how do u clean petrified wood (partially opalized) witha household product?
Oct 20 2012, 5:46 AM EDT by
gold and gem hunying wy
I am traveling to wyoming this fall and would like to know if there are places that a newbee should try prospecting when traveling to wyoming
Jul 7 2012, 10:45 PM EDT by teacherb
Rock Collecting on state lands in Washington
In late 2009 the WDFW proposed a rule change that would make rock collecting (as well as other resource collecting – firewood, mushrooms, berries, etc) a gross misdemeanor or felony – as opposed to a simple citation. This started an effort by rock hounds and flintknappers to change to law to allow recreational rock collecting on state lands.
In December 2009, a number of flintknappers via the Puget Sound Knappers Association and a number of rock hounds affiliated with the Washington State Mineral Council, as well as some prospectors, started a campaign via email, phone calls and personal visits to legislators to not only stop the proposed rule changes but to get the original prohibitions on rock collecting removed.
We are continuing our efforts via our legislators as well as encouraging participation by all rock hound clubs, flintknappers and other interested parties.
HB 2600 our bill to open state lands to rock collecting is on the move. It is scheduled for a public hearing on January 27 at 8:00 AM in the House Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources.(subject to change so check before you go). It is critical that we have as many rockhounds as possible at the meeting to testify.
I strongly suggest that if we do not have folks to testify in favor of OUR bill that we will lose it and it won't get out of committee.
I suggest that any rockhound that can attend do so.
SB 6057 our bill to get state lands open to rock collecting has not moved since Jan. 9.
Members of the house committee on agriculture and natural resources are:
Brian Blake Chair
Derek Stanford Vice Chair
Bruce Chandler Ranking Minority Member (R)
Kevin Van De Wege
Everett Rock & Gem Club
The Everett Rock & Gem Club now meets the 3rd Tues. of each month (except Dec.) at 7 PM at Everett United Church of Christ, 2624 Rockefeller Ave.
Oct 12 2011, 10:45 PM EDT by
North Platte River, Scottsbluff, NE
The River is going down, just looking, it appears to be about 3 ft. lower. The swampy areas are starting to smell and the mosquitoes are raging. The River is still very dangerous. Will need to put rock hounding and fishing on hold for some time yet.
Good Hunting, Howard
Jul 2 2011, 11:08 AM EDT by
best place in MN to find good ones ?
Apr 30 2011, 1:27 PM EDT by
Hi all, I'm a newbie here but wanted to join in. I am enjoying all the jade slides.
Anyway I thought You might like a source for ungraded 600-800 grit silicon carbide grit. I work in a sic plant so i get
a discount. Trades accepted (see profile for interests).
I am a knifemaker and make gifts and jewelry also so most of the trade materials are writen off as supplies.
Apr 15 2011, 10:29 PM EDT by
Attention Georgia rockhounds
Is there any Georgia rockhounds out there? I have a business conference at the end of the month and I will be staying at Legacy Lodge & Conference Center at Lake Lanier Island Resorts. I may have some free time to walk the shores of the lake and I was just wondering what types of treasures I might come across.
Mar 9 2011, 5:44 PM EST by
Hi everyone. I would like to go to Ray mine Arizona but i cant seam to find any other info on it besides its a open pit mine . i would like to know how much to get in is it one when its open or the #, can anyone tell me. if not thats ok. thank you.
North Platte River
The River is now very low, this summer it was the highest I had ever seen for many months. I had hoped that when it went down I would have new gravel beds to hunt.
I was wrong, a layer of silt is covering beds that I rock hunted two years ago. Why hunt gravel beds? You don't know what you will find. Everything from agates to artifacts.
The River was my play ground in the 1940's and 50's, it is still my play ground. Don't over look your own back yard for treasure, treasure is found in the wonder of being.
Good hunting, Howard King
Dec 18 2010, 10:16 AM EST by
Mastadons and sloths, oh my!!!!
Have y'all read about the awesome finds the experts are finding here in Colorado? To quote: "The dig at Ziegler Reservoir Near Snowmass Village is one of the most significant finds in North America. The peat bogs holds well-preserved skeletons of mammoths, mastdons and bison" Don't I wish that Ziegler Reservoir was named for someone from Dave's family! Oh well.
I heard this morning that when someone breaks open some rock, there is plant material that in some cases is still green!!! This is right in my back yard. I'd love to be physically able to go and dig there. The site will be closed soon because of the weather (located at about 9000 ft above sea level). Originally, the people from Snowmass Village ski area was digging to increase the size of the reservoir so that they could make more snow. It seems that things got put on the back burner with this wonderful finding!!
we stoped in or. at the richardson ranch , pick up some ice blue poka dot agate . then off to the beach didn't find much as the tides were high .
