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Thread: Dino Feather - What Are The Odds ?

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    Dino Feather - What Are The Odds ?

    Was helping the grandson with his gravity project. Had a nugget and feather to compare the speed of gravity. After taking pictures was looking at the
    nugget through the microscope and noticed what looks like it could be a feather embedded in the nugget. Hard to get a clear picture as the camera wants
    to focus on the outer rim and not down in the nugget where this is. First picture is of the grandson doing the drop, second is a microscope view of what
    is embedded in the nugget..Will be trying to get some better pictures..Found some pictures of Dino feathers online and used one for comparison...

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    Gold generally is formed out of hydrothermal deposits, from deep within the earth. Therefore a sedimentary feather in it is not likely. What is likely is dendritic gold or silver in the gold. Which is an AWESOME find.
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    It would be more likely that it is of plant origin, IMO.
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    Microscopic plant fiber is also a possibility. How to find out? Boil the nugget a few minutes and see if it's still there. If organic it will be a goner, if gold or silver dendrite it will still be there and absolutely untouched.
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    feather or not, I'd be tickled to have a 40 gram gold nugget
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    Smokeythecat, thanks for your input. I have several rocks with dentrite so I'm pretty sure that I am able to rule this thought out.

    kcm, that was my first thought also and I 'm sure that I am able to rule that out also for several reasons. I've had this for a long time and I would suspect that
    plant matter would have dried up or fallen apart with all the handling. This (what ever it is) is embedded at it's base in the gold/quartz and is standing
    free inside the cavity without touching the side walls of the cavity. It is secured and free floating within the cavity. This looks like it is a very black color.

    Funny thing is, in all these years I never knew it was there until yesterday. I just hope one day this will be solved......

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    Cariboo5, plant material can be covered with iron oxide and stay that way for years. I have DUST in my house that does the same thing! Did you find the nugget? I have an ounce and a half nugget from Georgia, but I bought it some years ago. Biggest I have ever found is about 8 grams.
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    Quote Originally Posted by smokeythecat View Post
    Cariboo5, plant material can be covered with iron oxide and stay that way for years. I have DUST in my house that does the same thing! Did you find the nugget? I have an ounce and a half nugget from Georgia, but I bought it some years ago. Biggest I have ever found is about 8 grams.
    Yes, well over 20 years ago. I suppose it may very well be plant material. Looking through the microscope it shows the barbs are pointing forward off of the main stem
    similar to this drawing I found online.


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