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Book150 - Arizona Rocks & Minerals - $14.95
Arizona Rocks & Minerals Arizona Rocks & Minerals
A Field Guide to the Grand Canyon State
by Bob & Dan Lynch
Soft cover, 4.5" x 6", 252 pages, copyright 2010

Your must-have guide to Arizona's rocks and minerals. Arizona Rocks & Minerals features full-color photos and presents the details you need to know for collecting and identifying rocks and minerals in Arizona. Included are photos and facts for 106 rocks and minerals including common rocks and rare finds. You will quickly find what you need to know and where to look with its easy to use format.

Inside this book you will find:
• Incredible, sharp, full-color photos: The authors know rocks, and they took their own photographs to depict all the details needed for identification - no need to guess from line drawings
• Comprehensive entries: Photos and facts for 106 rocks and minerals
• Common rocks and rare finds: Fascinating information about everything from agates and copper to turquoise and gold
• Easy to use format: Quickly find what you need to know and where to look

Contents include: Introduction; Hardness and Streak; The Mhos Hardness Scale; Quick Identification Guide; Arizona Rocks and Minerals; Glossary; Arizona Rock Shops and Museums; Bibliography and Recommended Reading; and an Index.


Book2 - Colorado Rockhounding - $20.00
Colorado Rockhounding Colorado Rockhounding
A Guide to Minerals, Gemstones and Fossils
by Stephen M. Voynick
Soft cover, 6" x 9", 372 pages, copyright 1994
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Covering more than 350 of Colorado's mineral, gemstone, and fossil collecting sites, Colorado Rockhounding provides rock hunters with an overview of the state's geologic origins and mining history, along with guidelines for safe, legal, and responsible rockhounding. Illustrated county by county descriptions reveal geologic and historic treasures in every corner of the state. Tips for field identification of 76 Colorado minerals ensure successful outings, even for neophyte collectors.

Whether you yearn to follow dinosaur tracks on hogback ridges, pan gold in mountain streams, hunt gemstones on towering peaks, or prospect in historic mining districts, let Colorado Rockhounding be your guide.


Book253 - Colorado Rocks & Minerals - $14.95
Colorado Rocks & Minerals Colorado Rocks & Minerals
A Field Guide to the Centennial State
by Dan and Bob Lynch
Soft cover, 4.5" x 6", 280 pages, copyright 2010

Your must-have guide to Colorado's rocks and minerals. Colorado Rocks & Minerals features full-color photos and presents the details you need to know for collecting and identifying rocks and minerals in Colorado. Included are photos and facts for 115 rocks and minerals including common rocks and rare finds. You will quickly find what you need to know and where to look with its easy to use format.

Inside this book you will find:
• Incredible, sharp, full-color photos: The authors know rocks, and they took their own photographs to depict all the details needed for identification - no need to guess from line drawings
• Comprehensive entries: Photos and facts for 115 rocks and minerals
• Common rocks and rare finds: Fascinating information about everything from amazonite and rhodochrosite to smoky quartz and gold
• Easy to use format: Quickly find what you need to know and where to look

Contents include: Introduction, Important Terms, An Overview of Colorado's Toxic and Radioactive Minerals, Hardness and Streak, The Mohs Hardness Scale, Quick Identification Guide, Colorado, Rocks and Minerals, Glossary, Colorado Rock Shops and Museums, Bibliography and Recommended Reading, and Index.


Book205 - Fee Mining and Mineral Adventures in the Eastern U.S. - $15.95
Fee Mining and Mineral Adventures in the Eastern U.S. Fee Mining and Mineral Adventures in the Eastern U.S.
by James and Jeannette Monaco
Soft cover, 8.5" x 11", 264 pages, copyright 2010
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Much more than a fee mining guide, Fee Mining and Mineral Adventures in the Eastern U.S. is a treasure trove of interesting sites to see and things to do related to rocks and minerals, gemstones, crystals, fossils, gold and other treasures. It describes a total of 270 sites of potential interest to rockhounds and their families including 75 digging sites for collectors, 79 museums for viewing and learning, 68 cave and cavern adventures and tours, along with many historic and natural points of interest.