Oct 5 2010, 12:30 PM EDT by
Does anyone know how and where to find agate or any other fun stuff like this around madison / jackson county alabama area? and how to identifie agate in rock form . any advice would be awsome
Aug 5 2010, 11:53 PM EDT by
Cash & Treasure on the Web
I love seeing Becky and Kirsten back on Cash & Treasure on the Web Wiki! In just a few minutes I learned so much about the treasure they found. You go through the adventure with them and feel their excitement when they hit it big! I think they're great hosts for the show on the Web. I'm hungry for more treasure hunting. What about hunting for Larimar? That seems to be a hot stone right now.
Aug 5 2010, 4:49 PM EDT by
been hooked on rocks ,since i was a kid,i find myself now an empty nester, so alot of time to myself..
.it would be an awesome blessing if i could make friends on this site who have rocks on the brain as i do :)
unfortunatly i live in southern new jersey,which doesnt have much going on in the way of cool rocks .i did find a really awesome bit of
petrifide wood ,still sitting under the rotten branch it came from . the woods around here have a high acid soil content im guessing
found some other odd out of place rocks ..and a living clear quarts pebble within cracks is a green algee ,
if its kept dry and dark the green fades .no worries a little water and some sun and its green again (my favorite pet rock,its truely alive)
working on getting a camera ,so i can photo share ,i know the rocks of south jersey arent the coolest ,but
iv found some odd ones that are note worthy..atleast to my untrained eye.
if you are a rockhound as i am ,add me no rock should stand alone
Jul 6 2010, 11:37 PM EDT by
My geological solution to plugging the hole in the ocean floor...
Draw an imaginary circle around the well head...radius to be determined by the diameter of the hole and depth to the oil bearing rock formation. Drill holes at an angle into the seafloor around the well head along this imaginary circle. Depth to be determined by the size of the dynamite, (depth charges), and diameter based on diameter of the depth charges, (dynamite). Drill at least 16 holes equal distance apart, 4 holes in each quadrant of the unit circle, ( 22.5 degrees of separation, 90 degrees divided by 4). A must have would be subsurface geological maps and topographical maps of the ocean floor, surrounding the well head, to facilitate accuracy and safety of the drilling operation and subsequent placement of the charges. Wire all charges together and blast the rock surrounding the well head causing an implosion on the sea floor, right after pulling all well head containment apparatus. The pressure from the water at 5,000 feet below the ocean surface should help to force all loose rock into the hole effectively plugging the well for life ending the constant flow of crude oil to the surface of the ocean floor. Dangerous operation...untested...would allow for drilling into the formation from another location where flow to the surface could be safely maintained with properly engineered blowout preventers!
Jun 30 2010, 2:21 PM EDT by
Been having a great time since the spring season started! I have found many new additions to my collection which I will be posting soon, including a tooth which I belive to be fossilized. Could it be from a neanderthal???? Leaving for Connecticut tomorrow in search of Garnet's
Jun 6 2010, 5:59 PM EDT by
Good day to all of our friends,Suzanne and I are moving to Balmorhea Texas, We bought an old lumber yard, It will be our home as well as the rock shop. We have lots of work ahead of us and lots of rocks to move. This area of Texas has so much agate that we will stay busy sawing and building cabs.The famos Balmorhea agate is in the hills and stream beds.We are hoping to make lots of new friends and gain permission to hunt on some of the ranches in the area. Suzanne found a nice black and gold plume last week when we were out there with a load of rocks.
If any of you ever get our way, Please stop in for a cup of coffee or a glass of tea. Then a trip out to find a pretty agate. Thanks for being our friends, Leon & Suzanne @ Hughes Gems and Minerals.We will have a new telephone # next mo. but for now it is 432 292 4704.
May 24 2010, 2:56 PM EDT by
Family Vacation Idea's
I believe we have caught the rockhounding / treasure hunting bug.
Last summer we went to Arkansas to dig for diamonds, which was a little too intensive for the ages of my children. However, my back-up plan was digging for crystals, so we wouldn't go home empty handed, and it was Great.
I would love to find more places with fee digs and tailings like we found in Arkansas.
Places in Texas would be great too. I'm having little luck with my searches, probably haven't figured out the right words yet but would love any thoughts, idea's,or suggestions.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.
May 18 2010, 12:09 PM EDT by
interesting amozonite with hemotite inclusion
here are a couple of pics of my amozonite finds this past weekend
amozonite plates with hematite
all from Lake George , Co.
May 10 2010, 12:29 PM EDT by