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  1. One of the hardest things to do at Rye Patch NV proper, is to find a specimen gold piece attached to quartz. Not sure how many of my Rye Patch NV swinging buddies are left from the mid 90's but we all have agreed on a couple things when it comes to gold at RP. Chevron gold is the most desired and valuable. There have been some amazing high dollar pieces discovered at the patch. Specimen gold on the other hand (gold and quartz mixed) is most rare to find at Rye Patch than many realize, why is that? I personally have found thousands of nuggets and have seen 10X dug up from all the local legends back then. But to see a piece of gold with quarts on it that came from RP, just does not seem to happen. There's big quartz boulders and quartz pockets scattered all over that area. Heck, one of the locals (Peg-Leg) used to dig out some of the pockets to discover massive beautiful clusters and even single solid monster crystals, but he never found any with gold. This is the largest specimen I have ever seen from Rye Patch proper and it was found in 2005/6 by one of my customers (Scott from Idaho) with a GP-3500 right near the burn barrel. As for me and all the thousands of nuggets I've collected in my 30 yrs of detecting RP, I have only found 2 small nuggets in the 2 to 3 gram range that had a piece of quartz attached. Anyone else seen specimen gold come from Rye Patch? Do any of you geology experts know why we are not seeing it happen more often, especially with all the quartz rocks and crystal pockets that are exposed out there? On a side note - My 1st of 2024 Rye Patch Field Training is coming up next weekend. Anyone wanting to learn some real hands on Field Knowledge and up your chances of finding that beautiful and expensive rare gold, contact Gerry's Detectors at 208-345-8898 for details.
  2. I just came back from a trip to Gold Basin. As we know there are meteorites there. I found one about 80 grams. When it was washed off and brushed I could see some tiny yellow shinny spots. I've found lots of Gold Basins but I don't remember and of them with gold in them so I did a search. That search introduced me to a concept that many have that much of our mineable metals, including gold came to earth with meteor showers. If true this could explain a lot of unexplainable patches in different areas. Here is a primer from one of the AI tools, Copilot. This is new for me and might take a while to have my brain wrap around it after all of the info about gold being molten and coming up with eruptions. Someone help me understand this. Did meteorites bombard Earth with gold? | EarthSky https://earthsky.org/earth/did-meteorites-bombard-earth-with-gold/
  3. One of the Meteorite Men, Geoff Notkin has a lot of things up for auction including two of his metal detectors! If you want to see a vast array of meteorites and possibly purchase one at auction go here: https://fineart.ha.com/c/ecatalog.zx?saleNo=8089&ic5=CatalogHome-AucType-PrintedCatalogViewer-071515 I have met Geoff on two or three trips to Tucson Gem and Mineral Show over the years and I've purchased a couple of his books. He is quite a character and quite a nice guy.
  4. I have a question about something that happened to me last night/early morning. It was around 3:30am when I went out for a smoke and heard a loud roar in the sky, as I turned to see what it was, there was a bright white light traveling from the North East towards the South West. The object looked to be about 500 to 600 feet in the sky on a downward slope. I have never heard anything like it before and would like to know if someone else here has ever heard something like this before. I could hear no impact and I could tell that the light was getting brighter the closer to the ground sa it passed over me. The whole time seeing this was no more than 3-4 seconds, but the sound I don't think I will ever forget. Any replies would be greatly appreciated to see if anyone else has ever had this happen to them. Thank you, Caleb
  5. Hi there thanks for your help. This stone was found in the Sahara desert. I thought it was a fossil but to be honest I have no idea what it is. Any help would be appreciated. seems carved but maybe could be natural markings, extremely heavy. Sound 30cm x 20cm, some sort of quartz stone embedded.
  6. I’m not totally convinced, but it does have a shiny outer crust, it seems metallic under that crust, and a magnet attached to a string is attracted to it. I found it while digging along my foundation wall. Any expert advice is very welcome!
  7. “A museum in Maine is offering $25,000 for the remains of a space rock that streaked across the sky last week before landing near the border between the United States and Canada. Darryl Pitt, head of the meteorite division at the Maine Mineral & Gem Museum, said he was keen to study any fragments of the meteorite, which could contain valuable information about the solar system. The $25,000 reward is for the first meteorite piece found that weighs 2.2 pounds (1 kilogram) or more. However, he said the museum would be willing to pay for any specimen “irrespective of its size.”“ Full story with map to start your hunt! https://www.cnn.com/2023/04/12/americas/meteorite-maine-museum-reward-scn/index.html
  8. Hello everyone I need some seasoned experts to take a glimpse at my find and judge if I'm right this is a meteorite or meteor(not). I've had this rock in my collection for some time and upon resent researching I read that Carbonaceous Meteorite are composed of millimeter sized chondrules called a matrix. This rock in my post has weathered fractured breaks, thumb prints shaped holes, rounded, and grainy like sand. Ill try to weight is and get it's mass and volume to check the rocks specific gravity. Someone tell me if I'm wrong or right thinking this is a meteorite.