Whether you are an experienced rockhound or prospector, or a family on vacation, you'll find fun, adventure, and maybe precious gems, gold or hidden treasures of man or nature. Fee Mining and Mineral Adventures in the Eastern U.S. will show you where to mine for Herkimer diamonds in New York, genuine diamonds in Arkansas, dive for treasure in Florida, pan for gold in North Carolina, explore caves from Missouri to Pennsylvania, dig for fluorescent minerals in New Jersey, beachcomb for fossils in South Carolina, and much, much more!

Organized by state, site information includes seasons and times of operation, address and contact information, cost, tools, and supplies needed. Interesting history, regional attractions, and camping information help make your trip even more enjoyable. Includes sites and points of interest in Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North and South Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia and Wisconsin.


Book3 - Fee Mining and Rockhounding Adventures in the West - $15.95
Fee Mining and Rockhounding Adventures in the West Fee Mining and Rockhounding Adventures in the West
by James and Jeannette Monaco
Soft cover, 8.5" x 11", 240 pages, copyright 2007
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This unique guide will direct you to a wide variety of "fee and free" rockhounding and mineral adventures throughout the western United States. Using this up-dated and revised edition of Fee Mining and Rockhounding Adventures in the West you can visit 100 collecting locations plus 153 museums, caves, points of interest, fairs and festivals. Digging locations are varied and include fee mines, gold prospecting areas, collecting sites for rocks, minerals and fossils, and adventure and cave tours.

Whether you are a casual hobbyist, a serious collector, or a family vacation, Fee Mining and Rockhounding Adventures in the West will be your indispensable guide to new rockhounding and prospecting adventures. It will show you where to mine for brilliant sapphires in Montana, find a petrified dinosaur bone in Colorado, collect smithsonite in New Mexico, precious fire agates in Arizona, and coveted opal in Nevada. You'll visit numerous mines and historic sites of the California gold rush. Search for fossilized fish and dinosaur bones in Wyoming. Discover gold in rivers and streams in Oregon, Washington and Alaska.

Organized by state, site information includes seasons and times of operation, address and contact information, cost, tools, and supplies needed. Interesting history, regional attractions, and camping information help make your trip even more enjoyable. Includes sites and points of interest in Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.


Book6 - Gem Trails of Arizona - $14.95
Gem Trails of Arizona Gem Trails of Arizona
by James R. Mitchell
Soft cover, 6" x 9", 272 pages, copyright 2009
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Arizona is known the world over for the abundance and variety of its geological treasures. In a landscape as diverse as the minerals themselves, this rich trove of gemstones can be found in sites ranging from arid desert to pine-covered peaks. Newly revised, the fourth edition of this best-selling guide contains the latest updates on the familiar sites and features twenty new locations for collecting rocks, minerals, crystals, and fossils, more than 90 collection sites in all!

Gem Trails of Arizona features detailed text describing where to go and what to look for at each site, maps for each site pinpointing the best supplies of specimens, photographs depicting the collecting areas, a new glossary to help you identify your finds, and a full color photographic portfolio of spectacular Arizona gems. Filled with expert advice based on years of experience, Gem Trails of Arizona is an indispensable handbook for the rockhound who is just starting to explore the wealth of this colorful state. The seasoned collector too will find this an invaluable reference.


Book231 - Gem Trails of British Columbia - $12.95
Gem Trails of British Columbia Gem Trails of British Columbia
by Cam Bacon
Soft cover, 5.5" x 8.5", 104 pages, copyright 2013

This updated and expanded second edition of Gem Trails of British Columbia continues to lead rockhounders along British Columbia's beautiful back roads to active and accessible collecting sites for gems, minerals and fossils.

Maps, photos and descriptions help novice and expert rockhounds plan week or weekend trips through ten regions of British Columbia:
• Highway 99 North
• Chilliwack to Hope
• Hope to Princeton
• Hope to Merritt
• Hope to Cache Creek
• Cache Creek to Kamloops
• Cache Creek North to 100 Mile House
• North Kamloops to Little Fort
• North British Columbia
• Kootenays

Gem Trails of British Columbia details sites where you can find and collect agate, jasper, garnet, serpentine, epidot, fluorite, tourmaline, jade, petrified wood, zeolites, amber, gold, silver minerals, soapstone, pyrite, bornite and other copper minerals, calcite, opal, travertine, geodes, crystals, fossils and more.


