By Steve Herschbach
I keep an eye on various forums just in case something new of interest pops up. I thought I would list the ones I frequent most often here. Feel free to add to the list.
The prospecting forums I visit now and then are:
TreasureNet Gold Prospecting Forum
Very active gold forums
Findmall Prospecting Forum
Alaska Gold Forum
General prospecting with Alaska emphasis
The ICMJ Prospecting & Mining Forum
Many sub-topics relating to prospecting and mining
Canadian Gold Prospecting Forum
Very active forum with many sub-topics
And now the metal detecting forums:
Detector model specific sub-forums
Huge number of treasure hunting topics
Very active forums on a wide range of metal detecting subjects
Tom Dankowski Forum
Focuses on technical aspects of detectors
The Arizona Forums
All good, tend towards Minelab and Arizona but more varied of late
Rob Allison's Nuggethunting Forums
Chris Gholson's Arizona Outback Forums
Bill Southern's Nuggetshooting Forums
What's happening in Australia?
Australia Gold Detecting & Prospecting
By Ridge Runner
I’d said something about going to a Treasure Show this weekend and I’m back with a new book on Equinox Series Detector.
I haven’t had a lot of time to read over it but did take time to scan it. With that said you want to know what I think of the book. All I will say is spend the money to get a pirinted copy of the instruction manual for the Equinox. Then spend the time reading it and when you’re not sure about something read it over again.
We are going to be moving to Tinker AFB, OK in June, but in the meantime, while still based on Eglin AFB, FL, I have been researching old, now demolished family housing areas to hunt before we leave.
I have discovered a major housing area, where all the homes were built between 1955 and 1962. Still standing in 1969, but now demolished and open fields. Very easy to research using NETRonline Historic Aerials against current Google Satellite maps.
The kicker of this area is that it is on-base, and due to very restricted access, these fields are very likey virgin for hunting. I expect a lot of silver, wheaties and more in the front areas of these homes, as well as the always-open fields behind the housing circles, where kids would play, and parties held. Only hunting them will prove out my theory, but I have four remaining weeks at Eglin to find what I can!
Here are the Aerial vs. current satellite pics. After we leave, I hope someone into MD'ing will be assigned to Eglin and find this post. (Of course, I hope I've already recovered ALL the silver!! LOL)
I was going through my computer looking at different stuff that I had forgotten I had and I came across this shortcut to the archives of Gold Net Australia. Gold Net Australia Online went from 1999 to 2002 and remarkably, it`s still there. Probably not of great interest to people in the States, but if you enjoy reading about coil developement from 20 yrs ago, or accommodation, or a review of the GP Extreme, or divining rods, or storys of big finds or just pictures of beaut nuggets, there might be something here of interest.
Bom dia! I had the unique opportunity thanks to my job at White’s to do some work in Brazil and wanted to share some pictures from our trip. First things first, ouro!
The soil here is nasty. Even the most expensive PIs struggle to balance out the mineralization. Add the humidity, 120 degree heat, and blazing sun and you have a great area to challenge a gold detector.
Garimpeiros make their living off the gold they find. Some are dangerous but most of the ones we met were friendly enough to talk about gold and detectors. Just don’t get between them and their gold unless you want to disappear in the jungle.
One of the places we went that was “hunted out” gave up a chunky rock that was just a whisper of a signal. When we cracked it open we found this tiny crystalline nugget.
After breaking the tiny tree nugget off I could see that the gold continues down into the rock.
Sad to be leaving but I made some new friends while working in the Brazilian sun.
By Steve Herschbach
When Chris Ralph and I were down in Phoenix I was fortunate that Chris lined up a dinner with Barry and Leigh, the brilliant couple behind the new non-profit educational organization, Land Matters. The website at http://www.mylandmatters.org/ is your constantly expanding source of land related information, including:
Library - A Library full of free maps, guides, books, tutorials and reference materials.
Maps - Interactive maps for your area of interest. More being added every week.
Articles - Factual articles written by those in the know. Information that you can rely on.
Resources - Links and contacts to other communities of knowledge.
Outreach - Programs that engage the community directly. Seminars, outings, trainings etc.
I am far from done checking it all out myself, but this looks like something we should all consider getting on board with and supporting if possible. Check it out. I have added this banner to the rotating collection in the upper left corner:
and added them to my links list
Barry and Leigh, very nice meeting you, and keep up the great work!
Here is a link to the new interactive land management status map http://www.mylandmatters.org/Maps/Management/GetMap