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  1. And its not just a late payment sort of thing - they've had those books and been selling them for about a year. A lot of small prospecting stores are going through lean times, though some are better off than others. A couple weeks back, I did a GPAA show in Phoenix for the ICMJ. Many of the prospecting shops that always attend these shows were not around. There is just not the number of new prospectors coming into try their hand. The gold price, which has been fluctuating between $1150 and $1350 for the last 5 years, just doesn't spark the interest to attract new folks to try their hand at finding gold. Most of the folks that attended the GPAA show were long time prospectors who already have the equipment they want or can afford, and they dont buy as much new stuff. Its the excitement of a crazy high gold price and new guys coming into prospecting that really drive sales.
  2. I will note a word of "buyer beware" warning in two points concerning Jobe, the vendor. 1. The most recent Amazon comment on the item complains that the item is cheaply made and fell apart in 1 day. 2. Last year Jobe purchased a box of my books from me (several hundred dollars) and then refused to pay for them, though they continue to sell my book. They owe the magazine a much more considerable sum for advertising never paid for. I mean no insult and, in fact it saddens me to report these facts. Jobe was for many years a great supplier of all sorts of products to prospectors. Still, in general, a business that buys goods and services and then refuses to pay for them is in pretty bad shape and may not last. Few suppliers will keep selling goods to businesses that do not pay for them.
  3. The gold bearing greenstone belts of Sudan and NE Africa which launched the African detector boom roughly a decade ago are also found in southern Saudi Arabia. Same geology, same detector results.
  4. Decades ago, I used to live in Bishop. As far as Lone Pine, perhaps the nearest productive placer area to your home in Lone Pine is at Mazourka Canyon, the road to which takes off Hwy 395 at the south end of Independence. I know of some folks who have detected nuggets in Mazourka Canyon and its tributaries like Pop's Gulch. There are claims up there in some places so be wary. Here is a link to a USGS report on the area. At the end of the report it talks about the mineral deposits of that location. https://pubs.er.usgs.gov/publication/b1181O Best of luck to you.
  5. Its hard enough to tell minerals just from photos, but when the pics are blurry, that's even harder. Just a raw guess is that its galena, a common mineral that is the most important ore of lead. Any chance of a better picture?
  6. Both results are so low that unless you are talking about a mountain of millions of tons of ore to be worked at a rate of thousands of tons per day, this rock is waste. Most ore tests will have some level of minor variances in the results due to just what Clay Diggings observed - an errant tiny gold particle makes it into one sample and the other has no such tiny particle in it. If you are thinking to work this rock as an individual, both tests confirmed it is waste.
  7. I'm not sure "alloy" is the right set up for mineral analysis - alloy will only say the metals in the specimen. It won't tell you the other elements in the mineral. So, at least you can say its a copper mineral with a fair amount of silver in it. Its not metallic silver or metallic copper. Probably Cuprite or Chalcocite. The copper mineral Covellite almost always shows a blue metallic sheen which I cant see on this specimen.
  8. Sometimes cuprite can appear very dark gray, almost black. Its real hard to do mineral ID by a simple photo - even a good clear one. Cuprite will make your detector sound off at a good distance. Cuprite is a copper mineral that conducts electricity like a metal. Its often a very dark red but can range to a dark gray almost silver color.
  9. And likely the same here too. However the problem is that the company decided to save money by going directly from Air VTEM survey to drilling. The normal procedure is to do a ground survey to accurately locate the targets before drilling. An air survey is inherently less accurate at target placement than a ground survey. We know this from normal nugget detecting. The farther you are from a nugget target, the broader the signal is and more difficult to pinpoint accurately. They assumed that the target was so big that exact accuracy would not be an issue. Well, they cut corners and it burned them. Intending to drill 3 holes, they drilled one and ran out of money. They could not drill at the exact point they wanted to , and the inaccuracy of the VTEM location plus not being exactly where they wanted to be and not wanting to wait for better weather resulted in a very expensive dry hole. Perhaps they will be able to raise more money and do more drilling. We shall see. Because of the very positive VTEM survey results, I still think I could interest other parties if this company decides to turn it back to us.
  10. In our area the spots that responded to the survey were under a layer of older unconsolidated gravel about 70M deep. If they'd have cropped out they would have been mined decades ago. The one bit that did crop out a few miles away was mined in the 1960s. So we had no idea where any actual VMS bodies were, but there are areas of alteration indicating systems are nearby (such as shown in one of the photos posted with the original post). The survey picked up some VMS large bodies - one is estimated at 900M long, by 400M wide and 300M on the dip. A couple others were around half that size. A presentation from the company that did the survey can be seen at: http://www.nevadasunrise.ca/projects/coronado-vms-project/ They started a drilling program intending 3 holes, and after one hole ran out of money. Sadly, they could not get to the spot they intended to drill from because of mud and snow, so they drilled at a spot farther out and went down 375 meters and hit nothing, missing the target completely. Nothing they hit in drilling would explain the EM anomaly found in the survey. http://www.nevadasunrise.ca/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/Nevada-Sunrise-Completes-First-Hole-at-Coronado-VMS-Pr.pdf The next steps are up to the company.
  11. What did you do? The helicopter survey that was done on our claims cost upwards of $100,000 US dollars. Did you do a ground based survey?
  12. Unfortunately the heart stuff happened earlier in the year before I got out to prospect in Pumas County. Just to clarify, my heart problem is a non-standard one. Its not really related to weight, smoking or being out of shape - like most heart problems are. What I have is something you could get if you were an Olympic level athlete. What happened was another spot on my heart started telling the heart to beat - in addition to the normal one that tells the heart to beat. The two beat indicators sort of fought against each other sometimes. Initially, I never even knew I had it - it was discovered at a normal check up. I went to a cardiologist and he was not too worried about it, my blood oxygen levels were normal and I wasn't out of breath or anything like that. But he warned me that if the two beat indicators got into a full fight mode I could end up with a super fast beat and that would be more of a problem. Well, about six months later I was doing minor stuff in the backyard with my wife, and I suddenly went into this super fast heart beat mode. My heart was beating at 180 beats per minute (around 70 is normal). It would not go back to normal, so the ambulance was called. It did go back to normal after about 20 minutes, but they still took me to the hospital for a few days. I am now on a prescription and it seems to keep things normal and I have had no more tachycardia events. The Cardiologist has OK'ed me to prospect and hike and do any other normal outdoor activities.
  13. The search was for VMS conductors but the little box you can see below the helicopter about half way between the coil and the 'copter is a magnetics measuring device. VMS conductors have both a conductive and magnetic signature, and the use of both is how they discriminate between a lot of other things that might show up. Nevada has a lot of aquifers in the ground where the water is a little salty. This means the aquifer will show up as conductive. But the salt water has no magnetic signature. VMS conductors have both. So functionally using both allows the explorer to discriminate between things that are valuable (like VMS ore bodies) and things that are not valuable (like salty water or bodies of iron ore that are magnetic but not conductive).
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