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Easy Pickins' at Australia's Agate Creek

As a member of a few Australian Facebook fossicking (rockhounding) groups, I had been seeing photos of an amazing variety of cut and polished agates posted by people who had found them at Agate Creek.

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September 2021

Shakespeare's Gemstones

Elizabethan Gems; Literal and Literary

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September 2021

MINERALS TO BEWARE OF Myrickite

Some venomous snakes and stinging wasps and bees advertise their dangerous nature with bold red, yellow, and orange colors that seem to say, “Stay away!”

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September 2021

Hell's Canyon Petrified Wood

WHAT TO CUT

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September 2021

NEPTUNITE

Benitoite’s Uncommon Partner

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September 2021

Nafplio Archeological Museum

Bronze Age Jewelry Rival Contemporary Designs

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September 2021

A Different Decoration From the Back

BENCHTIPS

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September 2021

Volcanoes Continue to Capture Headlines

EARTH SCIENCE IN THE NEWS

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September 2021

SMITHSON, SMITHSONITE, AND THE SMITHSONIAN

ROCK SCIENCE

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September 2021

“PETOSKEY STONE” Michigan's State Stone

FOSSIL FINDS

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September 2021

Digging at the McDonald Ranch

In June of 2020, the Central Oregon Rock Collectors club went on a field trip to the McDonald Ranch near Ashwood, Oregon. The McDonald Ranch offers petrified wood, angelwing agate, and thundereggs.

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July 2021

MAGNETITE: A NATURAL HISTORY

An Iron Oxide that Changed the World

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July 2021

TETRAHEDRITE-TENNANTITE: Which is Which?

Unassuming, handsome, and confusing minerals

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July 2021

Amber and the Komboloi Tradition

Exploring the Science and Mindfulness Behind the Practice

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July 2021

CHANNELING A MOTHER ROCK

Mineral Constituents of the Chert Complex

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July 2021

Cerro de Trincheras

Trail, Museum & Petroglyphs South of the Border in Sonora, Mexico

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July 2021

Creating A Decorative Feature

BENCHTIPS

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July 2021

STUDYING THE PAST OF Petrified Wood

Trust Plant Anatomy To Be Your Guide When Working In the Present

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July 2021

THE GARNET FAMILY

Spanning the Spectrum of Mineralogy

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July 2021

Ugly Rocks Can Contain Beautiful Treasures

From the outward appearance of certain ironstone or siderite nodules, they might seem to be ugly-looking dirty rocks, but they often hide beautiful treasures inside.

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July 2021

LABRADORITE A Feldspar Mineral with a Rainbow Inside

Collectors often dig labradorite as a colorful rock, but it is actually a mineral, not a rock. It is one of a half dozen varieties of feldspar divided into two groups that make up the crust of the earth. One group is the potassium feldspars, including microcline. The other group is a plagioclase feldspar, including labradorite.

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June 2021

LEARNING FROM A Legend

VISITS TO LUCKY STRIKE MINE PRODUCE GREAT MEMORIES AND MATERIAL

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June 2021

“ TOUCH THE MOON ” WITHOUT LEAVING EARTH

Discovering Similarites Between Space and the Upper Midwestern U.S.

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June 2021

GOLD MINING IN DAHLONEGA, GEORGIA

History and Panning Adventures

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June 2021

THE NICKEL BEHIND THE NICKEL

The word “nickel” is a homonym with two distinct meanings. It refers to both our five-cent coin and an element. Everyone is familiar with the coin, but not necessarily with the element.

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June 2021

The Golden Iron Mineral

PYRITE’S MANY CRYSTAL FORMS KEEP COLLECTORS FASCINATED

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June 2021

Idaho Star Garnet

Brilliant colors enhance the beauty and add to the value of many of our gemstones, especially those that are clear or translucent. And I like any color… as long as it is red. For that reason, the blood-red ruby is about my favorite gemstone. And in museums around this country and in Europe I have seen carefully cut cabochons containing startling six-rayed stars that seem to slide over the surface of the stone as it is rotated in the light. It is no wonder that, for hundreds of years, the star ruby has been one of the favorite stones of royalty.

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June 2021

New Discoveries in Newfoundland

SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH AND ROCKHOUNDING HELP TO UNCOVER FASCINATING TREASURES AND HISTORY

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June 2021

GEOLOGY IN THE NATIONAL PARKS

The Science Behind the Scenery

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June 2021

A New View of Mineral Museums

This year of 2021 certainly started out to be disappointing for many mineral collectors. We were all looking forward to a host of mineral-related activities. Instead, few mineral shows and mineral activities on the calendar remain, so the first months of this year were devoid of organized mineral activity.

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June 2021

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