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  1. I'm going to try and get out to Az for a couple months this fall.
  2. Don't have any photos. Gold specimens are somewhat difficult to photograph, even among the commercial photographers. They were sold long ago.
  3. I brought this specimen from Ron at the LSD outing last year. Prepped,treated and sold for a tidy profit. Over 60 pieces similar to this were found in two separate patches years ago. The sizes range from a medium aspirin to a large egg. Half had quartz but the gold was thin in all of them. No "nuggets" to speak of. Four turned out really exquisite. I'm sure most of you have seen gem grade spider webbed turquoise. Picture spider webbed thin gold veins running through pure white quartz. Of course they were treated which bleached the quartz.
  4. I was in contact with Ron Ringsrud asking him about this case. They are lowly but surely knocking claimants off one by one. Maybe in couple years this will be resolved. By the way, the appraisal of $400,000,000 is ridiculous. No is going to pay anything close that that figure if it were ever to be sold, unless it's 200 years from now and inflation is 20%.
  5. The blue could also be Scheelite as that's fairly heavy. The yellow has me stumped. If you read up on the geology of that area, it should give you some clues. Might be worthwhile checking into.
  6. Sure fooled me too. Have seen nuggets in just about every conceivable shape, even some "half" nuggets. ie... Some had a crystalline shape while the other sides were flat and looked as though it had been cast in a tufa mold... But they were real as I found a few like that as did others by the Eugene Mtns.
  7. Looks good to me too. Like to see the rest of the story.
  8. At least it's a dry heat. Or so they say in Arizona...
  9. Casey, I don't think I've ever seen any obsidian that's translucent through a 1/4" thick slab. I meant a really,really thin piece. MY bet is the green specimen will be opaque , no matter how thin it is.
  10. I'm not sure it's obsidian. If it's opaque and not translucent on the edges, it's something else. Chip off a little piece to check. To be honest, I've seen slag that looked similar to that.
  11. This is a link to some of the fantastic amazonite and smokey quartz specimens that the Dorris family found on the show. They're towards the bottom of the page. There's also some topaz which I think were also found on the show but can't remember who found those. Anyway, they are reairing the episode this Tuesday. http://www.mineral-forum.com/message-board/viewtopic.php?p=28653&highlight=#28653 Steve
  12. I took some 1/8" or 1/4" wire mesh, cut a piece out to fit the top of the dry washer classifier, then simply shoveled it on top. Can fill bucket and pour on top also. in either case you still have to use your hands to prod the dirt through. I find classifying using screens on a bucket to be onerous and time consuming. I find some areas don't need any classification at all. http://www.louispage.com/blog/bid/10206/Do-You-Need-Wire-Mesh-With-Small-Openings
  13. Personally, I don't think it was that recent of a fall. Probably more like 100's or perhaps even 1000's of years eclipsed between the time of the fall and the discovery. It was simply laying in a gulch and that doesn't sound like a recent fall to me. Your witnesses no doubt saw a meteorite fall but I hardly think it was the Old Woman. The finders should have received something. I think they just got too greedy asking for $1,000,000 from the Smithsonian.
  14. Both shows tonight deal with amazing finds of amazonite and smokey quartz. Some of those crystals are stunners. On a side note, there's yet another reality show called "Rock MY RV". In this one, they take an old RV and turn into one for a specific use. http://www.travelchannel.com/tv-shows/rock-my-rv-with-bret-michaels Someone should apply have theirs turned into a prospectors RV. One with 12 Minelab 5000's that can swivel out of the side,swinging and detecting automatically by use of a central console in the living room and well as a small backhoe built into the back. What else can they come up with??? A beer brewer in the kitchen? Any other ideas???
  15. Wonder why we haven't seen this before. http://www.nature.com/news/iron-in-egyptian-relics-came-from-space-1.13091
  16. I'm certainly not an expert by any means but it's possible 10 acres is too small a sample size to make a judgement like that. The larger strewnfield could be a little farther aways. Ten acres is a square roughly 600 + ft on each side. Assuming you centered your search where you found it, you are only hunting 300ft + sides from the center. If I were in your position rather then hunt all that extra area, I would simply ask around. Seems like there's quite a few prospectors in that area and they are all looking for gold and ignoring everything else. You'll have to figure out a way to do it discretely. Tell them your looking for old rusty farm equipment? Or maybe UFO's? Any word of your find? Was it etched? Steve
  17. Interesting photos Adam. Any chance of some replenishment gold being found there?
  18. Plenty of amateurs tracking these too so "they" wouldn't have to tell us. Kind of wish one would hit..... but not here. The meteorite hunters are getting restless....
  19. Black sands can be valuable for not only gold but also PGM's and REE's. If you ever get enough, send a good sample out for assay. Steve
  20. Save your black sands. They can be valuable in themselves if you accumalate a sizable amount. Sure better then throwing them away.
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