Book7 - Gem Trails of Colorado - $13.95
Gem Trails of Colorado Gem Trails of Colorado
by James R. Mitchell
Soft cover, 6" x 9", 224 pages, copyright 2007
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Colorado is known for its mineral and geologic diversity formed over the eons by violent tectonic and volcanic forces. This updated and expanded second edition of Gem Trails of Colorado features over 90 locations, including 27 new sites, where collectors can explore the mineral, gem and fossil treasure troves of Colorado in areas as varied as the minerals themselves. Your trips will take you through spectacular scenery, fascinating history, and interesting cities and towns.

These sites offer enthusiasts the opportunity to study or collect over 80 different minerals and numerous types of fossils. Agate and jasper, amazonite crystals, blue barite, feldspar, fluorite, garnet, geodes, opal, rhodochrosite, quartz crystal, topaz and tourmaline are just some of the specimens that rockhounds can add to their collections.

This indispensable guide features clear maps and directions, detailed descriptive text, numerous site photos, a full color specimen photo insert, safety tips and collecting guidelines, lists of rock and mineral clubs, mineral museums and mine tours and a mineral locator index and glossary.

From old abandoned mines to road cuts along the routes, from remote collecting areas to fee mining locations with all the modern amenities, there is something here for the amateur and experienced gem and fossil hunter alike within the pages of this updated edition of Gem Trails of Colorado.


Book173 - Gem Trails of Idaho and Western Montana - $14.95
Gem Trails of Idaho and Western Montana Gem Trails of Idaho and Western Montana
by Lanny Ream
Soft cover, 6" x 9", 256 pages, copyright 2012

Idaho and western Montana are two of the Northwest's most popular rock and gem collecting destinations, overflowing with beautiful scenery, mineral riches and rockhounding adventure.

In this long-awaited guide to the Gem State and western half of the Big Sky State, geologist and best-selling author Lanny Ream is your personal guide to 99 of the best collecting sites in this geographically dramatic and varied region.

An ideal field guide for both amateur and more experienced rock and fossil hunters, each site's write up has an "at-a-glance" info box that tells you what specimens you'll find, the best season for collecting, GPS coordinates, recommended tools and nearby attractions and facilities.

Discover and collect: agates, jasper, gold, garnet, sapphires, geodes, thundereggs, amethyst, fluorite, quartz varieties, tourmaline, pyrite, topaz, trilobites, chrysocolla, petrified wood and more.

All site descriptions include a brief overview and explanation of the collecting area, a detailed map to the site and photos of what you'll find when you get there.

So grab your rock pick and shovel and hit the Gem Trails of Idaho and Western Montana!


Book8 - Gem Trails of Nevada - $12.95
Gem Trails of Nevada Gem Trails of Nevada
by James R. Mitchell
Soft cover, 6" x 9", 192 pages, copyright 2002
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Completely revised and updated with 28 new sites, Gem Trails of Nevada is the collector's guide to over 75 of the best gem, fossil and mineral collecting areas the Silver State has to offer. From opal mines and mountain passes to abandoned ghost mining towns and parched deserts, the extensive landscape and mineral wealth of Nevada is still out there for the avid gem and mineral collector. Find out where to look, what to look for, what to bring, how to get there and what you can expect to find. And along the way you can expect to enjoy some of the natural wonders and earthly treasures that only Nevada has to offer.

Sites are divided into four geographical regions and are presented with directions, rockhounding tips, descriptive text, updated highway and site maps, and numerous black and white photos. Also included are a handy mineral locator index, a glossary, lists of museums, rock clubs, government agencies and a full-color insert of rock, fossil and mineral specimens found within Nevada's prolific borders. More than 75 locations throughout the state.


