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Fairburn Agates-Western South Dakota & North Western Nebraska- BOB Morgan

Filed under: regular postings — Gary January 27, 2007 @ 10:52 am

Hi Y’all Rockhounds,

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I am Bob Morgan, SDGoldpanner to some, Fairburnag to others. I now make
my home in Rapid City, SD. Moved out here from Sioux Falls, SD in the
early 80’s, after I retired from the SF Police Dept.I put in 18 great
years with those guys, and loved every minute of it. Don’t miss the law
enforcement work any more but sure do miss the comrade that we had
established between us. Now, Agates & Rocks are my life. I live in an
area now where the famed Fairburn Agate is found, Western South Dakota,
and the North West corner of Nebraska. I have Fairburn hunting grounds
in all directions at my disposal.

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rock candy mountain BC Canada -great finds, stories wanted.

Filed under: regular postings — Gary January 25, 2007 @ 9:43 pm

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Hello, I am doing up a post on “Rock Candy Mountain” and wanted to know if any readers had a story or pictures of great finds from there?  Email me at gary@rockhoundblog.com.

Also if you want to share a great spot you have rockhounded at or if you have found a cool specimen that you would like to show off to everyone, please email me and I will share with eveyone.

thanks, Gary.

Canadian amethyst crystals and specimens

Filed under: regular postings — Gary January 24, 2007 @ 11:07 pm

I did a post last week on red amethysts, here is Aaron’s site, and more pictures from him.

http://www.redamethyst.com

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Idaho falls gem and mineral society member stopped by and said hello

Filed under: Club Rollcall (hello's),regular postings — Gary @ 10:16 pm

Terry stopped by and gave a little bio on himself, welcome Terry, here is his story:

I am a member of the Idaho Falls Gem and Mineral
Society have been a member for about 20 years. My
favorite places to rock hound is all over it just
depends on what I am looking for at the time. I like
the Lemhi Valley area around Salmon Idaho for nice
petrified wood and leaf casts(very hard to find) the
best examples of the leaf casts are in the Leadore
Forest Sevice Office on display. Fossils in Montana
agates and stuff in Nevada, The best find I ever did I
was about 13 years old our rock club went on a field
trip the the Arco, Idaho area after about a 8 hour
hike me and my gradnfather fould this really large
amythest geode. The two of us spent 5 hours digging
it out and finally gave up. We had an estimated 400
pound geode sticking out of a rock cliff and decided

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Thursday mine field trip, sign up if interested

Filed under: Coming Events,regular postings — Gary @ 10:10 pm

Hello Every one,

3 years ago upon being made a partner co/owner at the Thursday Mine I
made a commitment to my self to dig as much as possible at the mine
to find its burried secrets.
Once a year I get the other partners to agree to allow my Diehard
Rockhounds and Friends {basicly my Diehards , my club mates , and
other friends.}to come to the mine and Dig.
Normaly my agreement with my partners allows only for a few persons
to accompany me when I visit the Thursday Mine when I go work at the
mine.Mainly for my own saftey.

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wonderful candy red amethyst specimen story- WOW! Great find!

Filed under: Great Finds-specimens,regular postings — Gary January 23, 2007 @ 3:00 pm

Gary,

Here is a story of how we came across this wonderful candy red amethyst specimen. I have attached pictures of the specimen and have many more excellent finds if you like this one.

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To explain the rarity of this form of amethyst I have to elaborate on the locality of where this specimen comes from. I can sum it
all up by saying that removing amethyst from this locality is an Indiana Jones type adventure, but I wont spare the details, as I know one of my
favorite things about collecting minerals is learning about where they come from. The mine where this form of amethyst comes from is located
about 200 or so miles north of Thunder Bay, Ontario (Canada’s most famous amethyst district). After following an old logging road (similar to
heading straight through a national park trail) for about 30 miles, the road ends in thick, really thick forest where the 5 mile hike to the mine
begins.

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Carbonado’s info requested by reader, can someone help?

Filed under: regular postings — Gary @ 2:33 pm

Hello,I am wondering if you may know any website or other that I can purchase a carbonado.

I am not looking for it in jewelry, just in the raw form (uncut). If you have any knowledge

of where I may purchase one, I would appreciate it.

Thanks,Kristineptune-klm@juno.com

Conejo Valley Gem & Mineral Club field trip – Ant Hill-shark teeth fossils

Filed under: Coming Events,regular postings — Gary January 20, 2007 @ 11:28 pm

February Field Trip:
Ant Hill-Feb 24th Saturday 10am-3pm
General information: near Bakersfield California. Come out for a fun
day of digging for shark teeth fossils, the weather should be nice,
cool. The dig site is a walk of 400 yards over semi flat ground, then
up a hill 100 yards. Once there most of the time you’ll be digging in
small area. This is a different site then the Nov 2006 field trip. The
clay is softer and the teeth are harder so you have a better chance of
them not breaking when you remove them from the matrix. This time of
the year there is always the chance of rain, bring the necessary
clothing. If it is raining, we won’t be digging.

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42nd annual Rockhound Roundup at the Deming-Southwest New Mexico Fairgrounds

Filed under: Coming Events,regular postings — Gary January 19, 2007 @ 9:43 pm

Don’t forget about the rock show coming up this March in
Deming. It will be the 42nd annual Rockhound Roundup at the Southwest
New Mexico Fairgrounds, March 8-11. For more info on this show, call
505-267-4399 or go to www.dgms.bravehost. com

OREGON/IDAHO-PICTURE JASPER, PLUME AGATES, THUNDEREGGS, limbcast, GEOLOGY OF OREGON

Filed under: Rockhound stories,regular postings — Gary @ 11:45 am

BLue_mountain_jasper_roughBLUE MOUNTAIN JASPER ROUGH.
“THE GOOSE,” WT. 1.3 LBS

THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST HAS ALWAYS BEEN RICH IN A DIVERSE SELECTION OF MINERALS, ROCKS, GEMSTONES, A ROCKHOUNDER’S HEAVEN!!! OREGON HAS ONE OF THE LARGEST JASPER AND AGATE DEPOSITS IN THE UNITED STATES.

THE OVERALL OBJECTIVE OF THIS PAGE IS TO PAY TRIBUTE TO THE PEOPLE WHO DISCOVERED THESE DEPOSITS, THE MINER’S WHO STILL MINE IT, AND TO PROVIDE INFORMATION FOR ROCKHOUNDERS ON THEIR ROCKHOUNDING ENDEAVORS.

THE OCHOCO MOUNTAIN RANGE IN CENTRAL OREGON IS RICH WITH JASPERS/AGATES/OPALS, JUST TO NAME A FEW…..
THERE EXIST IN THOSE MOUNTAINS A VAST VARIETY OF THUNDEREGGS, “OREGON’S STATE ROCK”…FROM AGATE EGGS TO OPAL EGGS THE OCHOCO’S HAVE IT ALL. I RECALL AS A ROCK-PUP GOING TO THE OCHOCOS WITH MY DAD, WE WOULD ALWAYS COME HOME WITH A NICE SELECTION OF EGGS, PETRIFIED WOOD, JASPERS. THE MOUNTAINS THERE ARE TEEMING WITH LAPIDARY ROCKS…

thunderegg_pile KOP AND CINDY KOPCINSKI
ON “ONE,” OF THEIR THUNDEREGG PILES
NOVEMBER 2002
SEE BELOW:
MYSELF WITH DAUGHTER MAKAYLA
AND CINDY AND KOP
CHRISTMAS 2005

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