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  1. #1
    us
    Master of MeteorWRONG

    Dec 2012
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    Cool Gold at the bottom of the Rio Grande Basin? I got some!

    Ok so its been told to me by several people that there is more fine gold at the bottom of the Rio Grande Basin, (specifically Albuquerque and above) than has ever been mined.. Its a mixture of Sandstone and minerals and with 3345 earthquakes a year (very small 1 to 4 riktor) it has to be settling.. so i went a little higher (the banks 300million years ago were a little higher) and took some sandstone samples.. nada.. on my way home i saw something that caught my eye. I grabbed a few samples (50lbs or so) and headed home with the tired kiddos and the sun-burnt wife.

    So here i am at 1:30 am on a Sunday cant sleep digging thru samples and went outside to grab up the pieces that have been hit with Rain for the past couple of weeks. (I know haha) we needed the rain..yay! anyhoo.. there I was grinning from ear to ear.. These photos dont quite do the sandstone Justice. but WOW! A right ON! moment! Click image for larger version. 

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    I'm crushing and panning it tomorrow I'll post the results.. And this makes me soo glad i mark my "Garden rocks" with the grid coords... lol Future use Pays! so does digging around thru your old Rocks!
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  2. #2
    us
    Jul 2013
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    good find. keep us posted.

  3. #3
    us
    Jul 2012
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    Now if you could just get down to the bottom of the basin under the sediments, 14,000 feet down. That is where the largest deposit most likely would have settled. Although, it would be interesting to see if any clay, or more dense layers, had created concentrated pay layers between the top and the bottom.

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    May 2012
    nevada
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    Looks kinda like my partly cloudy night sky - can't wait to see results from crushing!

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    us
    Master of MeteorWRONG

    Dec 2012
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    Ground it up and made "Mud" started to wash out the tub and this fell out along with 6 or 7 more. Click image for larger version. 

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    At first I thought ohh great more lead.. took a handful put em in the crucible, and began to heat em to melt em down to separate out the gold got it to 900 degrees.. red hot not melting.. put some Boric acid on the mash and nothing.. ok cranked it to 1350 degrees... nothing no pooling nada ok time to break out the Oxy-acetylene torch (of course its empty) so tomorrow i'm off to get the tanks filled.. 1350 is hot enough to melt silver ore.. and i didn't get squat I'm now beginning to wonder do i have Silver nuggies with a high content of gold/ plat? Click image for larger version. 

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ID:	846182..God I hope so.. Ill post the melt tomorrow! PS let me know what you think!!
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    us
    Master of MeteorWRONG

    Dec 2012
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    OK so here is the panout..now mind you i cant quite get it completely clean due to the Silver .. but this shure is SWEET!Click image for larger version. 

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    us
    Master of MeteorWRONG

    Dec 2012
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    Ohh and PS 1198.08 Grams, or 34.77 OZ, or 2.34 LBS! Gold wieght / plat/ silver breakdown not known.. Will post these when i get the Asssay back..YAY! soo stoked!
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  8. #8

    Dec 2012
    on the rocks - so cal county line
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    pick up all rocks that beep wiith the Goldbug pro

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dustedyou View Post
    Ohh and PS 1198.08 Grams, or 34.77 OZ, or 2.34 LBS! Gold wieght / plat/ silver breakdown not known.. Will post these when i get the Asssay back..YAY! soo stoked!
    So your like 20-30,000 richer ??

  10. #10
    us
    Master of MeteorWRONG

    Dec 2012
    Albuquerque
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    Quote Originally Posted by chriseneim View Post

    So your like 20-30,000 richer ??
    Nahhh I think there is a lot of silver in it... I do hope tho other is at least 2 oz of gold..lol

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    us
    Period Six Mining and Exploration, LLC

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    VERY NICE!!!!

    Your making me want to risk the wife's wrath over the rock in the front yard now.
    Mining is how I make my living. I turn mountains into dust on a daily basis.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dustedyou View Post

    Nahhh I think there is a lot of silver in it... I do hope tho other is at least 2 oz of gold..lol
    I didn't do to bad this weekend either. Oozing with gold. I don't think I want to crush this. Ha the big rock has a big chunk on the end. Any good ideas brotha. Kinda bad Lighting ill get some better pics for ya.
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    Last edited by chriseneim; Aug 23, 2013 at 02:57 AM.
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  13. #13
    us
    Master of MeteorWRONG

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    Quote Originally Posted by chriseneim View Post
    I didn't do to bad this weekend either. Oozing with gold. I don't think I want to crush this. Ha the big rock has a big chunk on the end. Any good ideas brotha. Kinda bad Lighting ill get some better pics for ya.
    looks good m8! ya im seeing pyrite but im also seeing GOLD! yay!

 

 

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