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  1. Some interesting things can be found here...


    Anorthoclase feldspar (moonstone) from Stettin pluton in Stettin WI, fluorescent sodalite in syenite (glacial deposit, foid syenite), geodes and agates, incredible looking chert nodules formed in limestone as well as the state rock red granite. Just thought I'd share some of what I have found recently.






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  2. Is the blue spot always visible or only at certain angles when you rotate it? could be a schiller from labradorite or some other feldspar if it is seen only at certain angels.


    Unfortunately your camera is focusing on the background, try having a white sheet of paper behind it to create greater contrast, that might lock the focus in on the rock.

  3. On 7/9/2019 at 3:25 AM, 23XLive said:

    I think it's time for another hike. I'm going to Wisconsin at the end of this month to see my sister around the Madison area. I'm interested in checking out cave of the mounds and wish I was going to be there long enough to take a trip to the great lake to look for agates! 

    Have fun, I haven't been to cave of the mound before should be be interesting. Unless you were talking about driving all the way up to lake Superior from Madison you wont find many if any agates at lake Michigan beaches but if you have a long wave UV light you could find some of these....



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  4. Hardness and streak tests are as simple as it gets. Galena will have a dark grey to black streak and will easily scratch with a knife. What you may have here is some kind of iron ore material if you found it with a metal detector, put a magnet to it and see if it sticks, if does its not galena.

  5. Tumbling is all personal preference really, It all depends on what your plan is for the stuff. As a collector I prefer rocks and minerals in their natural state or sometimes rocks with a cut/polished face for display.

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  6. I found this at West Moreland state park in VA on the beach. It is a supposed location to find a variety of fossils including Megladon teeth.


    I found this lump of chert, that to me resembles a possible whale vertebrae. It is almost fist size. They said in the visitor lobby that whale bones can be found there and some on display. I am not very good with fossil id's. Any opinions? Thx.



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  7. Ya you should be able to find yooperlites there. I suggest do a little research on what to keep an eye out for because like Haderly said some of the more interesting stuff might not look all that great initially laying there in a pile next to other common but colorful, sparkling wet beach rocks. Lake Superior agates are a good example, on the outside they can look pretty UN-interesting but on the inside they can be a work of art.





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