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1/12/22 Gold Basin Meteorite Hunt

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#1 Desertau

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Posted 14 January 2022 - 07:57 PM

First hunt for the new year made it out to the Gold Basin Placers for 3 days, first two days I scored 2 gold nuggets and one small meteorite and on the way home I stopped for a 1 hour hunt before hitting the highway home and scored 4 more the largest weighing 351g for a 3 day total of 404.04g.

 

https://ibb.co/SKkgRf9


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Posted 14 January 2022 - 09:03 PM

The two largest pieces fit like puzzle pieces, they were found roughly 10 or 12 feet apart.

 

https://ibb.co/KqMMkwx


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Posted 14 January 2022 - 10:36 PM

It took a little time but the small piece I found within the same 10-12 foot circle fits too and the curves look lined up the way they should, I’m going to call this a match. 
 

https://ibb.co/SXCf7Y3
 

for the last two years I’ve been searching for a “larger” one, my biggest up to this point was 70 grams or so. I was hunting the 3 days with a new friend that just moved to southern Nevada. He’s 8 years into this and yet to find his first nugget so I really wanted him to find one this time. We’d been climbing hills 3 days without much luck I’d only found 2 tiny nuggets and 2 small meteorites and one of those I left on the hood of my Jeep, lol…so 2 tiny nuggets and 1 small meteorite. 
 

one of the nuggets was kind of interesting it was crystalline gold, but when I said tiny… they are side by side on the scale.

 

https://ibb.co/VCshrwk
https://ibb.co/GFZH47h

 

A whopping .22g ($12), vs 25 gallons of gas in the Jeep but factor in no gym membership and all the fun, I’m way ahead.

 

I was running a Minelab 6000 with an 11” Mono coil, this detector is very sensitive to the tiniest of targets and very good for meteorites, just luck sometimes you turn right and sometimes hunting you go left, this time I started out right and at the edge of a shrub I got a screaming signal, like an aluminum can was under the coil or large bullet near the surface, scraping away an inch of soil with my boot the signal was still there. This is a good sign, trash sits on the surface usually although some can be deep… meteorites are usually shallow at least the small ones out there but they have a distinctive sound, this one was now louder. Scraping dirt down about 4 inches moved the target and reaching in to get a scoop full of dirt to run over the coil I grabbed a very dense heavy rock with fusion crust obvious even covered in dirt, yippie.

 

my friend found only trash… next time


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Posted 15 January 2022 - 09:08 AM

I like all the finds, but particularly the gold. You're definitely in the right place. Thanks for sharing!

 

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