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Besides making a great weekend trip into history, ghost towns are most often abandoned mining camps. Mines mean tailings. Tailings mean minerals.
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  • Pocket Naturalist Geology

    Geology, An Introduction to Familiar Rocks, Minerals, Gemstones & Fossils, is a must-have reference guide for beginners and experts alike. With this indispensable guide, learn how to identify common species of North American rocks, gems, minerals and fossils. Maps show the distribution of familiar rocks and minerals across North America. Also, included are helpful tips on how to begin, where to look, tools and methods. The Pocket Naturalist series is an introduction to common plants and animals and natural phenomena. Each pocket-sized, folding guide highlights up to 150 species and most feature a map identifying prominent sanctuaries and outstanding natural attractions. Each is laminated for durability. (31/2 X 81/4 folded, opens to 22 X 81/4, color illustrations, maps)
    FG-00000010
    $4.17
  • California (Northern Edition) Gold & Gems Maps - Then and Now

    Height 9.5'' Width 6.5''

    California Gold & Gems Maps, Northern Edition is a comprehensive collection to assist the rockhound in locating 40 gem sites. The source of information has been taken from numerous publications. All known types of rock and gem deposits could not be included because of the numerous types and locations would be overwhelming. Some of the reported gold and gold districts are included as far back as 1850.


    The first report of gold in California was published in Spain in 1510. California was believed to be an island north of Mexico where gold and precious stones were abundant. Gold was actually mined in California as early as the late 18th century but the "rush" did not begin until the discovery at Sutters Mill in 1848.


    Rock and Gem collecting in California is virtually unlimited as illustrated by the key symbols on each USGS map section. A few counties that host exciting deposits are as follows: Siskiyou, Trinity, Tehama and Plumas.


    The early maps included in this publication were located in various archival collections. The primary sources were the National Archives and the California State Library. The U.S. Geological Survey supplied the featured modern map. The design is planietric for clarity.


    Map identifies locations of: gold and silver, actinolite, agate, amazonite, amethyst, apatite, apache tears, argonite, azurite, beryl, calcite, carnelian, chalcedony, chert, chrysocolla, epidote, feldspar, flourite, fossils, garnet, geodes, hematite, jade, jasper, kyanite, malachite, obsidian, opal, orthoclase, petrified wood, psilomelane, pyrite, quartz, rhondonite, rhyolite, serpentine, topaz, travertine, tourmaline, turquoise, and wollastonite.

    GM-3100301
    $15.95
  • AAPG Pacific Southwest Geological Highway Map (California and Nevada)

    Learn more about the geological history of the rocks around you! This colorful, educational map presents state/regional surface rock outcrop information, age, depositional environment, rock type, and names of formations. Includes major highways, towns, and landmarks. Printed on a single sheet and folded to glove compartment size, has a stratigraphic column by state, mileage charts. Scale: 1 inch=30 miles. California and Nevada.
    GM-5500663
    $12.00
  • Gem and Lapidary Materials : For Cutters, Collectors, and Jewelers

    A complete handbook of common materials used in the lapidary arts, lavishly illustrated with full color photographs. While rocks, minerals, and gems are the foundation of an important field of science, they are also the materials of timeless art. Lapidary work is ageless, classless, and transcends national boundaries; it has contributed to social customs, religious beliefs, rites, superstitions, and trade. The author has written a complete overview of the materials used in the lapidary arts throughout history and up to the present. Her book is a showcase of the art form as well as a history of the art. June Culp Zeitner is well known for her prolific writing on lapidary arts, gems, and minerals and has been an avid gem and mineral collector and lapidary for over fifty years. She has published several books and has been writing for Lapidary Journal since 1970.She originated the "state stone" program and now 46 states have official gems, minerals, rocks, or fossils as a result of her efforts. In 1976, as part of the bicentennial celebration, she was presented with the "First Lady of Gems" honor at the White House.
    GB-80000165
    $30.00
  • Deluxe Moh's Mineral Hardness Pick Set

    The Deluxe Moh's Hardness Pick Set now comes in two case types. The wooden case is small enough to carry and the top screws into the base to make a perfect desk stand. The plastic case is longer but the thinner size makes it easier to carry in your field tool set.

    Hardness is an important and quantifiable physical characteristic of a mineral and in your effort to identify an unknown mineral, the hardness, if known, combined with other properties, can narrow your search to just a handful of possibilities. Simply scratch a smooth surface of your unknown mineral with the picks of various indicated hardness. As an example, if a No. 5 pick scratches the mineral, but a No. 4 pick does not, then your mineral hardness is 4.5. Then compare this against a table of minerals listing hardness values to aid in identifying the unknown mineral.
    The Deluxe Mohs' Hardness Pick Set from Mineralab is unique in that, unlike other mineral hardness test tool that use minerals or crystal points, Mineralab picks are made of metals and alloys of hardness values equal to 2 through 9 on Mohs hardness scale. Because the picks are made of metal, they are easily ground to sharp points which will not break off and which can be easily sharpened.

    What is included in the Mineralab's Deluxe Mohs' Hardness Pick Set?

    • Four double-ended picks with eight points comprising 2 and 3, 4 and 5,
      6 and 7, 8 and 9 on Mohs’ hardness scale.

