Ok so i did a s.g. on some of the rock and yes u are 100% correct about false reading, especially on raw material. But when s.g. weighing is involved there's no way to misidentify minerals, unless major impurities or inclusions, am I correct? None the less none of which came up as 2.65s.g.(quartz) they came up as 2.62(albite) and 2.7-2.81 which I would suspect to be beryl family. How do I gain more Knowledge and/or ability to know what I have so I can sell anything
Can't see 'em. Tried crushing and panning some? Or even take some dirt from the floor and pan.
I had to down size the photo significantly to load it up, but theres looks to be wire gold and flecks, I'm going to scrape up the floor and bring it home in some buckets and see whats in the pan
The picture looks like lava. There was a "very explosive" volcano in the Austin area so maybe it is a lava bomb that was ejected from that volcano or maybe a closer one that long ago eroded totally away. Check this link or google volcanoes in texas. https://www.google.com/search?q=anc...ome..69i57.16405j1j7&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8
Also this one. https://www.google.com/search?q=lav.....69i57j0l5.9781j0j7&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8
Well...Austin would be about 90 miles away and it's quite heavy and dense to be a lava bomb.
So as for weighing, triple checking and making sure that the s.g. is correct, I have and continue to recheck the minerals. Between impurities and erroneous scales, and my probablity of miscalculation. I continue to do it the scientific way, test, retest until there is a trend. But as far as getting into classes/able to have someone else check it /a way to get the information besides by my own studying online and trial and error, I have no easy way to get it out there and be able to sell/identify what I have and be positive so I can make money. But if I'm on the right track I would hope that with time patience and understanding I would be at "the top of my game". I just don't have the ability to get outta town to get to a professional opinion or the confidence to put it online without credentials and make something more than a few dollars at a time. I hate complaining, asking for help when not necessary, or speaking about my problems, but we have (my wife and myself) have no vehicle, no money, living off the grid around Mt. Shasta, around a bunch of beautiful minerals, which we love, and hope to make even a little bit of a living from the land around us, and by something we enjoy. And it's minerals, hell they are so awesome!