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Everything posted by d_day

  1. Basalt. It's an iron rich mineral, hence the attraction to the magnet.
  2. I'm with Haderly on this. Looks like an ordinary piece of gneiss.
  3. Yep, a gypsum rose. Baryte and selenite also have rose formations but form in a different pattern.
  4. My money's on agate. There's lots of agate around Lake Superior. Most of it is red in color due to iron content but white and grey are also known to exist in the area.
  5. I think that's a picture of blueberry muffin mix.
  6. Fantastic specimen. I hate working malachite. So dirty.
  7. My grist thought was concrete as well. Of course it would help if you scrubbed all that dirt off.
  8. 5 does look like it might be vanadinite. But it also looks like it might be realgar or pararrealgar. No clue on the others.
  9. Thanks for the link Saginaw. That is excellent news.
  10. Just got done reading about that. Pretty interesting, but nothing conclusive yet.
  11. I don't see any evidence of platinum silver or gold in the first one. Like Haderly said, looks like gneiss. Also agree with Haderly on the second one. The shiny bits I see in the photo look like mica. Being that you found it at a gold mine, there's a chance it could contain gold, but the only real way to find out would be to send off to be assayed.
  12. Left looks like galena to me. Right might be wood, but I think it's a fairly common jaspagate.
  13. Crusty, there may be a rock club near you that can cut it for you or help you cut it yourself. You'd probably have to pay a shop fee and a fee for the cut, but it would probably be much cheaper than than having a commercial shop do it.
  14. Chris, there are two clubs here in SoCal that I know of, and both have good claims. There is the PCSC which stands for prospectors club of southern California, and the high desert gold diggers. Those two clubs have a deal where they have access to the others claims. I've been a member of PCSC a couple of times through the years. It's been a good experience, and they're great guys & gals.
  15. Color looks like it might be chrysocolla, but chrysocolla is pretty soft stuff. 2.5 to 3.5 on the Mohs scale.
  16. When I replied I thought you were talking about the images on google earth being blacked out. I realized what you meant later. I've always wanted to go back in and take a few pictures of Snoopy.
  17. How odd. They still show up on google maps. Once I get to a PC I'll get you some links.
  18. Lots of planes on the ground around Edwards AFB including a B-52 in pieces, a B-58, and a B-50. I believe most were used for testing spy satellites.
  19. The verdict on the homicides would be the same regardless, not guilty. However, the additional charge of carrying a concealed weapon (a misdemeanor for a first time offense) would get a guilty verdict.
  20. California's "may issue" CCW policy has been struck down. Under the may issue policy, local law enforcement decided if CCW permits would be issued, and could discriminate against one person or all people on a whim. This has been deemed unconstitutional and will now be replaced with a "shall issue" policy. That means as long as you meet minimum requirements (no convictions, firearm proficiency, etc.) you can get a permit to carry a concealed firearm. http://blog.joehuffman.org/2014/02/13/may-issue-ccw-struck-down-in-california/
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