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  1. 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.
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    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.
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    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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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?
  7. 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.
  8. 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).
  9. Last year was not a banner prospecting year for me. I got out a number of times and did detect some gold and did some dry washing, but it was a year of other problems and obligations. I had two trips to the hospital, one emergency by ambulance, and one for surgery on my heart (not open heart, but the doctor put a probe up through a vein into the inside of my heart). My wife had two stays at the hospital as well. We also spent time moving my elderly mother in law from southern California where she has few remaining relatives, up to Reno. I did get out and find some nice gold in my prospecting, but I made fewer trips and got less gold than I have in many years. I did however, do some serious hard rock prospecting in 2018 and made two deals with mining exploration companies to lease out properties that I own. One deal was made on a set of claims that I had staked years ago, while the other was on a large set of claims I staked in 2018 (along with two partners which I have in that claim group). We staked over 200 claims in that group and it took some time in getting all of those claims out and posted. The company that leased those claims from us flew a helicopter survey over them and made several exciting finds. The ore bodies likely found there are electrically conductive, and the coil and electronics used to “see” the ore bodies are of a pulse type design – just like the pulse detectors we use, but with a gigantic coil and a bit different electronics. So I can look at 2018 in a couple of different ways – for the direct gold I dug, it was a very poor year. Yet for the total money I made on my prospecting it was a different story. Counting the money I made on leasing out claims in 2018, if you calculated out the equivalent ounces of gold, that would make it my best year ever, by far. The money was the bullion weight equivalent of several pounds. So in 2019 I hope to stay out of the hospital, and to take no rides in ambulances. I pray my wife stays out of the hospital too. I hope to spend more time in the hills prospecting, and do more detecting and more drywashing as well. I will stake some more claims and see if I can get those leased out as well, but I really want to do my own prospecting as I enjoy that so much. For those interested in more details on the story of the claims I staked and how I got them leased off to two different exploration companies, I have a story this month in the ICMJ – called Making a Big Discovery. In the February and March issues I will have a two part article on how these lease contracts are structured and what a small miner might expect in such a deal. Photos – A few of my detected nuggets; the helicopter surveying my claims, and some of the ground where the claims are located.
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    Wtg Chris Ralph

    That's been my personal motto for years.
  11. There are some of us who are involved in one way or another. I lease mining properties to exploration companies. I often end up owning shares of those companies.
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    Has Peak Gold Been Seen?

    It was a good article. Thanks. I wrote it. No question we are there at peak gold for $1200 to $1300 gold. All the big producers are now forecasting decreases in their production rates for the future. However, at $2,000 gold, there are a lot of low grade resources that would then become profitable to work. It is that way now. The ores worked in the mines now for the most part would not have been economic 25 years ago - just too low in grade. Rock that is low grade junk now will be good ore years from now.
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    Digger Bob, Miner John Derloo, Any News??

    I spoke with Miner John as well yesterday. He and Bob escaped with little more than the clothes on their backs. John and his wife are staying with friends. He has insurance but its going to be a mountain of work to reconstruct all the things he lost. John is a big cat lover and he was forced to leave his pets behind in his house - which was later burned. He told me the loss of his pets was among the most difficult things he has had to deal with.