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Zooka
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I have a chunk of rock with (alleged) ruby a friend picked up in Kabul. Now where will I find a UV light?

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Re: Bacon n' Beans in the Land of Lapis Lazuli

Hi Steppe,
Been off line for 'bout a year and a half so been outta touch. Previous to being off line I'd mentioned/posted directions for constructing a very simple solar still designed for destilling water in arid areas. Here is but one of many sites on this topic as a sort of reminder. http://www.ehow.com/how_12584_make-solar-still.html
Just wonderin', have the folks your way been able to apply these types of stills?

  
Steppegold2
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Hi Syzygz,
sorry it took me so long to reply. Too much work (and too many parties - Ed). Ahem.

In Mongolia, nobody uses the Solar Still! The reasons are historical, cultural and maybe genetic. Mongolians just don't drink much water, which is a good idea for people living in a semi-desert (steppe) to desert (gobi). However I notice that an extraordinary number of Mongolians eventually get kidney problems, presumably for this very reason. So, when you and I are craving was water they are not.

I really must get this idea going here, so many thanks for the heads up!

Steppe

  
Steppegold2
12:49:06 Tue
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Back in the Land of the Free (Mongolia that is...), I've been trying to find a REAL FAST SHORT CUT TO PUTTING A MAP IN 3-D.

The dream was to see if while drinking a cup of coffee to put a geological map or a contour map or whatever map into a 3-D landscape.

The problem for me (and me too - Ed) was that the "proper way" to do this is rather involved.

I wanted to come up with a way that don't involve geeks, boffins, fizzycysts or NASA scientists, and without having to punch into my PC any software, funny codes, or even any numbers. Oh yeah and no latitude or longitude or funny grids either.

Eventually I solved it. Its not perfect, but it took ONE CUP OF COFFEE and no trickery.

And if I can do it, so can you guys and gals.

Here is the usual 3-D view in Google Earth of Bamiyan (nice peaceful place)....



Here it is moments later with a Russian 1:50000 topographic map locked onto it and also in 3-D



Its not a perfect fit, but its good enough for "the car" and for "pottering about" and hey I like it!

(Er How did you do it? - Ed) Ah let's have a little tease of a quiz for all our assorted Wizards. Let's see if Geo_JIm, Kringle, Zooka... ...and all the other mappers can do it.

To enter the competition, just solve "how to do it". In the end all you have to do is do it WITHOUT software, lat, long, altitude, projection and such-like.

Competition ends on Christmas Day!

Steppe

  
Steppegold2
13:12:10 Tue
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(Steppe, can you show me again please? Ed). Sure, its real easy!

Step 1- get a coffee.

Step 2 - turn on Google Earth



Step 3 - Say "it can't be this easy surely?"

Step 4 - Say OOOOH!




SPECIAL CHRISTMAS OFFER!!

Post your geological map or contour map on this thread BEFORE Christmas Day, and I'll post it up in 3-D - if I can.

Go for it!


Steppe:welcome:
[1 edits; Last edit by Steppegold2 at 13:20:13 Tue Dec 23 2008]

  
Reno_Chris
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Pic 1: Black mineral is a tourmaline variance called schorl
Pic 2: Tourmaline green to darker blue indicolite
Pic 3: Chris this is how I picture ruby in a matrix of marble.


Sorry for my slow response - its been a busy month.
I totally agree on your call for pics 1 and 3. I have seen afgan ruby in person that looked very much like these. Pic 2 however really appears to be low grade emerald - beryl.

Chris



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Steppegold2
17:52:12 Mon
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Hi Chris

Well, I'll try and get the answer soon. Tomorrow I fly from Mongolia back to Afghanistan (Ulaanbaatar - Beijing - Dubai - Kabul) and see what the minerals really are!

And I'll be in Afghanistan until 1st April, so my posts on the Forum will not be so often. (nor mine, Ed)

cheers

Steppe

  
Steppegold2
18:00:45 Mon
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What's in this pan?

I took Mandy to the Central Post Office to buy some stamps. Guess what? - we found a stamp about panning!!!

:gonetoofar: :gonetoofar: :gonetoofar:


(Steppe, they should use a hand lens or their eyeballs will roll out - Ed)

Steppe
[2 edits; Last edit by Steppegold2 at 18:02:15 Mon Dec 29 2008]

  
Steppegold2
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Hmm, with the price of gold set to rocket up, looks like every wedding ring is up for grabs!

  
nuggets
18:05:36 Mon
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Have a safe trip steppe and wish you all the best for the new year :smile:

  
Steppegold2
18:08:20 Mon
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Hi Nuggets, thanks for the kind thought!

Steppe

  
JOE_S_INDY
18:11:07 Mon
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And so I wish you well, as well.

