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    Something completely different

    Well, I went "prospecting" with my metal detector today. No gold...27 cents and misc cra*...I posted in todays finds if you're interested...but check this out. I did not get a tone on this rock, but wtf is a piece of volcanic rock doing here on this river bank?!! My first thought was meteorite but wth do I know? Mount Saint Helen's? Planted? Speculations, SWAG's are encouraged
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    Hmm, I should have posted something to show scale. It's about the size of a grapefruit.
    Last edited by Jeff95531; May 29, 2013 at 12:18 AM. Reason: clarification

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    us
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    Jeff95531, I could tell it was the size of a grapefruit because it looked about the size of my head. Anyway.

    Is it magnetic though I'd guess not as your detector did not overload? It does look like it has gas bubbles. From the picture I see two colors a black and a brown, is that what it is in real life? Is it physically heavy or light in weight? It appears to have sharp edges as well as rounded ones. If it were broken I wonder if it would look like Obsidian, that is a glassy fracture surface? Way too big for a petrified fish dropping but then maybe not?

    I agree, it is something completely different! (In case you've noticed, I am on a wild streak tonight! Just havin fun)
    Out searching w/GMT & friend under my arm

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    ca
    Mar 2013
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    I have seen pieces just like that in gas fireplaces, BBQ grills and pits. If it's not native to your area, maybe someone dumped some stuff out there and it worked it's way to where you found it. Just a thought.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 63bkpkr View Post
    Jeff95531, I could tell it was the size of a grapefruit because it looked about the size of my head. Anyway.

    Is it magnetic though I'd guess not as your detector did not overload? It does look like it has gas bubbles. From the picture I see two colors a black and a brown, is that what it is in real life? Is it physically heavy or light in weight? It appears to have sharp edges as well as rounded ones. If it were broken I wonder if it would look like Obsidian, that is a glassy fracture surface? Way too big for a petrified fish dropping but then maybe not?

    I agree, it is something completely different! (In case you've noticed, I am on a wild streak tonight! Just havin fun)
    Not magnetic. It does have gas bubbles. The colors also include rust and gray. It is very light compared to it's size.
    I've seen volcanic rock as a child in ID, along with obsidian. This rock definitely does not belong to the area in which it was found. Way too fragile to survive among the similar sized but way heavier normal river rock.

    and I too had a little bit of fun last night. Karen went to bed early and what a coincidence, the bar opened at the same time I just got up LOL
    Last edited by Jeff95531; May 29, 2013 at 01:54 PM.

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    donald peterson

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    could be slag..if it is volcanic...there are numerous sites it could be from...i was up on the russian river for a while..found the strangest things in that water...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Island_Hunter View Post
    I have seen pieces just like that in gas fireplaces, BBQ grills and pits. If it's not native to your area, maybe someone dumped some stuff out there and it worked it's way to where you found it. Just a thought.
    I agree. Since we targeted camping spots on the river because of the 3 day weekend, someone MUST have dumped it there. My wife said it smelled like smoke too.

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    us
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    Quote Originally Posted by secretcanyon View Post
    could be slag..if it is volcanic...there are numerous sites it could be from...i was up on the russian river for a while..found the strangest things in that water...
    Interesting:
    (Per wiki) "Slag is a partially vitreous by-product of the process of smelting ore, which separates the desired metal fraction from the unwanted fraction. Slag is usually a mixture of metal oxides and silicon dioxide. However, slags can contain metal sulfides and metal atoms in the elemental form. While slags are generally used to remove waste in metal smelting, they can also serve other purposes, such as assisting in the temperature control of the smelting, and minimizing any re-oxidation of the final liquid metal product before the molten metal is removed from the furnace and used to make solid metal."

    Maybe an old mining by-product?

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    I'm still trying to decipher "SWAG"!! Its hard being from pre-social media era. Swig Wine And Guess?

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    us
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fullpan View Post
    I'm still trying to decipher "SWAG"!! Its hard being from pre-social media era. Swig Wine And Guess?
    close
    SWAG: Strategic Wild A** Guess
    Fullpan and B H Prospector like this.

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    Lol, I like the swag.... Gonna have to use that at work ;-)

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    Hey Grasshopper! You want some wild geology you need to head on down my way. We've got volcanic rocks in just about any color ya want. It's been driving me nuts! Will e-mail you later if the computer keeps working for a change. Time to replace this dinosaur for sure!
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    us
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    Good to see you back Jeff Lots o stuff been breaking lately

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    Master of MeteorWRONG

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    its basalt ( a little copper maybe) but Basalt... pretty .. might even float if its dried out ... lol Click image for larger version. 

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