First published in 1955, Midwest Gem Fossil and Mineral Trails - Prairie States is an indispensable guide for any rockhound collecting in Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Missouri, North Dakota, or South Dakota.
For the rock hobbyist, lapidary and fossil enthusiast these states have much to offer. Lake Superior agates are widespread. Magnificent fossils occur in each state. Superb crystals of quartz, calcite, pyrite, marcasite, dolomite, celestite, selenite, spalerite, and barite are not difficult to come by. There are also numerous rare minerals which provide an extra thrill for the field collector.
Helpful hints for collecting minerals, gem materials, and invertebrate fossils are highlighted by an author who has collected in these states for over 50 years.
An essential guide for the beginning and experienced collector alike, Midwest Gem Fossil and Mineral Trails - Prairie States, highlights the best of the region in one handy volume. 128 pgs.
Much more than a fee mining guide, this unique book is a treasure trove of
interesting sites to see and things to do related to rocks & minerals,
gemstones, crystals, fossils, gold, and other treasures.
Whether you are an experienced rockhound or prospector, or a family on vacation,
you'll find fun, adventure, and maybe precious gems, gold, or hidden treasures
of man or nature.
Organized by state, site information includes seasons and times of operation,
address and contact information, cost, tools and supplies needed. Interesting
history, regional attractions and camping information help to make your trip
even more enjoyable.
Includes Sites in: Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia,
Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Main, Maryland, Massachusetts,
Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New
York, North Carolina, Ohio,Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee,
Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.
Cover: Paperback; Size: 8 1/2 by 11 in; Pages: 264; Published: 2010
Of the tradition of roadside geologic descriptions, Buchanan and McCauley write: "In some ways highways provide convenient access to geology because roads often cut through hills, exposing formations never seen before. . . . For many geologist, road construction is an occasion akin to Christmas or the Fourth of July."
The nine highways, which criss-cross Kansas, were chosen for a variety of reasons. Some, like I-70, I-35, and the Kansas Turnpike, carry heavy traffic; some, like U.S. Highways 69 and 36, are the main highways in various parts of the state; others, like U.S. Highways 160 and 83, cut through some of the state's most interesting geology; and one, U.S. Highway 56, was picked because of its history--the road parallels the historic Santa Fe Trail for much of its route, passing the site of old forts and Indian battles.
This unique guidebook combines geological, historical, and cultural information with more than 100 photographs, drawings, and maps. Presented in a refreshingly nontechnical way, it is sure to appeal to tourist and native Kansas alike.
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