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Post  buzzdog on Sun Sep 04, 2011 2:15 pm

Hi all,
Was just wondering if anyone out there would be able to assist us in identifying what this metal is, if at all?

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Post  Guest on Sun Sep 04, 2011 2:45 pm

merc on gold in Quartz? not real clear but---

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Post  buzzdog on Sun Sep 04, 2011 8:47 pm

Murachu wrote:merc on gold in Quartz? not real clear but---

How do you mean merc on gold?
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Post  kon61 on Sun Sep 04, 2011 9:01 pm



G'day Buzzdog.

Any chance of getting a clearer shot of the specimen?

Cheers kon61.
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Post  buzzdog on Sun Sep 04, 2011 10:27 pm

kon61 wrote:

G'day Buzzdog.

Any chance of getting a clearer shot of the specimen?

Cheers kon61.

Evening kon61,
I will certainly give it a crack. The metal, or what ever the hell it is, appears to be silver in colour . I don't think it's gold, but with my limited knowledge of metals and what they look like in their natural form, I'm at a loss as to what it is?
If it helps, it was found in a river bed within the Katherine reigon?
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Post  Guest on Mon Sep 05, 2011 12:52 am

buzzdog wrote:
Murachu wrote:merc on gold in Quartz? not real clear but---

How do you mean merc on gold?

It could be Mercury attached to the gold in the quartz

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Post  kon61 on Mon Sep 05, 2011 9:13 am



G'day Buzzdog.

Check to see if its magnetic it might be a specimen mixture of (quartz and tin). If not magnetic and not a form of crystal/mica, I'd have to agree with Murachus' answer.

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Post  buzzdog on Mon Sep 05, 2011 7:56 pm

Murachu wrote:
buzzdog wrote:
Murachu wrote:merc on gold in Quartz? not real clear but---

How do you mean merc on gold?

It could be Mercury attached to the gold in the quartz

G'day Murachu,
Finding Mercury attached to gold in the quartz, does this occur often in the wild?


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G'day Buzzdog.

Check to see if its magnetic it might be a specimen mixture of (quartz and tin). If not magnetic and not a form of crystal/mica, I'd have to agree with Murachus' answer.

Cheers kon61.


Evening kon61,
I ran a magnet over this metal and nothing? I was kinda expecting some sort of attractant but nothing?
Please bare in mind that I'm new to this so I don't really have a large vocabulary of how to describe raw metals in rocks, so please forgive us for this downfall, a downfall which I'm currently trying to rectify.

Cheers

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Post  Guest on Mon Sep 05, 2011 8:09 pm

Could be a pyrite crystal, check it out with a good magnifying glass, if it is a pyrite crystal it will have an obvious pentagon structure "5 sides"?
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Post  buzzdog on Mon Sep 05, 2011 8:15 pm

someday wrote:Could be a pyrite crystal, check it out with a good magnifying glass, if it is a pyrite crystal it will have an obvious pentagon structure "5 sides"?
Cheers

I will check it out...but to be honest, it almost looks like melted solder yet it doesn't seem to blemish?
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Post  kon61 on Mon Sep 05, 2011 8:21 pm


G'day Buzzdog.

No apologies required Buzz.We all do the best we can to help one another.Sharing knowledge,that's what this Forums all about.

Cheers kon61.
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Post  Guest on Mon Sep 05, 2011 9:45 pm

It happens in the wild by picking up mercury lost by ol timers in a creek or from a battery where the specimen was lost

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Post  Brickie on Sun Sep 11, 2011 10:55 am

Some ol timer opal miner I met on the fields years ago told me there is Platinum out there somewhere in Nt.
Ive got it marked on a map somewhere but buggered if I can find the map. scratch
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Post  Guest on Sun Sep 11, 2011 11:24 am

Palladium ore maybe but not platinum Very Happy

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Post  buzzdog on Sun Sep 11, 2011 8:10 pm

Murachu wrote:Palladium ore maybe but not platinum Very Happy

Interesting, it could very be...although with my luck I'd say is some crappy piece of crap that has been left from an old timer...I'm not that lucky.
Cheers anyway Murachu.
Is Palladium a common metal?
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Post  Guest on Mon Sep 12, 2011 12:21 am

it becomes platinum after its refined I think --palladium is the ore its found in --- I stand to be corrected Very Happy

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Post  Brickie on Mon Sep 12, 2011 6:04 am

Two totally different metals.
platinum is often found chemically uncombined as native platinum. Because it occurs naturally in the alluvial sands of various rivers,
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Platinum

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Palladium
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Post  Guest on Mon Sep 12, 2011 11:58 am

thanks Brickie I stands corrected Very Happy

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Post  GoldstalkerGPX on Mon Sep 12, 2011 12:00 pm

Murachu, from reports I have read there is platinum to be had at Beechworth, only it is not to be seen with the naked eye.
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Post  philski on Wed May 09, 2012 8:18 pm

Its Galena by the look of it, Silver lead ore. Flat and mirror like is it? sorry, the photo is a tad blurry.
if it where Sphalerite it would look darker and if a native Platinum group it would be a dull metalic grayish silver. Native silver generally grows in fine wires. Although, It may be electrum. The Quartz looks very, gold loving. But i would have to say Galena. Not a bad thing, Galena is the richest source of silver in the world and generally has trace gold. Just depends on if it has a flat crystal face or is rounded as to what it is.
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Post  deutran on Wed May 09, 2012 9:03 pm

From time to time I have found small metallic pieces that are mirrorlike when broken and reasonably soft in that you can break off pieces with your thumnail.Galena sounds good as its non-magnetic and usually has some silver content.I was thinking of antimony as well but its not very conductive.
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