[meteorite-list] Ad - Must See!
From: Mark Bowling <minador_at_meteoritecentral.com>
Date: Thu, 3 Sep 2015 04:53:42 +0000 (UTC)
Dr. Erik Melchiorre would be good to contact.
He recently gave an exciting talk at the Arizona Geological Society about in situ nugget growth in that specific region. While it looks to be a melted button, considering where it was found (both depth and region), it's probably an excellent example of the unusual natural processes he's been researching. The purity is definitely in the correct range. He could probably provide valuable information or add an interesting twist to the story for interested collectors.
He's been using a Niton or similar instrument to test any nugget he can get his hands on for his work, and he would probably love the opportunity to examine this specimen. I believe he's now on sabbatical to focus on field work/nugget testing around Arizona.
Have Niton, will travel (?)
If you know anybody with a good gold collection, please put them in touch. He's pretty discrete with details considering the risk/value/secrecy surrounding gold collections and locations.
From: Frank Carroll via Meteorite-list <meteorite-list at meteoritecentral.com>
To: Raremeteorites via Meteorite-list <meteorite-list at meteoritecentral.com>; Raremeteorites <raremeteorites at centurylink.net>
Sent: Wednesday, September 2, 2015 9:52 AM
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That last photo shows some nice nuggets
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> On Sep 2, 2015, at 9:51 AM, Raremeteorites via Meteorite-list <meteorite-list at meteoritecentral.com> wrote:
> The fact is that it was found in a gold bearing area at a depth of over 12". I talked and discussed the images with Dr. Ted Bunch since he lives in the area and is familiar with local gold finds. It test 18 to 22K which is inline with gold found in the region. If you look at the images carefully, you will see secondary mineral build up on the crystallized side of the nugget. I suggested to Dr. Bunch that it might be a miner's button since it is so odd. A miner's button is where they take smaller pieces of gold and melt them into a larger piece which is easier to handle and weigh out. He stated that any way you look at it, it is a gold nugget. It was found near a creek and not in it, so the rounding and smoothing you see on other placer nuggets would not have taken place thus the rough appearance. Dr. Bunch stated to me that he believes it is natural since he has seen all shapes and sizes of gold from the area.
> Here are some other images of other gold nuggets found a the same depth and not in a stream or creek. All of them are real.
> Rye Patch Gold:
> I will take Dr. Bunches opinion over that of Mike Farmers any day,
> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Peter Davidson via Meteorite-list" <meteorite-list at meteoritecentral.com>
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> Sent: Wednesday, September 02, 2015 12:58 AM
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