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  1. I look forward to seeing pictures of your favorites. I will get a picture of the whole rock. If I remember correctly it is a piece of agate/chalcedony that had fairly thick water lines on one side. There is quite a bit of mud in the area that has hardened. There is a lot of green mineral in the area, but we have found jasper with blue, red, green, purple all banded in it. The variety is what has kept me going back to that same area.
  2. Bob, It seems to be a plant that has mineralized or crystallized. I have a bunch of the second picture pieces that I've collected. I know that I can't grind on them other than maybe a high grit polish because the root beer is close to the surface, maybe I will try that. I didn't think to check minedat for that area to see what minerals are there that could have caused the coloring. Thank-you!
  3. My buddy found this in the Mojave desert. He tried to wash it out at first. His jeweler's loop doesn't have a light and he thought it was just trash in the crevice. I've ordered a microscope that hooks up to the laptop via usb. I'm constantly blown away by the beauty that mother nature creates that might require close inspection to see. I've also included a pic of piece of chalcedony with what I call "smoke" in it. We have found quite a bit of it in one area recently, and I haven't figured out yet what causes the smoky look in it. Much respect to everyone in this forum. In the three months that I have been a part of the forum, I have really enjoyed all the information that has been shared and everyone sharing their finds.
  4. Looks like there might be some sweetness hiding inside of there! Great find! I love the bubbly!
  5. Nice collection for the week. The two large pieces in the center of the table are really interesting!
  6. Fuss, Did you find these near the lake? I found some chert on my trip to Middleton and was curious if these are found more near the lake (with the banding) or everywhere?
  7. I couldn't have said it as eloquently as Bedrock Bob, but I feel exactly the same way. Although I don't have a problem for the most part with people selling rocks and minerals, finding them, the story behind finding them and researching them, makes their worth multitudes more to me than just buying one. From the second I pick it up, that rock becomes part of me and who I am.
  8. Thank you for sharing that picture! I don't feel that you should apologize for the cuts of the rock. I am of the belief that rocks have a very particular shape and feel that they want to be and that only by working with it do we find out what that shape and feel is. It's one of the many nice suprises that it holds in store for us! It's beautiful!
  9. I would love to see what it looks like after you cut it and are done with it. I've never seen the inside of labadorite before.
  10. I ordered a short/long wave uv. After reading the article and watching a couple of youtube videos about Erik, it looks like I need to get some uv blocking safety glasses also. I'm hoping that my niece and two nephews catch the rock hounding fever and even if I don't find any Yooperlite, maybe they will in future adventures!
  11. Happy Birthday! Thank you for all the knowledge you have shared in the short time I've been a part of the forum!

  12. Happy Birthday!

  13. Wow, wow and most notably wow!
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