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  1. So i guess im coming into this a little late. Little back ground on myself i went to college for geology and i am in the process of obtaining my professional geologist license. A few things that have stood out to me in Odin's description of the sample: You say the rock is sandstone and has small olivine crystals in it, and that the size of the olivine indicates a possible martian origin. If it is sandstone then the olivine crystals got there through erosion from a source and hence the size of them would mean nothing since they have been eroded. Olivine on earth ca
  2. Aufinder777 - The boulder is made of meta-rhyolite. Part of the reason this spot seems possibly right for big nuggets is the geology, there is a lense of meta-rhyolite that is within the surrounding slate/phyllite. So bedrock in the 2 square feet that i exposed was made of phyllite, meta-rhyolite and a quartz vein between them and some quartz stringers in the phyllite. The meta-rhyolite is more resistant then the phyllite so it forms large boulders and most likely a ledge that cuts perpendicular across the creek. So even if it isnt producing the gold, it should be a great catc
  3. Thanks! And i guess i need to talk louder, i didnt notice the sound issue when i was putting the video together. The propane heater works well, and its much better then the exhaust heater that i bought, that thing never produced enough heat to keep me warm. Yes i got down to bedrock and cleared maybe 2 square feet of it. The last pan in the video is from the day, which was about 3 hours of dredging, came to be just under a half gram. This area definitely hold promise and ive dredged there one other time this year and did pretty well, just a lot of area to cover with a small dredge.
  4. After much research and mapping, I believe I have narrowed down the area where the old timers found ounce sized nuggets back when my creek was actively being mined. Two areas in the creek fit the description. I had to piece together info from multiple reports and geologic descriptions, then use property boundaries, court house, records, geologic maps, lidar maps and lots of hiking and scouting to find these two areas seem to match. Only time and lots of dredging will tell if i got it right or not. Hope you all enjoy the video and stay tuned for more.
  5. Finally go the video finished of comparing equinox 800 to the gold monster 1000 on in-situ targets in the field. This is my no mean the comprehensive review as im sure the settings on the equinox could be tweaked more produce even better results. But from what i saw on my ground they were vary evenly matched. The gold monster seemed to pop a little harder on the targets, but the equinox still hit all the targets the gm1000 hit. Since i detect mainly creeks the equinox has a leg up since its water proof and i dont have to worry about it getting wet or falling in the creek. Hope you guys enjoy t
  6. Au Seeker - This should take you to the FB page, ill have to approve you as a member. https://www.facebook.com/groups/378993799241791/?ref=bookmarks Fishing8046 - Yep there is some really nice gold in VA the key is getting access to the old mines since they are all on private property, no claims here. Purity ranges around 21 to 23 karat. Boorx4 - I grew up in Beaver County. I started prospecting after I found out there was gold in VA. It escalated quickly, from a pan to 4 inch dredge in less then a year, and some nice nuggets to boot along the way. I still have y
  7. Boorx4 - Thanks! Where did you go to school for geology, i went to college for geology at Slippery Rock University of PA. And yes the Potomac has gold in it, but since it is technically in Maryland you cant do any form of prospecting on it. Virginia's prospecting laws are much better. AU Seeker - Yes i was a member of VA gold and i started prospecting at Contrary back in 2014. I never met Shack but ive read many of his posts, since VA gold is gone now i havent heard anything from Shack on any of the other gold prospecting FB pages or other forums. I have started a Virginia Gold Pro
  8. Got out with a buddy this past weekend in the great state of Virginia. We both dredged on sat, then on sunday he continued to dredge and decided to fire the GM 1000 up and see if i could find anything. My buddy was on chucky gold and nuggets with his dredge, so I started detecting a section of exposed bedrock a short distance up stream from him. Got the detector up and running and ground balanced in the water, (settings were auto+ in all metal) swing a few time and she pops off. The probability meter was swinging both ways, I pull out my little crevice tool and pop open the little cr
  9. Clay - I mainly use SAGA gis on available DEMs, and i was using Whitebox GAT to turn .las files into DEM files but it would take a few days to process one tile and wouldnt work alot of the time. Ive only just started using QGIS but the newest version no longer supports the las tool box. What artifacts are you referring too? Ive been to that site and what i see on the map is what i see on the ground. I will say ive generally managed to get what i want out of the programs but i still really dont know what most of the features do. Ive found that hillshading helps me
  10. Hello everyone - New to the forum, been lurking for a bit though. Im out on the East coast where gold is a bit more scarce but ive had some luck. LiDAR maps are becoming more widely available for free online, and that they provide fantastic data. If you dont know what LiDAR maps are look them up. They are an incredible resource if they are available for your area. For Arizona it looks like a bunch of LiDAR data has been collected in 2018 but it isnt available quite yet should hopefully be available in the next year or so. The link below shows what is and will be availab
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