Book9 - Gem Trails of New Mexico - $14.95
Gem Trails of New Mexico Gem Trails of New Mexico
by James R. Mitchell
Soft cover, 6" x 9", 280 pages, copyright 2010
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New Mexico is a rockhound's paradise - 122,000 square miles, some mountainous and forested, but much of it is arid with little vegetation. Large amounts of public land are available for collecting. From micromount and gem quality mineral specimens, to fossil pieces containing life forms that are millions of years old, there is something of interest to both the novice and experienced collector.

Divided into four geographical regions, detailed maps, driving directions, descriptive text and helpful rockhounding tips lead collectors from the geologic wonderland of Bisti to the unbelievable variety of collectibles at the Rockhound State Park. New Mexico's extensive landscape and mineral wealth are highlighted here in color as well as black and white photographs. This latest fully revised edition of a classic, best-selling rockhound guide adds 34 new sites, updates the old ones, and details the finest rock, mineral and gem sites "The Land of Enchantment" has to offer. More than 100 locations throughout the state.


Book10 - Gem Trails of Northern California - $12.95
Gem Trails of Northern California Gem Trails of Northern California
by James R. Mitchell
Soft cover, 6" x 9", 192 pages, copyright 2005

There is jade, often occurring in qualities rivaling that from Wyoming or Burma; beautiful pink rhodonite, as fine as can be found anywhere; and the most diverse variety of gem obsidian in the entire country, if not the world. Weekend prospectors can even pan successfully for gold in the legendary gold rush country. Detailed text and maps lead the rockhound to beautiful scenery and fascinating rocks and minerals.

Full-color photos of specimens found at the end of the gem trail make identification easy. Black and white photos help locate collecting sites that include pine covered mountains, barren desert and beautiful beaches. From popular and commercial sites to those little known, out of the way places, this is the most complete guide to gem, fossil and mineral collecting in Northern California.


Book171 - Gem Trails of Oregon - $14.95
Gem Trails of Oregon Gem Trails of Oregon
by Garret Romaine
Soft cover, 6" x 9", 272 pages, copyright 2008

From pine-covered mountains to barren deserts and costal beaches, this completely revised edition features over 100 of Oregon's best rock, mineral and fossil collecting sites - including 40 completely new locations,

Site features include:
• Detailed Maps
• Descriptive Text and Photos
• New GPS Coordinates
• Road Difficulty Ratings
• Best Collecting Season
• Tools Required
• Nearby Camping and Local Attractions

Collectors will have the opportunity to discover 45 different varieties of Oregon's abundant natural resources from agates to zeolites and everything in between - such as rare sunstones and Josephinite, gold and thundereggs.

With a Mineral Locator Index, Glossary, list of mineral clubs and mineral museums plus a full-color specimen photo insert, Gem Trails of Oregon is the indispensable guidebook for either beginning or experienced mineral and fossil hunters.


Book11 - Gem Trails of Southern California - $12.95
Gem Trails of Southern California Gem Trails of Southern California
by James R. Mitchell
Soft cover, 6" x 9", 215 pages, copyright 2003
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From sandy beaches to desert landscapes, this revised edition is the definitive guide to collecting sites throughout Southern California. For agate to zoisite, find out where to search and find the best specimens that the area has to offer. Taking up where Gem Trails of Northern California left off, this companion book introduces 14 new sites and covers all of Southern California from just north of San Luis Obispo south to the Mexican border and all site points in between.

Detailed maps and descriptive text lead the rockhound to over 82 of the best collecting locales for gems, minerals and fossils. Numerous black and white photos aid in locating the collecting area and selective color photos help with specimen identification. Includes a handy mineral locator index, glossary and helpful contact information lists. Full of helpful hints for getting the most out of each site, the author becomes your personal tour guide to the many treasures that Southern California has to offer. Ideal for the novice and an important addition to any experienced rockhound's collection, Gem Trails of Southern California is a must for any rock collector exploring this diverse region.


Book172 - Gem Trails of Texas - $14.95
Gem Trails of Texas Gem Trails of Texas
by Brad Cross
Soft cover, 6" x 9", 176 pages, copyright 2011

The newly revised and updated edition of Gem Trails of Texas is the authoritative go-to field guide for rockhounding the Lone Star State. Over 50 collecting sites are mapped in detail and subdivided into six geographic regions, with handy at-a-glance overviews of each locale.

