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.
Elizabethan Gems; Literal and Literary
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!”
Hell's Canyon Petrified Wood
WHAT TO CUT
Benitoite’s Uncommon Partner
Nafplio Archeological Museum
Bronze Age Jewelry Rival Contemporary Designs
A Different Decoration From the Back
Volcanoes Continue to Capture Headlines
EARTH SCIENCE IN THE NEWS
SMITHSON, SMITHSONITE, AND THE SMITHSONIAN
“PETOSKEY STONE” Michigan's State Stone
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.
MAGNETITE: A NATURAL HISTORY
An Iron Oxide that Changed the World
TETRAHEDRITE-TENNANTITE: Which is Which?
Unassuming, handsome, and confusing minerals
Amber and the Komboloi Tradition
Exploring the Science and Mindfulness Behind the Practice
CHANNELING A MOTHER ROCK
Mineral Constituents of the Chert Complex
Cerro de Trincheras
Trail, Museum & Petroglyphs South of the Border in Sonora, Mexico
Creating A Decorative Feature
STUDYING THE PAST OF Petrified Wood
Trust Plant Anatomy To Be Your Guide When Working In the Present
THE GARNET FAMILY
Spanning the Spectrum of Mineralogy
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.
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.
LEARNING FROM A Legend
VISITS TO LUCKY STRIKE MINE PRODUCE GREAT MEMORIES AND MATERIAL
“ TOUCH THE MOON ” WITHOUT LEAVING EARTH
Discovering Similarites Between Space and the Upper Midwestern U.S.
GOLD MINING IN DAHLONEGA, GEORGIA
History and Panning Adventures
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.
The Golden Iron Mineral
PYRITE’S MANY CRYSTAL FORMS KEEP COLLECTORS FASCINATED
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.
New Discoveries in Newfoundland
SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH AND ROCKHOUNDING HELP TO UNCOVER FASCINATING TREASURES AND HISTORY
GEOLOGY IN THE NATIONAL PARKS
The Science Behind the Scenery
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.