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Saul R W

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  1. That's exactly what I've been saying all along.
  2. Pretty darned nice of you, Rocky. Generosity is rarer than meteorites.
  3. Well, gee, it doesn't appear to be cinnabar if it scratches fluorite. Thanks for that test, Jcervay.
  4. I was thinking it's similar to a thick layer of caliche in Israel, in Hevron and G'lil. Just like gold settles down up top of caliche in the Southwest, in the Middle East it is coins and Bronze and Iron Age relics (maybe heavy varieties of meteroites, too?) that settle down on top of that caliche. In hill country, that layer is cut by wadis (gulches), and you can also see older caliche layers from earlier climate cycles in the column.
  5. Richard Feynman was a genius with the common touch who motivated several generations of amateur and professional deep thinkers. One of my cousins considered the spaghetti problem while designing an improved precast concrete beam that's now used in bridge construction all over the world. Of course, he didn't solve the spaghetti breakage equation, but he did use Feynman's experiment as a place to start -- he described his mental process as "curing the problem without understanding it."
  6. I don't know very much about the geology on your end of the continent, Rocky, but in Y.T. there are numerous magma-driven breccia zones that are all lumped together under the name Wernecke, some of which contain gold, copper, uranium and other goodies. There are similar breccias in Alaska. Sitting right under my house up there (my mom lives in it now) is part of a mud breccia zone with high gold content, but it's too deep at that part of the valley to be mined profitably, and also there are issues with mineral rights due to Jimmy Carter and ANILCA, but that's another story. I did find a lens of gravel containing river rocks made up of gold-bearing conglomerate, though. I discovered it while digging a borrow pit for gravel for building pad and road material (my youngest daughter found the first piece of gold in a rock that also contained a couple of nice fossils while I was spreading rock on the road with my handy dandy Mezoproterozoic trackhoe). I'm not positive, but I would guess there must be multiple breccias north of you. They can be highly individual in looks and content. Someone smarter than me, one of our resident geo-geniuses, might be able to identify where your rock came from just from its appearance.
  7. Your breccia really is a pretty piece, Rocky. A whole bunch of those would make for some fantastic stone work around the house. Did you find it in an area where it might have been transported down from Canada via ice?
  8. Ha! Maybe there's a complete set, uppers and lowers.
  9. It loads right to Bob's fine-looking dry washer for me. You have to wait for a minute as it sort of loads past the store to that page, and not click anything while you're waiting. I tried earlier and now again, and it works okay as long as I wait for the photos to load.
  10. I/we should stop before I/we destroy a thread about a unique and beautiful nugget. But yeah, Prez One's teeth needed maintenance -- nothing a cup of Clorox wouldn't fix.
  11. It looks a whole bunch better than some of the teeth Washington wore.
  12. Wow. It's a thing of beauty, I tell you. Who knew a village wag could have such skill? I love the sound of those wooden puffers. Just the look of one brings back some great memories (and somehow, the work involved getting gold with one of those things doesn't seem so bad after 40 years). The use of modern materials in a few strategic wear points doesn't take away from the classic look of the thing. I'm impressed, and will special order one when I get out to that end of the country (I refuse to ship anything east, only to carry it west again on my back in three months). Very, very nice, Bob, and Bill, It's great to see a business that supports desert craftsmen.
  13. And, seemingly, it also makes hod carriers.
  14. That's true of all of us. There's no end to new knowledge once a fellow starts digging.
  15. I'm just about wordless at this stage. Wodu Bob, on the other hand, seems to own a fountain of wag wisdom that never runs dry. How he manages that out in the desert, I dunno.
  16. Howdy, Greg. I've been wondering where you've been. Looks like an outer layer either rotted off or was cracked off when two stones suffered impact in a creek bed.
  17. Beautiful specimen. It reminds me of a mammoth tooth with gold fillings.
  18. Back in the day, there was a three-piece multitool of sorts sold for Willy's and other vehicles. It was used for hand cranking the engine and as a tire lug wrench and split-rim tool. The first part was the actual engine crank end. Then there was the lug wrench/split rim tool, similar to what's shown in this thread, which also served as an extension piece for the engine crank. And then there was the actual bent handle piece. They all fit in a canvas pouch. I tried to Google the tool I'm thinking of, but only found a two-piece Willy's engine hand crank, not the three piece tool. Maybe I'm remembering something that didn't exist. It's happened before.
  19. Those are some great old photos. The first pic in the thread looks as if the guy has dug up the village sidewalk to find gold. I bet the neighbors loved him.
  20. Those achondroplasic Irish crystals with bad complexion don't appear to be quartz to me, and for the same reasons mentioned above. The striations make me think a fibrous hematite.
  21. Jimale would walk right past it, or use it as a brick.
  22. There must be a good story and a ton of hard work and a lot of miles under your feet looking for that one.
  23. That was a good day. Nice finds, including the G. agassizii.
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