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    Quote Originally Posted by winners58 View Post
    I'd say Leaverite I don't see anything worth bringing home, one of the links you posted has the maps you should be looking at,
    they show all the locations of tailing piles and detailed lines of the quartz veins, one for each of the 64 locations on the map you like
    https://novascotia.ca/natr/meb/downl...m_2009-001.asp
    an example showing Montague; (zoom to 100% latitude on side, longitude on top at the edge of the map)
    http://novascotia.ca/natr/meb/data/m...001_s28_dp.pdf
    Still trying to narrow down which of the 64 location maps apply directly to my property, it cuts off in the waverley map 1km away from where I am. The Montegue map cuts off about 7km away. Shouldn't be too hard to track down, but not expecting to find site specific data on it anyways, just will give me more info on my immediate area. (Guessing the same map as central halifax / dartmouth) I am using a similar map showing bedrock geology in my specific zone which has been useful ... I think the link you provided will be great to use for provincial exploring. Not sure how it works in everyone else's areas but here you pay $30 for a lifetime prospectors licence and then you can work a site at ground level using hand tools one day per year per site.

    The stone that isn't obviously white or red quartz (which is not the majority stone in that pic above) I had a hard time justifying dragging home. I still can't determine if it is quartz, really messy gypsum, fossil matter ... im under the impression it is too "soft" to be granite. As posted above many times I will have to crush it and see if there are any values to it to see if I completely wasted my time. At the very least, I have obtained a new interest, will learn technique to crush stone, and will have all the needed basic tools to learn more very soon.
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    Gold is easy to crush and pan but there are other values worth considering also. There is probably silver or copper if there is gold and all those by-products can really add up.
    Good luck out there. You're on the right track.
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  3. #138

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    Quote Originally Posted by NovaScotiaGold View Post
    In my immediate area I was led to believe that the remaining tailings after the Stamp mills were done with the quartz it was sand. They dumped it all over the local area beaches. There is still a large pile down the road by some rail tracks. Have been looking at the history of the neighboring Montague mine site for more viable tailings. This was a suggestion of a local hobby prospector as well.

    Said I'd share a photo of my collected samples for crushing and panning
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    If your interesting in learning...what you have there is a collection of mostly granite rocks, with the exception of the rocks circled below, which might possibly be quartz.
    I agree - I don't see anything I'd take home to crush.

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    Gold can be embedded into granite, but it is very uncommon.
    More likely, you would find gold in a contact zone where the country rock changes from granite to another type of rock.
    Sometimes there are very thin stringers of quartz that run through granite that carry gold and this usually occurs in the vicinity of a contact zone.

    Apparently earlier, you crushed a sample and got a piece of gold. You said you packed home 1000 pounds of highly mineralized quartz (and buried it for safe keeping)...What does this material look like? It would seem obvious that you would zero in on that same type of rock.


    Where in that photo do you think you have red quartz?
    Last edited by IMAUDIGGER; Sep 14, 2017 at 10:14 AM.
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  4. #139

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    The majority of gold in your area is supposed to be quartz vein deposits.

    I would learn what quartz looks like, then look for a vein of quartz.
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    Rarely does granite have any mineable values. Sometimes (rarely) gold can be found in hydrothermal deposits in the faults and intersections adjacent to granite country rock.

    Pictures are not the best way to judge mineral types but I don't see any signs of mineralization, hydrothermal or otherwise, in any of your "samples".

    For your mystery material see:

    Saprolite

    Saprolite Granite

    Educate yourself and prosper!

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  6. #141

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    Quote Originally Posted by IMAUDIGGER View Post
    If your interesting in learning...what you have there is a collection of mostly granite rocks, with the exception of the rocks circled below, which might possibly be quartz.
    I agree - I don't see anything I'd take home to crush.

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    Gold can be embedded into granite, but it is very uncommon.
    More likely, you would find gold in a contact zone where the country rock changes from granite to another type of rock.
    Sometimes there are very thin stringers of quartz that run through granite that carry gold and this usually occurs in the vicinity of a contact zone.