    • High quality brass pinch vises.

    • A glass plate (hardness of about 5.5) which, when scratched,
      quickly distinguishes hard from soft minerals.

    • A second hardness plate with a hardness value of 3.5.

    • A streak plate for testing a mineral’s streak color.

    • A magnet to test magnetic rocks such as magnetite and pyrrhotite.

    • A 100 grit polishing stone to keep the points sharp.

    • An attractive, mahogany-finished and compact wooden case.

    • Complete usage instructions.


    Other Features:

    • All points are stamped with the indicated hardness value, and each double-ended
      pick body is color coded for quickly finding the desired pick.

    • Hardness points can be easily and inexpensively replaced without having to
      replace the pick bodies.

    • Compact. The wooden storage case is only 7" tall by 2.5" wide.

    • Also use to test hardness of various materials encountered in the industrial,
      excavation, and archeological fields.

    • 1 Year Warranty
    If you are ordering only a Deluxe Moh's Hardness Pick Set you can save money on shipping by choosing USPS Priority Mail. We will use a USPS Priority Mail Small Flat Rate Box and I'll adjust your total to pass the savings back to you.
    HW-21000001
    $92.00
  • Raytech Tumble-Vibe 5 Vibratory Tumbler Starter Kit (TV-5 SK)

    The Raytech Tumble-Vibe 5 Vibratory Tumbler (Model TV-5) is economical and versatile.

    Thousands of satisfied customers testify to the durability and simplicity of the Tumble-Vibe 5. Mated with a spare bowl, and a GSH-2 Stone finish Kit, the new TV-5 Starter Kit is a must for any beginner.

    This new kit comes complete and ready to operate with a motorized base, two bowls, clear lid, 2 rubber nuts and all the grits necessary for accomplishing the grinding step through the final polish step of most gemstones. The (4) steps that are included are Silicone Carbide (100/1200) Silicon Carbide (700F), Iolox 50, Raybrite TL (GS-H2 Stone Finish Kit for hard rocks and minerals). There's enough grit for 8-15 pounds of stones. This new compact system will handle a myriad of applications. (Polished stones for illustration only. They are not included with this tumbler.)

    Read the Operating Instructions for Raytech's TV-5 Tumbler Starter Kit


    Check out this article on Vibratory Tumblers


    This popular low-cost unit is a favorite of the hobbyist and is used commercially as well. Vibrating rock tumblers process rocks 5 times faster than rotary rock tumblers. See results in days rather than weeks! This vibrating rock tumbler will process about four pounds of rock in it's .05 cu ft (3 pint) bowl. Bowl diameter is 8" and has a new convenient solid lid system. Shipping weight is 12 lbs., 1.05 cu. ft.

    HW-30023090
    $132.26
  • Stansport Tri-Fold Micro Shovel

    The Tri-Fold Micro Shovel is a G.I. style shovel that easily fits in a backback or Geo Belt Pac. It's a lightweight, compact and well built little shovel that won't add much weight when you're going out in the field collecting and, more important, won't add much weight when you're carrying those specimens back to your vehicle! It well definitely save your fingers a lot of abuse when digging out a find. Blade and handle are made of powder coated steel. Folds in thirds for easy storage. Steel collar locks blade in place. Blade size: 6". Pick length: 4". Folded size 7-1/2" x 5". Weight 2lbs.
    HW-01000333
    $12.88
  • Estwing Supreme 13 oz Light Weight Rock Hammer E3-13P

    Estwing Supreme 13 oz Light Weight Rock Hammer E3-13P

    The Estwing Supreme 13 oz Light Weight Rock Hammer is best described as an Estwing Supreme 22oz Rock Hammer that has been slimmed down to reduce weight. The rock pick is similar is overall size to the Estwing Supreme 22 oz Rock Hammer. The handle is narrower but the length is almost the same as is the length of the head. It differs in that the hammer head (square) striking end is a slightly smaller size and length. The pick end is the same length but tapered to a sharper point.Great hammer for digging fossils from sandstone. Note that the 13 oz specifies the head weight not the total hammer weight. The 14 oz is actually the lightest pointed tip rock pick that we carry.

    Head Width 6 1/4 inches
    Overall Length 12 1/2 inches
    Head Weight 13 ounces
    Total Weight 1 pound 12 ounces
    HW-01000013
    $18.97
  • An Explanatory Text to Accompany the 1:750,000-Scale Fault and Geologic Maps of California

    This bulletin was prepared to accompany the Fault Map and the Geologic Map
    and is intended to enhance their usefulness by providing additional explanation.
    This report also describes the historical antecedents of these two maps, the
    latest in a sequence of state geological maps that was started in 1891.


    Bulletin 201 consists of two main parts and four extensive appendices:



    • Part I is a detailed explanation of the Fault Map of California

    • Part II is a discussion of the Geologic Map of California

    • Part III conations four appendices:

      • An index to the faults shown on the 1975 edition of the Fault Map

      • a tabulated listing of data for the thermal springs and wells depicted
        on the Fault Map

      • an index to the geologic formations grouped within each of the units
        shown on the Geologic Map of California

      • a detailed bibliography keyed to 27 index maps identifying all of the
        source data used to compile the Geologic Map and Fault Map.



    GB-31000201
    $24.95

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