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Re: Best ever elements for 2021
« Reply #25 on: January 12, 2021, 12:16:31 pm »

As a former molydenum prospector,

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Where did you prospect for it and what's it used for?  Such an interesting job title  ;D

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Re: Best ever elements for 2021
« Reply #26 on: January 12, 2021, 12:28:37 pm »
Where did you prospect for it and what's it used for?  Such an interesting job title  ;D



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Re: Best ever elements for 2021
« Reply #27 on: January 12, 2021, 02:57:14 pm »

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As a former molydenum prospector, I must admit I find that pretty terrible.


Well at least you have a piece of music. Think of all those bismuth, boron and antimony prospectors who have to do without ;D
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Re: Best ever elements for 2021
« Reply #28 on: January 12, 2021, 07:26:56 pm »

As a former molydenum prospector,

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Where did you prospect for it and what's it used for?  Such an interesting job title  ;D


North Wales.

A fair bit of it is around, especially in some of the thin microgranites. We were really looking for it as an adjunct in porphyry copper deposits but the largest copper deposit we found had no significant molybdenum associated. I did find a lump of molybdenite the size of a childs fist at another site, but it was a one off never to be repeated. Usually we were just picking up enhanced Mo values in soil samples - nothing visible to the naked eye.

The main use is in steel alloys. Some pitons used to be made from chromoly steel.
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Re: Best ever elements for 2021
« Reply #29 on: January 13, 2021, 12:06:58 am »
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Think of all those bismuth, boron and antimony prospectors

They were looking at Boron in rocket / jet fuels, a few dodgy side effects though.  Sooo, a slightly (OK very) tenuous link....



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Re: Best ever elements for 2021
« Reply #30 on: January 13, 2021, 01:17:21 am »
I found a lump of Ferro-molybdenum up near Hazard Mine in Castleton once - it was black and sharp and spiky-looking, and I thought it was a meteorite as it was embedded in the ground. I became suspicious though when I also found some lumps of multi-coloured glassy slag nearby. Anyway I took it home and cleaned it up under the tap, which took ages and produced loads of dark blue 'ink'. Once it was shiny and silver my mate took it to a guy he knew at Outokumpo with a XRF meter and he told us what it was. I've still got it, but it's sort of yellowed and lost some of its lustre now, but it's very sharp-looking, like a piece of curved flint. At least it's not radioactive...

Anyway, I suspect it was related to the notorious paper-pulp 'soil improvement' episode caused by a less-than-scrupulous landowner.

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Re: Best ever elements for 2021
« Reply #31 on: January 13, 2021, 07:44:38 am »
Has Neon in it........


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Re: Best ever elements for 2021
« Reply #32 on: January 13, 2021, 09:04:28 am »
Here's a bit of sodium -

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