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    Fish & Wildlife Biologist (Retired), Prospecting, Mineralogy, Music, Reading, Fly Fishing, Camping.

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  1. I'm with Simon... that is a real handful of handsome gold!!! Looks to have been a wonderful and highly successful adventure to a ruggedly scenic area. We always thoroughly enjoy your presentations Peg, and the photos are outstanding. Thank you for sharing your trip with us. ☺️ Jim.
  2. Hi dogodog… an interesting topic, with some unusual recoveries described below. For several decades now, our autumns have been occupied with prospecting for native silver and other commonplace minerals throughout northeastern Ontario. A few years ago, I found a specimen grade 101-lb native silver-calcite ore while metal detecting with a Fisher F75 metal detector equipped with a standard 11-inch DD coil. I almost ignored the shallow, blaring signal, initially thinking it would probably be shallow rusted ferrous sheeting or a very large pipe or implement. However the target ID and fastgrab
  3. Excellent results Norm, congratulations are certainly in order!!! Many coin hunters consider it an axiom that when wheaties are here then silver is near. Good luck with any further detecting excursions to that site....... Jim.
  4. Thanks Steve for posting these introductory mineral identification videos. Chris Ralph has presented a highly interesting summary that we thoroughly enjoyed. His spirited enthusiasm for mineralogy is frankly refreshing, and it was a real pleasure to view him teaching. Chris touched on mica “books” while discussing cleavage, hence displayed below is a commonplace example from central-eastern Ontario, perhaps some 50 miles north of Ottawa. My geologist son resides in a rather remote wilderness setting where massive mica books, rarer blue apatite, and garnet commonly occur. Massive mica form
  5. Beautiful silver finds Againstmywill!!! The ring is rather ornate and obviously in very good condition too, but the first item tugged at my heartstrings because it reminds me of a song we once sang to our children when they were infants as we danced with them around the dining room... ZOOM ZOOM ZOOM we're going to the moon, If you want to make this trip... Climb aboard my rocket ship, ZOOM ZOOM ZOOM we're going to the moon!!! Thanks for sharing with us............ Jim.
  6. HO ! HO ! HO ! In keeping with the holiday spirit, a very Merry Christmas to you, and all the very best in the forthcoming New Year!!! Thanks for the tremendous amount of effort that comprises your contributions to this forum and elsewhere. ☺️ Jim.
  7. Hi Norm… very attractive “character” nuggets, excellent recoveries. In his above post, Simon notes that an earlier detectorist certainly missed an opportunity. Fortunately your more thorough fieldcraft techniques did not allow that same opportunity to slip away. Thanks for the reminder to recheck our coil coverage, and always to scan around the rims of holes and adjacent areas as well. It pays to be thorough in all aspects of our fieldwork, to carefully examine all abandoned digsite areas, and identify all target signals. Congratulations Norm and thank you for sharing your adventure
  8. Hi Bear... thanks for dropping by with your comments, most kind of you to do so!!! I wish that I could provide a placer silver photo, but unfortunately in this area our metalliferous silver recoveries are in the form of float silver or hardrock native silver. As a substitution, below is a photo of a rather plain silver nugget. It's not ideal of course, but it is about as close as I can provide at the moment. Hopefully you might be able to find some in your area that would undoubtedly interest many readers. All the very best, and good hunting!!! Jim.
  9. Hi Glenn... thanks for your comments, its nice to have this opportunity to speak with you!!! Taking your last question first Glenn, yes this area produces fine examples of wire silver. I might add that wire silver is often in close association with acanthite. I have not enjoyed much luck with finding it in any appreciable size, but have seen many examples from friends in the area, such as the one below compliments of Dr. Jim Eckert. Below are some examples of dendritic silver, including an enlargement of the dendritic silver example portrayed in the article's multi-photo because it
  10. Hi Bob... thanks...so pleased to hear from you!!! Your comments are most kind. I don't know how much more silver hunting we'll accomplish for awhile. As you know, my interests have been leaning more to to non-metallic minerals in the renowned Bancroft vicinity. In fact we're heading north (hopefully) sometime later this week. I'd like to find some larger examples of tremolite, apatite, and titanite that will take a decent photo. With any luck and some determined fieldwork, I think we might be able to produce a different type of article later in the season. Over the interim, I hope th
  11. Simon... we've always realized how very fortunate we have been to reside within reasonably accessible distance to northeastern Ontario's silverfields. A wonderful opportunity to fill our lives with countless adventures, and we enjoyed every moment there. Below are two more examples of silver minerals, in keeping with the thread topic. Both happen to be white backgrounds because we've learned that it depicts native silver and acanthite nearly as realistically as these samples appear on my shelves. As to size, the acanthite dominant sample immediately below is about equal to a large man's f
  12. Thanks Simon... for those kind words of encouragement. We should keep in mind that silver in this area is normally quite large compared to gold, with recoveries generally ranging from several ounces to multiple pounds. This factor permits us to use our older, modestly deepseeking PI units with reasonable success because our larger silver can be detected to much greater depths. .................. Jim.
  13. Collecting Native Silver & Related Minerals in Northeastern Ontario’s Silverfields Introduction… I’ve been cleaning and photographing some small native silver specimens that were found with a metal detector during my last few rockhounding visits to the silverfields of northeastern Ontario. They are commonplace examples of small silver that hobbyists can anticipate recovering from the tailing disposal areas of abandoned minesites, ranging in size from one-half to several troy ounces. The information and silver photos presented below may interest newcomers to the fascinating
  14. Thoroughly enjoyed the video Cal!!! Interesting assortment of recoveries, and appreciate your comments about the numerous relics, it's an educational experience each and every time I view your posts. Thanks Cal, looking forward to your next field adventure. ☺️ Jim.
  15. Hi Steve H… and welcome to the forum. Thanks for sharing your recovery with us. I doubt that it is possible for us to resolve your question beyond determining whether it is comprised of metal or is a mineral such as pyrite briefly mentioned above. Your sample certainly has an iron pyrite “appearance” if we adopt a view that you’ve found a naturally occurring mineral. However as Steve points out above, pyrite normally does not react to a metal detector in the field, and certainly not a piece of that size at twelve inches depth. So if you metal detected this sample, and that is not absolute
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