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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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  • Roadside Geology of Colorado

    The geology of Colorado has not changed much since the first edition of Roadside Geology of Colorado in 1980, but the understanding of geology has--particularly the comprehension of billion-year-old granites and gneisses of Precambrian time that form the core of the Rocky Mountains. With improved age-dating techniques geologists can now distinguish Precambrian rocks of different ages, giving readers more detailed maps and a more accurate interpretation of the rock history passing beneath their tires and outside their car windows.

    That's not all that's changed in this reader-friendly new edition: 50 percent of the photographs are new; all the maps have been updated; and seven new road guides lead you on spectacular trips--including Colorado 65, which crosses over the Grand Mesa. Chronic and Williams break Colorado into four digestible geographic regions: the Plains, the Rockies, the Plateaus, and the San Juans. The authors also guide you through several national treasures, including Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Monument, Rocky Mountain National Park, Dinosaur National Monument, Great Sand Dunes National Monument, Mesa Verde National Park, and Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument.

  • Gem Trails of New Mexico

    Mitchell. Revised and expanded edition with over 100 sites to visit. New Mexico is a rockhound?s paradise?with large
    amounts of public land available for collecting. From micro-mount and gem quality mineral specimens to fossil pieces containing life forms that are millions of years old. Contains informative text, detailed maps, glossary, mineral index, and a beautiful color insert highlighting the variety of minerals found in New Mexico. 240 pgs.
  • Rockhounds Guide to New Mexico

    New Mexico: Land of Enchantment and rockhound treasure.

    More than one third of New Mexico is public land holding huge amounts of mineralogical treasure. Find unusual mineral displays, fossils, jasper, agate, petrified wood, and more obsidian than one rockhound could collect in a lifetime. The array and quality of material found in New Mexico are almost mind boggling.

    The Rockhound's Guide to New Mexico describes 75 of the state's best rockhounding sites, covering the popular and commercial sites as well as numerous little-known areas.

    This handy guide describes where and how to collect specimens, includes maps and directions to each site, and provides recommendations for accommodations, camping, and other special attractions. The Rockhound's Guide to New Mexico offers a complete introduction to the many-faceted hobby and is an outstanding guide and sourcebook.

  • Valley Soft-Touch 20 oz Chisel Edged Rock Hammer

    Valley Soft-Touch 20 oz Chisel Edged Rock Hammer

    The Valley Chisel Edge Rock Hammer, sometimes called a Paleontologist's Hammer or Fossil Hammer, has a 20 ounce head and is constructed of one piece drop forged steel with continuous forging grain flow from head to shaft. The two-tone Soft-Touch Rubber cushioned grip is shock absorbent and non-slip. The Valley Chisel Edge Rock Hammer is very similar to the Estwing 20oz Chisel Edge Rock Hammer. It differs from the Estwing mostly in the design of the grip and it is a bit shorter. The chisel edge doesn't have as much bend or bow to it as does the Estwing Chisel Edge Rock Hammer. The Valley Chisel Edge Rock Hammer has a square faced striking head on one end and a chisel edge on the other. The chisel edge is used for splitting layered rock such as shale and slate into flat sheets, usually when hunting fossils. Made in China but it's high quality. We've sold over 1300 and never had a return. The Valley Chisel Edge Rock Hammer is a great tool for the professional or recreational geologist, paleontologist or any rockhound and will last you a life time.


    Head Width Overall Length Head Weight Total Weight
    6 7/8 inches 11 inches 20 ounces 1 pound 14 ounces
  • Geology Tour of Denvers Buildings and Monuments.

    Explore Denver's history through the handsome stones used to build the city's landmarks. What better way to learn about rocks than to see some nice "exposures". Hand samples and road cuts are great but how about some nice polished samples!

    Immerses the reader in the rich history of Denver's buildings and neighborhoods, exploring the city through entertaining walking tours. A geology tour of Denver's buildings and monuments with detailed descriptions of building stones. Highlights regional geology and Colorado's building stone industry. 96 page pocket sized book..
  • BelOMO 12x Triplet Loupe Magnifier

    BelOMO 12x Triplet Loupe Magnifier

    The BelOMO 12x Triplet Loupe magnifier has a viewing area of 0.38in (9mm). The 3 elements making up this achromatic triplet provide a bright and clear view. The 12x power magnification provides a nice level of magnification, outstanding depth of field (the area that appears in focus on an object having an irregular surface like a rock or mineral). The lens glass isn't as large, wide, as the famous BelOMO 10x Triplet Loupe Magnifier but there's still lots of light for a very bright view when you need or want just a little more magnification than the BelOMO 10x Triplet Loupe Magnifier.

    The housing and cover are coated with a matte black finish and assembled using flathead screws. Screws allow you to adjust the swing tension to your liking. Belarusian Optical and Mechanical Association (BelOMA), makers of sights for guided weaponry, camera lenses, and other optical components manufacturers these loupes.

    We highly recommend this loupe! The BelOMO loupes are the loupes we always use though it's the 10x that we typically carry in the field. The 12x has a little more magnification with a good field of view. But the BelOMO 10x Triplet Loupe Magnifier is still our favorite for field use.

    Don't let this price fool you. The BelOMO loupe is a FANTASTIC buy. These are quality lenses that stand on their own against the higher priced competition. Take advantage of the recovering Belarus economy and a military supplier finding other revenue streams in a capitalistic market.

    Each BelOMO loupe we ship is custom treated to prevent the screws from coming loose with usage.

  • Young Geologist Kit:

    Do you need a set of field equipment for a young geologist and you're not sure what you need? Or do you just want to save at least an additional 5% by buying the equipment as a set? I've taken my recommendations for the field equipment choices that a young geologist or rockhound needs to get started and created a wizard to guide you through the steps of creating your kit. Like a multiple course meal's menu I provide a selection of the most appropriate products and you choose one from my recommends. I'll give you four or five choices mostly based on price for each product.

    When you've finished with the wizard you'll have built your own customized kit. Each kit will contain:
    • a rock hammer
    • a hammer sheath or holster
    • a magnifier
    • safety glasses or goggles
    • a rock and mineral book (optional)
    When you've completed the wizard just add your customized kit to your cart to take advantage of at least a 5% discount.

    Click the Configure link below to enter the wizard and build your Your Geologist Kit.

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