Veteran rockhound and author William A. Kappele provides detailed directions to each site, concise information about the materials and gem stones you may find there, what tools to bring, the best season to visit, what kind of vehicle you will need to get there, and a wealth of other information to tantalize beginners as well as the most ardent rockhounds. After over 30 years of scouring the American West for lapidary fodder, Kappele says many of the sites in this book are by far some of the best he's yet encountered. May your journey be fruitful and your collecting bag be heavy on the way home, and be sure that somewhere in that bag, among your rocks, you haven't forgotten your copy of Rockhounding Nevada.
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Guide to Rocks and Minerals of the Northwest
This guide is intended to show some of the much-prized rocks and minerals of the northwest. Some are valued for their beauty when cut and polished. Others are prized for the economic value of the metals they contain, such as copper in chalcopyrite, or of some physical property of the mineral itself, such as the fibrous nature of asbestos. Still other minerals are valued for their crystal form, or simply as examples of the great diversity in the mineral kingdom. 33 pages, color pictures.
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An all new, encompassing book about geodes!
Welcome to nature's
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- Learn the geode mining process and how the astonishing treasures hidden inside are uncovered.
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The most comprehensive book ever written on geodes of the Americas - a definitive reference for serious collectors and a delightful mineral exploration for both experts and novices.
Over 140 full-color photos of geodes that defy description!
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)
Agates : Treasures of the Earth
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Estwing Geo/Paleo Pick GP100
Estwing Geo/Paleo Pick GP100
The famous Estwing Geo/Paleo Pick GP100 has made a grand reentry after being out of production for several years. The handle has been beefed up to make the unit even stronger. It is 25 inches long with a total weight of 3 pounds. Painted steel with a soft vinyl grip. The light weight but great strength of this makes it a great field tool for any geologist or rockhound.
Not only is this a great digging tool but I use mine to help me navigate the steep slopes of mine tailings. Jab the tip in and pull yourself up then use the hoe end to cut a quick shelf to work from.
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Welcome to rockhounding in Utah. In this best-selling guide, the gem hunter is led to landscapes as diverse as the gems, minerals, and fossils found there. B/W photos highlight the collecting area. A special color section aids in identifying
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