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| Google Treasure Map - Includes general treasure hunting sites including some restaurants! Not a complete list, but an interesting contribution found by a member, but not created by them. Requests have been submitted to add locations, but there has not yet been a response received by the creator who is Google user, jmvaudiau .|
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Little Naches Map posted by member Syonix
Member Diamond Prospector has posted the following maps:
| International listing of gem and mineral clubs, find out if one is near you! (This link will take you off site.) If your club or association is not listed, you may submit a request online to the site above for inclusion, for example, if anyone is a member of the club below, you should submit your information! .|
New Arkansas Club not listed on Lapidary Journal Club list:
There is also a listing on this site where members can contribute information regarding Clubs & Organizations for Treasure Hunters . We are very interested inknowing how many of us are "out here" so please include the number of members if you post your organization.
| You may link to a state’s information page provided in the U.S.National Directory on this site by clicking on the state name in the table below. We have recently added the Canadian National Directory and as information is added on the provinces and territories, we will update the listings on this page.|
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| A List of some of the rarest World Gems. List info from Curious Notions , whom you can visit to see more about these interesting gems.|
If you are interested in seeing a few samples of the World's Largest Gems, visit "The 14lb Pearl and Other World Record Gems".
|PAINITE - Painful to find - there are only 18 known!||MAJORITE - Forms under the earths surface or from the impact of a meteorite shower. So there is a way to hunt for rocks in the dark!|
|SERENDIBITE - Serendipity - there are only 3!||TAAFFEITE - No "R" for all you Wheel of Fortune fans, but pronounced "TAR-fite".|
|POUDRETTEITE - From Magook, Myanmar - named after a family who operated a source quarry in Mont Saint-Hilaire, Quebec.||MUSGRAVITE - More rare that Taffeite, but is often mistaken for it.|
|GRANDIDIERITE - Looks like it my be said "Gran Did her Right", but who knows? Found in Madagascar - any one up for a field trip?||BENITOITE - Found only in San Benito County, CA (claims have been made in Arkansas for locating microscopic samples near Jones Mill). Another 2k per carat stone.|
|JEREMEJIVITE - The "J" is pronounced "ye". A Nambia Gem worth 2k per carat! Swwwweeeeet!||RED DIAMONDS - Although a white diamond is quite common, fancy colored stones are rare, so don't dismiss those colored diamonds that you might find in Arkansas! Red Diamonds from Russia sell for as much as $1.9 million dollars!|
| Excellent Series of Books for Collectors: |
Treasure Hunters's Gem & Mineral Guides, Where & How to Dig, Pan, and Mine Your Own Gems & Minerals
Vol. 1 Northwest States
Vol. 2 Southwest States
Vol. 3 Southeast States
Vol. 4 Northeast States
By: Kathy J. Rygle & Stephen F Pendersen
Black Opal, A Comprehensive Guide to Cutting and Orientating
By: Greg Pardey
Metal Clay Jewelry, Projects, Techniques, Inspiration
By: Louise Duhamel
Ultraviolet Light and Fluorescent Minerals
By: Thomas S. Warren, Sterling Gleason, Richard C. Bostwick, and Earl R. Verbeek
Gems, Minerals & Rocks of Wyoming: A Guide for Rock Hounds, Prospectors & Collectors
By: W. Dan Hausel (aka DiamondProspector)
Diamond Deposits: Origin, Exploration, and History of Discovery
By: W. Dan Hausel (aka DiamondProspector)
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|syonix||Google Earth Rockhounds||7||Mar 22 2010, 2:23 PM EDT by Swordfishmining|
Thread started: Jun 26 2008, 4:03 PM EDT Watch
I am speechless. i just downloaded this map over tool for hooking USGS topo maps to goole earth, so you can find them download them and then i just made an image overlay.
long story short i can now use the Topo maps in google earth, with the 3-d terrain view.. it is heaven i tell you. All of you who use google earth check this out!
I uploaded a photo to the gallery so you can see what i mean
|DiamondProspector||Tip||0||Apr 11 2009, 11:39 AM EDT by DiamondProspector|
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1- DIAMONDS in Colorado & Wyoming. Start out by visiting the Great Diamond Hoax site at Diamond Peak in northwestern Colorado. In 1871, two prospectors salted a sandstone outcrop with several pounds of diamonds, rubies & sapphires & swindled Civil war generals, two presidential candidates, a congressman and other investors. More than 100 years later, I found the site with another geologist & panned out 4 diamonds, 17 rubies and 23 garnets left by the scam artists (find the approximate location by searching for ‘Diamond Field Draw, CO on Google Earth) (see: http://GemHunter.webs.com).
Next, select (CEDAR MOUNTAIN ,Wyoming on Google Earth). Butcherknife Draw is located to the northeast of Cedar Mountain and has dozens of anthills with fabulous Cape Ruby (garnet) & Cape Emerald (diopside) & diamond (http://gemstonehunter.blogspot.com/2008/12/cape-rubies-cape-emeralds-garnets.html).
Some of these gems are similar to those used to salt the Great Diamond Hoax area.
Finally, select VIRGINA-DALE, CO in Google Earth). This will take you right to the middle of the largest diamondiferous kimberlite district in the US and potentially one of the largest in the world. In 1960, kimberlite was accidentally discovered here, but it was not until 1975 that it was accidentally discovered by the USGS. During sample preparation, a carborundum grinding wheel was carved by tiny diamonds from a rock collected from one of the State Line kimberlites. Since then, more than 130,000 diamonds were recovered from microdiamonds to a 28.3 carat gemstone. The district has fabulous specimens of kimberlite along with gem-quality pyrope garnet (Cape Ruby) and gem-quality chromian diopside (Cape Emerald). In the last couple of years, I found another 200+ kimberlites in this region. Many appear like impact features. (see: http://discussionsondiamonds.blogspot.com).
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