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Melted Aluminum Nugget

What you’ve found, my friend, is aluminum. You’ve found… a melted beer can! I’m sorry to disappoint you, but it’s common to every shore— from Maine to Michigan, California to Hawaii. Where people go, they drink, they make bonfires, they litter and some litter by melting their cans in those bonfires, creating molten aluminum that cools into what you’ve found: beercanite. Waves washed away the charred bonfire remains and the aluminum was carried into the surf to be deposited wherever it was you found it.Beaches are popular with people— people who like to sit around campfires at night. Drinking beer. And when some people drink too much, they throw their beer cans into the campfire to watch them melt.Should you quit your job and plan on retiring on the proceeds of your big upcoming osmium sale? Did you find a rare and precious metal? Well, let’s consider how it looks and feels first.

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This question gets asked a lot. You were walking the beach and something shiny caught your eye. You picked it up and found yourself holding a shiny silver metal. Your heart races… what did you find? Did you find silver? Platinum? A meteorite? Your google mineral identification app tells you that it’s osmium (true story), the rarest metal on Earth and that your piece, at half the size of your thumb, is the largest nugget ever discovered—you’re rich! You’re ecstatic. You’re going to buy a yacht now!

Humans have contaminated almost every surface and environment on the planet and the shores are no exception. That means, before you even begin to consider natural sources in a place frequented by people, you need to consider human sources.
The answer is as simple as it might be disappointing: it’s very important to remember that we live in a geological period called the Anthropocene. That is, in layman’s terms, the human period.By using the Platforms, you agree to the terms of this Policy, our Terms of Service (located here), or any other agreement that governs your use of our Platforms (collectively, \u201CAgreements\u201D). You should not use our Platforms if you do not agree with the terms and conditions contained in these Agreements. This website is hosted by Squarespace and its use is subject to Squarespace’s Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Call the auction house to cancel the osmium sale, call your boss and try to get your job back— you won’t be retiring on the sale of that piece of aluminum! If it is native platinum it will be slightly magnetic (It’s not platinum). Platinum has an affinity for iron and is almost always alloyed with enough iron to react to a magnet.

The color of the oxidation on the outside that was cleaned off was the best indicator of what it is. If it is lead it will oxidize grey or sub metallic. If it is silver it will oxidize black. Aluminum will oxidize whitish grey and be friable.
Since a photo is the only thing to go by I would say it is aluminum based on the rough shape and the color of the oxidation that is left in the low spots.was metal detecting along a river bank near my house on a farm mid north coast nsw australia and dug up this amongst the iron ore (there is gold in the creek too, have only panned flakes and crushed quartz), just some lead? or some melted metal? it’s heavy for its size, very soft, was a quite shiny when i pulled it out of the dirt had jagged edges will post the pics, got bored while cleaning some iron stained crystallised quartz and put it in the rust remover for an hour or 2 then scrubbed it good with a tooth brush seems like i polished the outside layer off smoothed off the edges and lost quite a bit of weight was 11.96g now it is 11.66, was quite dirty too though. it is shining brightly now, non magnetic

Hardness, specific gravity and color dissolved in HCl acid is how you differentiate silver from lead. And many times lead is high in silver and vice versa so that can be confusing.platinum silver gold have all been mined within an hour of here, 50 old gold mines within like 10 mins, heaps of metals around, but i do live on a farm and could really be any old melted metal, might just add it to my rock collection, looks pretty cool anyway, i have a detector that has a different beep for different metals it sounded exactly like gold which is why i dug it up lol, thanks guys

A spot weld was made using an arc-welding process. In a spot-welding operation, two 1/16-in thick aluminum plates were joined. The melted metal formed a nugget that had a diameter of 1/4 in. The operation required the power to be on for 4 sec. Assume the final nugget had the same thickness as the two aluminum plates (1/8 in thick), the heat transfer factor was 0.80 and the melting factor was 0.50. Determine the rate of heat generation that was required at the source to accomplish this weld.
Our Tin Nugget is all sourced directly from the Minsur mine in Peru where it is produced and is 100% “virgin” metal (not recycled). We sell this metal by the pound, so if you need 10lbs, simply add a quantity of 10 to your cart. Be sure to see our bulk discounts for certain quantity levels if you would like to save money per pound. If you are interested in making a very large order, please contact us directly for pricing and availability. * Please Note: Due to the irregular shape of this metal, the weight of your shipped order is approximate. Meets ASTM B339 specification. All metal shipments come with a certificate of analysis.* Atomic Number = 50 | Melting Point (F) = 450 | Atomic Mass= 118.71 | Boiling Point (F) = 4100 | Density (g/cm) = 7.29 |

✔️ Tin Nugget (1 pound | 99.9+% Pure) Our tin nuggets are sold by the 1lb increment. They are all sourced directly from the Minsur mine in Peru where they are produced and are 100% “virgin” metal (not recycled). We sell this metal by the pound, so if you need 10 pounds simply add a quantity of 10 to your cart. Be sure to see our promotional discounts for certain quantity levels if you would like to save money per pound.Welcome to – home of high quality wholesale metals at discount prices. We sell many types of metal including Tin, Antimony, Zinc, Bismuth, Nickel, Copper, Pewter, Lead, and Aluminum.

✔️ SPECIFICATIONS – Atomic Number = 50 | Melting Point (F) = 450 | Atomic Mass= 118.71 | Boiling Point (F) = 4100 | Density (g/cm3) = 7.29. Analysis: TIN 99.9650%, ANTIMONY 0.0184%, LEAD 0.0049%, BISMUTH 0.0023%, COPPER 0.0020%.
✔️ USAGE – This is high purity tin that can be confidently used in any application where tin is required. This item is one of our best sellers because of its versatility and ease of use.For her birthday I bought my 10 year old Granddaughter a metal detector . So this afternoon we went to our local beach for our first treasure hunt. Well, we turned up some what I assume were molten silver ingots. I’ve done the magnet test and acid test which turned grey signifying silver. On further researching I read they may be molten beer or soda cans thrown on the fire after a beach barbeque. Does anyone out there know of simple test that could determine what these Ingots are made of. Thanks.

Interpretation may be a bit more complicated because there is an uncertainty and range of values involved (hence the need for high-resolution scale to get the volume tightly enough)
Yes, and yes. The precision (effectively the smallest weight the scale with read) in combination with the actual weight of the specimen are very important. Most people use a scale with too large of a precision for the object they are trying to determine the density of. 0.01 g and even 0.001 g precision are often needed for determining densities of small items just to get within 10% accuracy.