to get access to a claim in a gold producing area, and that drainage pipe I was hoping to remove material from under that road was clean as a whistle, so apparently that technique is not a secret. Don’t know if it’s a productive technique, but seemed popular technique.
  10. In Arizona, I was surprised where there’s BOR land. Not necessarily right next to the dams. I think some of the land further away is watershed area.
  11. I see nothing that looks like gold in those pics. I see some mustard color staining in the quartz which is quite common in AZ. If you’re up for some exercise, get a mortar and pestle and start crushing, and then pan the sand. If there’s gold in there, it’ll show up.
  12. A lot of google will help. Breccia is a sedimentary rock, where sharp rocks are enclosed in a natural concretion. Brecciated quartz would mean the type of rock inside the breccia is quartz and is sharp and angled. I see plenty of breccia type rock in the south west, but did not see it when I lived in sandy Florida, or the Northeast where the geological history was glacial. With faulting that means when you're chipping away at the vein, at some point it faulted, like an earthquake and it slid somewhere else. You could have been on to a rich vein, and its still out there, but you d
  13. Welcome. I am a GPAA member also. I went to camp Stranton a few weeks ago, the LDMA, kind of like an upgraded GPAA membership. Pretty decent campground in gold country. THey’vw got a few other properties throughout the states. Some of the people there bounce between campgrounds living the RV dream.
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