    Apparently earlier, you crushed a sample and got a piece of gold. You said you packed home 1000 pounds of highly mineralized quartz (and buried it for safe keeping)...What does this material look like? It would seem obvious that you would zero in on that same type of rock.


    Where in that photo do you think you have red quartz?
    Hey, thanks for the input. I re-arranged the material I see as white quartz which represents best in this photo: Click image for larger version. 

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ID:	1494343 the quartz stone in the back row is still attached to host rock.

    What I saw as red quartz was these:
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    Others that show micro quartz veins in my opinion are these: Click image for larger version. 

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    I believe this is granite:
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    (Largest one not convinced due to how brittle it is)

    The mystery material is what I found my metal in. When I cracked a small chunk off of the main stone and crushed it.

    I believe you and clay may be right ... the mystery material that I gathered most weight in is no longer granite as I would recognize it but I could see how it could be decomposed granite particles mixed with clay making some sort of granite / clay / sandstone morph ... looking further into it
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  7. #142

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    Ok - first photo shows quartz or quartz attached to the country rock.

    Second photo - more quartz. on the right side of the picture.
    4th (bottom) picture. I can't be sure, but I'd say the larger rock on the top is quartz. The rest being granite.

    Which picture shows the type of rock you crushed and got gold? EDIT Ok you got the gold out of the larger rock in the last picture.
    That is the only rock that I probably would be interested in crushing.

    Why are you messing around with all the rest of these rocks?
    Last edited by IMAUDIGGER; Sep 14, 2017 at 06:29 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by IMAUDIGGER View Post
    Ok - first photo shows quartz or quartz attached to the country rock.

    Second photo - more quartz. on the right side of the picture.
    4th (bottom) picture. I can't be sure, but I'd say the larger rock on the top is quartz. The rest being granite.

    Which picture shows the type of rock you crushed and got gold? EDIT Ok you got the gold out of the larger rock in the last picture.
    That is the only rock that I probably would be interested in crushing.

    Why are you messing around with all the rest of these rocks?
    Sorry this has been unclear. The mystery material that I got my metal out of, and the rock I acquired the most mass (closer to 800lbs) of which is all uniformed in appearance and consistency as far as I can tell visually and does not "fit classic granite" would be all this stuff:
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    Here is one of these stones (same size and appearance as stone I crushed previously) shown from all viewable angles: (in photo above the center stone is where this sample and the one I crushed came off of)
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    ... why am I messing with these other rocks? .... honestly? ... feels like a form of compulsion. ... I don't exactly know why I all of a sudden care about geology ... I was content or so I thought ... a series of media clips, conversations and dreams? I don't know.
    Last edited by NovaScotiaGold; Sep 14, 2017 at 07:46 PM.

  9. #144
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    Quote Originally Posted by NovaScotiaGold View Post
    Sorry this has been unclear. The mystery material that I got my metal out of, and the rock I acquired the most mass (closer to 800lbs) of which is all uniformed in appearance and consistency as far as I can tell visually and does not "fit classic granite" would be all this stuff:
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ID:	1494396 about 40% of what I drug home. The other ones are over 100lbs each and there are 4 of them. I opened the tail of my mini van and rolled them down a ramp out into the side of my driveway.

    Here is one of these stones (same size and appearance as stone I crushed previously) shown from all viewable angles: (in photo above the center stone is where this sample and the one I crushed came off of)
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    ... why am I messing with these other rocks? .... honestly? ... feels like a form of compulsion. ... I don't exactly know why I all of a sudden care about geology ... I was content or so I thought ... a series of media clips, conversations and dreams? I don't know.
    Second to the last rock appears to have large grains that may have cooled underground slowly. Try crushing more of this type of rock to see if it has any values.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Assembler View Post
    Second to the last rock appears to have large grains that may have cooled underground slowly. Try crushing more of this type of rock to see if it has any values.
    All same exact stone, different angle on each. Thank you! The angle you identified is the clean recent break. (Not oxidized)
    Last edited by NovaScotiaGold; Sep 14, 2017 at 08:29 PM.

  11. #146

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    Been a while since I posted. Following directions given so far this is now what I am most interested in:

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    Worth hauling out and seeing under it?

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    Another few stones within feet.

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