  9. I was going through a pile of junk silver for melting into a bar and came across a little silver ring I found detecting a park that was missing its stone. I didn’t really want to melt it so I took one of the meteorites I’d found out at gold basin and cut it to fit the ring and polished it to 2000 grit sandpaper. I think it’s interesting but probably not the most attractive material for Jewelry.
  10. I found this meteorite in December while on a Vegas trip.
  11. Mars meteorite that crashed to Earth contains 'huge diversity' of organic compounds | Live Science
  12. https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2022/11/29/minerals-never-seen-earth-somalia-meteorite/10797611002/
  13. https://toronto.citynews.ca/2022/11/19/meteor-toronto-c8ff042/ AFAIK there is currently no report of anything reaching the ground, but it's still possible that occurred. Beware when reports like this say "hit the earth". I don't think there is evidence for that, yet. From tracking the trajectory, Niagra Falls area is apparently where a meteorites can be found IF anything of measurable size survived. Keep an eye out for updates. And if they got anything like Buffalo, NY area (almost 6 ft. in some spots in last couple days) it may be tough to even access a fall area for a while.
  14. I thought they were not supposed to be this hot by the time they got to the ground, but maybe not? Or maybe just coincidence. But if that was a meteorite, it should be in the rubble somewhere and could be worth some decent money for that guy, given the circumstances.
  15. Finally a meteorite has been confirmed to land in NZ, it seems a very rare event. It landed somewhere near where I look for gold, so you never know If I'm extraordinary lucky I may strumble across something one day. 🙂 Hunt for rare meteorite begins after spectacular fireball over Otago The fireball was detected on a camera at Dunstan High School, Alexandra. Photo / Fireballs Aotearoa Scientists are searching for a meteorite that fell to the ground after a spectacular fireball lit up the sky over Otago on Sunday night. The meteorite dropped somewhere southeast of Middlemarch and west of Outram near Dunedin, Fireballs Aotearoa scientists said. The fireball was captured over central and east Otago at 10.50pm by five night-sky cameras deployed as part of Fireballs Aotearoa's mission to track down New Zealand meteorites. Associate Professor James Scott from the University of Otago's Department of Geology recently deployed three of the five cameras with students and colleague. The meteorite fell somewhere in the area southeast of Middlemarch and west of Outram. Image / Fireballs Aotearoa. "It's stunning. The fireball was seen from Oamaru to Invercargill, and from Queenstown to Dunedin, and we are confident that it dropped between 1kg and 10kg of material southeast of Middlemarch - right in the middle of our network." The other two fireball cameras that detected the meteor were based in Southland and operated by Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society of NZ, Bob Evans. Calculations by Dr Denis Vida from the Global Meteor Network showed the meteor sped in steeply from the west at about 15km/s and lasted over six seconds. It decelerated to about 3km/s, at which point the bright flight stopped. "This is a good sign because it means that meteorites survived until the end," Dr Vida said. "A loud sonic boom followed the fireball, indicating a large size of the initial meteoroid entering the atmosphere." Just nine confirmed meteorites have fallen in New Zealand over the past 150 years, with only two having been seen to "fall". The last confirmed meteorite came through a roof in the Auckland suburb of Ellerslie in 2004 and originated from an asteroid, an area of rubble left over from early solar system. The calculated trajectory of Sunday's meteoroid suggests the last one also came from the asteroid belt. Astronomer Jeremy Taylor of Fireballs Aotearoa asked people not to trespass while looking for any meteorites. "If you live in this area, please look out for dark shiny rocks in places they shouldn't be," Mr Taylor said. "If you find a piece on your land or on a road, please let us know. Don't take any risks searching for it and don't go where you shouldn't." Dr Michele Bannister from the School of Earth and Environmental Science at Canterbury University explained what people should look out for when hunting the meteorite. "It'll have a distinct black surface from melting during its passage through the atmosphere," Dr Bannister said. "Please photograph it in place: Note the location using your phone GPS and avoid touching it with your bare hands, the less contamination the better. "Pick it up in fresh aluminium foil if possible, or otherwise a new clean plastic bag." If you do find something out-of-place, then please send a photo and the coordinates to Prof. James Scott (james.scott@otago.ac.nz), who is co-ordinating the search for this rock, or via the contact page at www.fireballs.nz. Source: https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/hunt-for-rare-meteorite-begins-after-spectacular-fireball-over-otago/6D3UZANOWAS6BINOEHLOHI2AAA/
  16. I havent been on the forums much, but was able to get out to Salt Lake Utah new meteorite fall, and make 2 finds , just 3 days from the fresh fall. The larger one was 133 grams, the smaller one was 53 grams. If anyone is thinking about hunting, I would recomment an ATV, as its a large area. There are patches of soft mud, where I would not drive even a 4x4 out there.
