Softball sized rocks setting off the detectors here in North Georgia

AmericanGeode

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Hello,
I am detecting a heavily wooded area near Cleveland, Georgia, in White County. There are no Civil War fields or camps in the area, but a lot of old logging roads.

Found a spot that was promising, but I just kept pulling up stones about the size of your hand. There is a a lot of quartz in the area, potential for gold.

But without spending much time on these rocks, what is the most likely explanation for rocks that set off the detector? Does Mica set off a detector? There is also the possibility for meteorites, but I know how slight that chance is.

Any insight about finding rocks, or better yet, how to avoid finding rocks, would be very appreciated.
Thank you.
 
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AusTexDude

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Hello,
I am detecting a heavily wooded area near Cleveland, Georgia, in White County. There are no Civil War fields or camps in the area, but a lot of old logging roads.

Found a spot that was promising, but I just kept pulling up stones about the size of your hand. There is a a lot of quartz in the area, potential for gold.

But without spending much time on these rocks, what is the most likely explanation for rocks that set off the detector? Does Mica set off a detector? There is also the possibility for meteorites, but I know how slight that chance is.

Any insight about finding rocks, or better yet, how to avoid finding rocks, would be very appreciated.
Thank you.

If you are finding softball sized meteorites, you're in the money.

Could be just iron ore deposits.
 

galenrog

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Post pics of a few once you have washed a few with water and a scrub brush. That will help determine what they may be.

Time for more coffee.
 

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1st - I noticed this was your very first post - so, Welcome Aboard AmericanGeode! Take a look at Forum: Georgia for information (i.e., clubs, etc.) directly related to your state.

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2nd - I agree with galenrog - A picture(s) is worth a zillion words! If you are having problems posting pictures - take a look at: How to post pictures with your story...
 

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Welcome to Tnet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . :hello:
 

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Welcome to T-Net AmericanGeode! Please try to post some pictures. Thanks
 

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Hot rocks - ick! A lot of granites are "hot" due to iron and other minerals in them. Gold also occurs near some granite deposits as both came up from the depths.
 
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AmericanGeode

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Thank you. I will make sure they continue to set off the detector, clean up, and post. Thanks again.
 
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AmericanGeode

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Thank you for the welcome. Can't believe I forgot to post photos in the first place, but will do that. Thanks again.
 
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AmericanGeode

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Hello. I had hernia surgery and was out of commission for a while. I was able to get out this past Saturday.

What I am finding, as many of you suggested are hot rocks. I am in North Georgia, where I have learned here they are not uncommon.

What I encounter is a high frequency beep and a low beep in the same location. Does that sound right? Then almost assuredly I find a softball sized rock.

How to best filter out hot rocks please? Is that a function of Sensitivity, or of the Notch please? Attached here is my detector. Any suggestions to stop wasting time with hot rock, or should I allow the high and low beep be the indication? Thank you! IMG_6225.JPG
 
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AmericanGeode

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I do keep finding hot rocks. Do you have a suggestion for avoiding spending so much time on hot rocks? Thank you.
 

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