posted on Dec, 8 2011 @ 07:19 PM
Originally posted by copperhead12
I was looking at this "rock" and it looks to be just one element. Could the crust just be heavy oxidation? Any black streaks appear only on prior
cracks and fissures. to Little wolf-- silver/copper/lead would show copper color and also black or what ever color lead ore is, right?
To charleyv-I looked up meteorites and they seem to never be silver colored. Am I right?
By the way, the old man who hid these rocks had a old black cast iron pot in his back yard. It was full of black sand looking stuff. His son said it
was something his dad played around with but would never tell him what. All the old man would say was that he was makin' moonshine out of corn
No one was allowed inside his home and I got one quick look through the back door. Reminded me of "Hoarders"I know there were mason jars full of gold
and silver spots he had dug off old electronics in the garage. And the garage was full of sealed boxes.
Come to think of it I haven't seen his son since he sold his dad's house!!
You are right the crust would be heavy oxidation. The reason it appears as just one element is because everything is all mixed together, and copper
and lead, both being metallic silver would be fairly indistinguisable from one another, at least on interent pictures. In your photo's at the top of
page 3 I saw some yellowish bits with some rainbow/oily colored irredesence. This would be the copper. It is unlikely you'd get pure nuggets of
copper. Instead it would be swirled through in little patches contained within a mineral called (I'm guessing from the rainbow yellow irredescence)
chalcopyrite, which is similar to pyrite (fools gold) but a little prettier.
I completely misread your original post (OP) and thought I saw zinc when in actual fact you wrote lead. Don't ask me why I saw this but all I can say
is that I was operating on 2 straight nights of 4 and 5 hours sleep respectively. You must have wondered why on Earth I was going on about zinc so
But this does not change anything much of what I have said. The lead has a significantly lower melting point than even silver being only 622 degrees F
so this would be the element that would melt first when your husband put the blow on it. Depending on how thoughrougly the elements are mixed would
depend on how exactly everything melted.
Also understand that with all ores there will be all kinds of random things mixed in - probably zinc would be there in small amounts, some iron,
sulfer silica, oxygen etc etc. And all these things would probably have higher melting points than the silver and the lead. These would be the crumbly
bits left when your husband melted it. But do try and compare the melting of your rock to the melting of something iron or steel, and also crush a
small bit of the silver bit up with a hammer and just confirm the streak is blackish grey not rusty red. This will rule out once and for all hematite.
But yeah, I am sure that the mines dept. report is quite accurate and there really isn't a lot more I could add to it.
Also now I realise it's got some lead it I must caution you against touching it too much without gloves on, or breathing in any of the powder when
your grinding it down. As I'm sure you know lead is a poison which slowly builds up in your body and can be absorbed through the skin. The mines
department report doesn't seem to indicate there's too much of it so i would stress out or anything about what you've already done up to this point.
But if you plan on handling it often then it's better to wear disposable gloves. Better to be safe than sorry. The rocks in your garden should be fine
as the oxidation crust should contain most of it (although I would wash off any powder that may coat your hands from the crust), and try not to make a
habit of handling it and then making lunch. Also watch your children don't touch the exposed silver part too much either. Like I said don't stress as
lead is everywhere, it seems to be be in minor amounts and is quite likely well contained within the silver. But you want to be sure.....
EDIT:Meterorites can contain metalic looking stuff on the inside and this would be mainly nickel iron, I don't think this is very common, but charlev
is the expert so I will differ to his knowledge in this case.
The black sandy looking stuff in the cauldrons may well be the crap left behind after he melted away the metal from within the rock.
8/12/2011 by 1littlewolf because: (no reason given)