  17. First off, I know this is the wrong subgroup, but I was hoping Steve could leave it for a day or 2. My buddy Mark Dayton, got a call from his brother, about a meteor that went over Salt Lake City, Utah. We live near Sacramento, CA. He's in a country band, and was booked for next 2 nights, but as soon as that was done, he booked a$$ to SLC. And dude found it!!! I talked to him, and the thing that I found so amazing, is the confidence. Everyone says Mark is a lucky guy, but he puts in the work.
  18. Found 4 chondrites over an area of about 5 square miles. I don't know if I was just incredibly lucky or what, since they appear to be quite spread out, but the smallest I found in the first spot I stopped, about 5 minutes after I turned my detector on. Another few hours turned up nothing. I drove about a mile away and the next largest (with the large stress fracture) turned up as my first target for the area, 10 mins after I turned my detector on, then nothing else for another hour of detecting. I drove about 2 miles further and yet again, 10 mins after turning the detector on I got the biggest one (it's about the diameter of a quarter, for scale). But this time I managed a 2nd find in the same area, a few hours later. So, the fall seems to cover quite a large area, but the meteorites were only found where bedrock was at surface so far, which is quite a small part of the whole area. They seem to be quite sparsely spaced out compared to Gold Basin for instance. Does this qualify as a strewn field? This is in Wyoming, not a common spot for meteorites. Everything was at or near surface, looks to be a kinda fresh fall? I'm sure there are a lot more out there, they were getting bigger going North, so it seems that was the direction of travel.
  19. Hi all, In the UK over the weekend there was a meteorite shower. I came across this today in the middle of a field. There are small gold flecks and small crystal formations that are hard to capture.
  20. One of my finds with my new Deus II this weekend while detecting at a local baseball field was what I thought a chunk of iron. Upon looking at it tonight, I was expecting it to be highly magnetic; it was not. A strong magnet will attract to it, but it struggles to stick to it. I hit it a couple times with a hammer to see if I could break off any crud from the outside. A chunk came off, and it exposed a bright, metallic looking substrate. It is very heavy for its size. I tried scratching the metallic area, thinking it may be lead, but it would not scratch with an aluminum chain link fencing piece. Any help would be appreciated as to whether this could really be a meteorite. If I need to cut it to find out, help with what direction to cut would also be super! Update--I used a file on it, and it barely took anything off. The metal is very hard. Update 4-28-22--The close-up pics were taken using a USB microscope.
  21. You probably don't need a metal detector if you get there at the right time! https://www.meteorite-times.com/a-string-of-first-time-finds-on-highway-98-84/
  22. I have been in denial, but with temperatures hitting over 100 degrees on a daily basis I finally have to admit the winter detecting season in the Southern California and Arizona deserts is over. It has been a fun year, and I have met a lot of good people through the clubs I belong to, Bill Southern's YouTube patreon group and just randomly in the middle of nowhere. I have detected mostly with the GPX 6000 and GM 1000. I just love getting out into nature. The thrill of being in a beautiful area with the sense of adventure and the chance to find stuff is exhilarating. My best gold finds were a patch of eight small nuggets in the Cargo Muchacho Mountains, a 4.1 gram nugget with two small nuggets (.2 and .3 grams) each nestled less than six inches away near Yuma, a 17 gram complete chondrite meteorite with regmaglypts and contraction cracks from Coyote Dry Lake, a "perfect" old tin can with solder seam and applied top, a mule shoe found at the top of a high hill in the middle of the Vulture Mountains in Arizona and a bird band in Gold Basin that I reported. I got a bunch of other small nuggets but the artifacts and animals really help me get through those days when I get skunked. I will be making trips to Northern Nevada and the Yuba this summer. See you there!
  23. I eyeballed/ picked up a rock that looks sorta like an Apollo space capsule from a farm field.It has a paper thin black crust and grey interior where a farmers plow broke it, but my magnet won't stick to it. How do I tell if it is or isn't a meteorite? There is a parking lot there now. There are sparkles inside the rock. I hear there are stony meteorites that are not magnetic? I'll find the rock and post a photo later. -Tom
  24. I have been pretty consistent finding a few meteorites hunting the gold basin placers lately, nice finding something in between finding a nugget. I’m averaging at least a tiny piece of gold maybe about 75% of the time most of these have been shallow 3” down or less and ring strong out on the 6000 like a large caliber bullet on the surface, they are a great motivator to dig all the trash sounding targets because they sound just the same.
  25. Howdy 🙂 It's great to see this site is a rather active one. I hope to be of some contribution and I know for sure I'll learn a lot from many of you along the way. My main interest in metal detecting is for finding meteorites. I owned and operated a used White's Goldmaster V/Sat from 2011 to 2020 when it was stolen from my vehicle. So... I've been hunting for a replacement ever since. I'm a fairly active member on many of the meteorite Facebook groups and I'll be catching up on all the meteorite topics that have been discussed in this forum. I enjoy just swinging the detector and digging up all them good targets. A few of my more interesting earthly finds have been an 1899 Canadian 5 cent piece, a handmade copper earing of a wolf or coyote howling at the moon and a really nice blebby copper nugget. Happy to be here.
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