Anyone ever use UV light on old mine tailings at night?
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  1. #1
    Zym
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    Jan 2007
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    Anyone ever use UV light on old mine tailings at night?

    After doing a little reading it seems most precious and semi-precious stones glow under short wave UV light. It also seems that gems are often found in gold baring areas. My though is this: A deep-cycle battery, power inverter, and a few extension cords mounted on a dolly, roll it out to the old mine tailings at night, and see if anything lights up. I've got everything I need already except the light, and it's on it's way via e-bay.

    Has anyone ever tried this? Does anyone have any thoughts?
    Thanks,
    Zym

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    se
    Sep 2006
    Sweden
    White's V3, Minelab Explorer II & XP Deus.
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    Re: Anyone ever use UV light on old mine tailings at night?

    Um...What? lol!

    Sure there are some rocks that are florescent though not all are precious in anyway, there is a good mix in there.

    There are good UV lamps for mineral hunting like:
    http://www.minerox.com/index.cfm?fus...roduct_ID=1436
    http://www.mamasminerals.com/Merchan...ry_Code=EQUUVL

    Food for thought:
    http://www.minershop.com/html/uv_field_lamps.html

    Mineral tables:

    Short wave:
    http://mineral.galleries.com/mineral...tabl.htm#short

    Long Wave:
    http://mineral.galleries.com/mineral...otabl.htm#long


    Hope this helps.

    Good hunting!
    Eu
    Geologists are gneiss, tuff, and a little wacke.

 

 

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