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About chrisski

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    Desert Prospecting, Drywashing, Recirculating, Detecting

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  1. chrisski

    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.
  2. 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.
  5. chrisski

    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.
  8. chrisski

    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.
  9. chrisski

    Sluice slick-plate?

    Copy. Mine is covered with Ribbed Rubber matting. Before that, I do have an attachment to funnel the water into the sluice. In Phoenix, we rarely have water, and our Aqua Fria River, I diverted the entire flow of the river into the sluice and with the funnel, it had enough water. The correct terminology probably isn't funnel.
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    Sluice slick-plate?

    When you say slick plate, is that a punch plate on top of the sluice to help classify? Didn't think that's work real well on a river sluice. Thought it needed controlled water flow. I wanted to add that to my sluice, but never did.
  11. chrisski

    Sluice slick-plate?

    As far as pre classifying, the smaller you get, the more time it takes. Also, I'd get whatever Keene Sluice you want, and if you don't like it, you can tweak it with different style mattings for whatever works best for you and your area. The mattings are not terribly expensive. I have a Keene sluice with riffles, expanded metal, and carpet. I've changed the carpet that came with the Keene to ribbed rubber matting and even ran that without the Riffles. I also went to the ribbed matting only. The ribbed matting by itself was good for some sands that I had. If the material is glued to the surface of the sluice, it can still come off and your matting of choice be put down.
  12. chrisski

    Took a Hit

    Will they cover Fed Ex?
  13. chrisski

    Hurricane Coming To AZ

    The track has moved very little and will likely be a tropical depression (34-63 knot winds) located over Central Western AZ by Congress around 11 Tuesday. Time to tie stuff down. The storms we usually get probably have winds worst, but only for minutes, these winds will last many hours. A Hurricane wreaks havoc on Rocky point, Puerto Penasco Mexico about every twenty years like clockwork, and this may be it.
  14. chrisski

    Any prospecting supply stores in Tucson?

    Really don't think so. There's a couple in Phoenix where I live, but I've been to none of them: https://www.google.com/search?tbm=lcl&ei=prGvW9yJJY280PEPq_CPWA&q=gold+prospecting+store+near+Phoenix+AZ&oq=gold+prospecting+store+near+Phoenix+AZ&gs_l=psy-ab.3...17900.23620.0.24052.;si:;mv:!3m8!1m3!1d452174.89668973704!2d-112.07121871767577!3d33.66374596447475!3m2!1i1500!2i817!4f13.1&spf=1538240962685 May need to drive to Phoenix to go in a brick and Mortar store. If you go just outside the Phoenix Valley to Moriston, that is where Bill, the site sponsor, is located, but I don't know if its by appointment only or not. If you're serious about a detector purchase, going to a brick and mortar may be a better option because some stores can include training with the purchase of a decent detector. After the new year, the biggest semi - precious and collector stone sale is right there in Tucson, and I would be shocked if there were not vendors there.
  15. chrisski

    Gilaoro ???

    I bought a claim and equipment from him and went prospecting with him quite a few times until 2013. Its about that time he left prospecting. Last I heard, a few months ago (Early 2018?), he is around living in a retirement community in AZ. I do hope this finds him well and Happy Birthday Max.