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DDancer last won the day on March 23 2017

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    Back in the USA working for a living
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    Pretty much anything with a lead on science~ Rocks and minerals, Prospecting primarily detecting and pans, travel.
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    For gold :GPZ7000 current For coin: EQ600

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  1. Looks good to me to. Before you send it off ask around, look around, for business's that buy gold and other precious metals and see if anyone can give you an XRF reading on it as GB suggests. Some pawn shops have them, gold and silver buyers and recovery facilities.
  2. KDOCAC, Depending on where the show you saw shoot the view is where the answer to your questions are. Australia, as mentioned above, has various geology of various ages depending on location. Here in the US much of or gold geology is pretty much dependent on young and tectonicly active geology, thus rugged and mountainous area's are where gold found. Australia's geology is much more stable and much older. Australia's tectonics are more pronounced and younger on the east coast and their west is stable so much of the land is effectively flat there. The way one aussie explained it to me in the West is that the mountains have essentially eroded away and left the iron and gold behind. A similar process occurs in our own western deserts. Having detected WA's gold fields many times, yes much of it appears flat. Especially on camera. But there's a lot of rolling out there as well as some steep hikes.
  3. Its your rock. I only take the energy to bust them up if there's something to make me think I need to know what is inside or to help identify it. If it looks cool it sits on a shelf, if not its leaverite.
  4. Concretion, you can see the layering in the pic's and the grainy structure of sediment. As Jeff said sometimes they can sound off depending on how much iron is concentrated in them.
  5. It does not take long at all for limestone to alter the ph of an aquarium as it's reactive to any acids in the tank. Think fish urine. Small lime stones dont tend to cause a problem but large amounts can make ph control impossible and that often leads to sever problems with biologic s~ fungus, algae and some parasites. This is why aquarium owners avoid lime stone. You'll be better served with quartz, hard granites and some schists if you want to decorate.
  6. Reminds me of something I was shown, a picture, and told about from another prospector in Australia in an area we were looking around in. He'd found a nugget that was shaped very much like a chisel, showed me that picture he had of it back at camp, and explained that the slates in the area we were in would capture the gold and due to heating/cooling the rock would expand and contract shaping the gold. He had a term for it but I cant recall what it was. I suspect something similar with your find. Neat stuff 🙂
  7. The GTI 2000, later the 2500, was the first top end detector I ever used (top end at the time). The surface elimination function works ok but it's basically a screen for targets detected at the selected depths. The GTI will simply mute most any target, except large can slaw and the like then it just chirps a lot, and attempt to give positives to deeper targets however its not an inverted audio. Targets will still be masked using that function so its not something I used very much. But it does work. The only audio inversion I have ever come across was a coil for my GP3000. I still have it but its been so long I cant remember if its a nugget finder.... any rate it was called a phase inversion coil, it was around in 2005 I believe. It had a switch on the coil that allowed one to "flip" the transmit and receive of the DD design making shallow targets sound like deep ones and vice versa. It worked rather well, mine was the 16 inch, and the inversion function also helped deal with EMI. Other than that I cant recall anything else aside from audio boosts like the affor-mentioned gold bug. My thoughts.
  8. Hate to say it GB but that handle is beyond remount. The wood is all split out in the head and no amount of wedging will make it stable becaus each of those splits is now an individual fiber and will shift and split further each time you strike with it. The wedges will always loosen up again. Your doing it right but its the handle that will never hold.
  9. Not my area of knowledge but I gotta wonder if the pressure of the press was off on that one and it did not strike hard enough , or maybe long enough, to press the metal into the reeds. Interesting that the faces have a good relief even without the spread.
  10. Hahh, out bush it all looks the same and it's useful finding the wayward car 🙂 Before gps got real accurate I even snuck up on my own ute a couple of times. I still dont understand how I walked around a hill only to sneak up on my ute from the wrong *I thought* direction.😳
  11. Yep the light still worked 🙂 In the time I walked away from my pick 2006 I had a simple garmin gps, not real accurate and had an lcd display, and I was swinging my old GP3000. I use the gps function of the 7000 quite a bit and its handy for walking back into area's of interest as well as examining the lay of my finds. Down side is that once I fill it up I gotta dump it 😞 I'm just not tech savy enough to know how to keep the info~ that's what pen and paper are for 😉
  12. It appears you found a very fine and dense conglomerate. In a way it is a fossil, conglomerate is essentially sand or mud from an old water system thats ossified into rock. The bits of stone are old gravels and it looks that some chalcedony formed in what was a void in the stone~ the white portion of your last photo.
  13. Been there, done that but I did recover my pick after a few hours of back tracking. It was the last time I ever walked away from it. I to got the boot tack but at least it was shallow 🙂 Hahh. I was out bush in WA in 2006 and sat down to take a break when I walked away from it. My saving grace was that I GPS'd all my digs but in that area they were far and few between. On that same trip I lost my head lamp as well in one area, I had a habit of keeping it in my pocket and it fell out. Me and my partner returned to the area about a month later and I got a good strong signal by a log. I hopped the log and there the head lamp was. I was quite happy to recover it because the one I replaced it with was not so good. It was quite disconcerting with each lose so I feel your pain.
  14. Goes to show its still out there. Sweet haul 👍
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