Geology of the Las Vegas Area

Geology of the Las Vegas Area


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    Estwing Supreme 22 oz Pointed Tip Rock Hammer E3-22P

    The Estwing Supreme 22 oz Pointed Tip Rock Hammer (E3-22P) is the standard, the rock pick carried by more geologist and rockhounds. Light enough to easily carry but heavy enough to crack some rock. Estwing Supreme quality in a one-piece forged pointed tip rock pick. Fully polished solid steel with the Estwing shock absorbing nylon-vinyl grip which has been tested to reduce shock by 50%.

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