PM

Joe



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Steppegold2
18:18:21 Mon
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(Gee, Steppe is that life in Kabul?) Er not quite I hope!
:devil:

  
Steppegold2
18:28:20 Mon
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HI Joe, Happy New Year to you and yours. I'll be in Kabul on New Years Day.
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(Steppe, no more frivolous pics of stamps please, this is supposed to be about gold.... Ed). Hmmm, as you so wish.

Lets see. How about a 22-carat stamp?



:smile:

This is a Happy-New-Year-I'm-in-Kabul present to Chimee.

The bloke is Mr. G. Khaan himself. He is Mongolia's national hero, and the stamp was produced to commmerate him being 'Man of the Millenium'.
:confused:

  
Steppegold2
18:31:52 Mon
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As I'd never ever seen a gold stamp before, I was intrigued to see the back:



If anyone knows of any other gold stamps please let the Forum know. And what is this backing material?

  
Steppegold2
18:38:34 Mon
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Happy New Year to Everyone from Mongolia

As it seems we all need cheering up after a not-so-good Year Of the Bushbaby, time to post some nice pics....


The stage set of the National Opera House last week!

(Steppe, that ain't vurry intrestin, Ed). Well le'ts try something more lively. How about the 2008 Annual Rotarian Party? (Groan, that must be a real dull none-event - Ed). Er well you might be in for a big of a shakeup on that one!!!

The Rotary Party had a competition of Rotarians and this is one of the entries...


(Geez, Steppe, pass me my bottle of tranquils - Ed). OK, but then it got really interesting....



(NNNurse!!! Ed)

  
Steppegold2
18:42:18 Mon
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(OK, Steppe, I took the pills. Er, can anyone join Rotary??? Ed)
:devil:

Well you may have to dance a bit...


Or dance like this...

Nice to see blokes stop drinkin and give their undivided pay attention to the ladies for a moment.

Or this...


(Nnnurse! Blindfold and ice please! Ed)
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Steppegold2
18:45:39 Mon
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Well, this is how the Three Stooges do a take on a Dance Band...


But at Rotary they have even less musicians, so here is a guy playin TWO at once!



Wow what a blast!

  
kringle_mining
19:28:18 Mon
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What a treat!
Those dames was goigeeous yuk yuk yuk
rrruff ruff........nnnnrufff!
Love the stooges... a depression era of entertainment

We've shouldda seen it in color



a happy productive New Year to ya Steppe


  
texok
18:23:31 Sat
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Would be interested in really good lapis.

  
texok
18:38:47 Sat
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Use a blow torch. If it is real, it will explode. If it is fake, it will just burn. I know, but you only asked how to tell the difference.

  
JOE_S_INDY
22:25:17 Sat
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Gold Stamp Backing




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kringle_mining
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Gold Detector from the 30's


  
honza_basta
20:37:27 Tue
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Quote: Steppegold2 at 17:15:35 Sat Nov 22 2008

Well, looks like I win the prize and have to eat the cow!

The answer is BONDED RUBBER...





The boggling thing is that this tiny device is STANDARD KIT among Peruvian prospectors and informal hard rock miners. Its used for testing a handful of ore crushed/milled by a geological hammer, or - less often - a quick check of tailings from a sluice. Of course it needs skill, plus good eyesight and/or good lens.

And they are not expensive. Way under 10$ each.

What does the team think?
:welcome:

Steppe


What about diamater of this micro-pan? My smallest chinese hat pan is 7inch. The pan on your pictures seems like caps for fence stakes - about 5inch diameter and sold for a few Czech crowns in local stores...:smile:


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Geo_Jim
18:20:53 Thu
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So Honza, tell us about the riffled pan in the last photo. Is it a riffled batea or a riffled pan. What is it made out of? Plastic? What is it diameter?
Geo Jim

  
JOE_S_INDY
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Quote: Steppegold2 at 17:52:12 Mon Dec 29 2008

Hi Chris

And I'll be in Afghanistan until 1st April, so my posts on the Forum will not be so often. (nor mine, Ed)

cheers

Steppe


Steppe! Were are you? Lost again? Did the whole town turned out to welcome you home? Month long party?

Inquiring minds want to know!!

Joe

  
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Yeah, what Joe said.....

We miss you and you have been gone too long.



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honza_basta
05:21:19 Fri
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Itīs riffled batea. Made right by my hands from 1mm HIPS (high impact poly styren) plastic. Diameter is 7inches. Itīs for home playing with small amounts of concentrates, or for the smallest children, as is my daughter.
Now Iīm goinī to poduce 100 these and 100 17inch smooth bateas for the local gold mining museum.



My daughter getting used for the small batea, during the Czech and Slovak goldpanning championships 2008.




She really enjoys it...




:gonetoofar:




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Geo_Jim
05:36:59 Fri
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Joe and Jim,
I have been emailing with Steppegold some in the last two weeks. So he is back in town, but he may be making short trips. His replies to me have been erratic.
Geo Jim

  

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