Well known author and geologist Brad Cross tells you what can be collected, the best seasons for collecting, road difficulty, GPS coordinates, recommended tools, as well as tips and techniques for optimal rockhounding. Sites also include photos of the terrain you will encounter, and useful information about nearby attractions and services.

Beautiful full-color inserts of specimens found in Texas are featured and will inspire you on your rockhounding road trips. Appendices and indexes list geologic attractions to visit, listings of active gem and mineral societies and a glossary of rockhounding terms and concepts.

From rolling green hills and rocky mountains, to lake beaches and southwest ranches, Gem Trails of Texas is your complete guide to finding quality rock, fossil, mineral and gem specimens throughout the big state of Texas.


Book12 - Gem Trails of Utah - $12.95
Gem Trails of Utah Gem Trails of Utah
by James R. Mitchell
Soft cover, 6" x 9", 232 pages, copyright 2006
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Welcome to rockhounding in Utah! You'll find many unique opportunities in a landscape as diverse as the gems, minerals, and fossils found here. There are trunks of petrified wood, faceting grade labradorite, topaz crystals of a color and clarity that rival any found anywhere, boulders of obsidian, delicate halite crystals and much, much more. Detailed text and maps lead the gem hunter to abandoned mine dumps, stunning desert terrain, deep canyons, pristine mountains and beautiful lakes in the search for specimens.

Black and white photos highlight the collecting area. A color section aids in specimen identification. This latest edition of a classic, best-selling guide is invaluable for the rockhounds just starting out, filled with expert advice and years of experience. For the collector who has been discovering Utah's treasures for years, it is an outstanding source of the old and the new sites in one handy volume. More than 75 locations throughout the state.


Book13 - Gem Trails of Washington - $18.95
Gem Trails of Washington Gem Trails of Washington
by Garret Romaine
Soft cover, 6" x 9", 200 pages, copyright 2007

The first comprehensive collecting guide of its kind for the Evergreen State, Gem Trails of Washington covers all four corners of the state, from the misty shores of the Olympic peninsula to dust-dry ghost towns and abandoned mines near Metaline Falls. Washington's diverse geology, ranging from fossil-rich Cambrian locales to seams of agate and jasper amid recent basalt flows, is explored in great detail.

Along the trails in this book you will find: gem-quality quartz scepters at Hansen Creek, stunning jade boulders near Darrington, the stonerose fossil beds at Republic, blue agate at Teanaway and Ellensburg, and petrified wood at Saddle Mountain near Mattawa, along with other sites with world-class material still available for dedicated collectors. Ranging from family-friendly walks along streams and rivers to hard-rock mining in the high Cascades, the locales are divided into four geographic regions. Sites are presented with detailed directions, site maps, GPS readings, descriptive text and numerous black and white photos. A handy mineral locator index, glossary, list of rock clubs and a full-color photo insert of rock, fossil and mineral specimens will enhance your collecting experience.


Book4 - The GPS Guide to Western Gem Trails - $17.95
The GPS Guide to Western Gem Trails The GPS Guide to Western Gem Trails
by David A. Kelty
Soft cover, 6" x 9", 294 pages, copyright 2007
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Rock and gem collecting the GPS way! Maps and compasses have been the standard for locating collecting sites for decades, but now there is an alternative way to find your destination - The GPS Guide to Western Gem Trails, now revised and expanded to include Texas. Compiled by a veteran rockhound, this handy supplemental GPS guide directs you to the best collecting sites found in the Gem Trails book series as well as other popular rockhounding guides for Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.

Beginning with an introduction and a highway map for each state, the north latitude, west longitude, DeLorme map page, section/township/range, 7.5 minute quadrangle sheet and jurisdiction are provided for each collecting site. A major waypoints section is also included for major cities, junctions and sites with county, latitude and longitude listed. Lists of national parks and monuments, places of special interest, government agencies, rock and mineral societies contact information and a helpful site index make this an indispensable tool for GPS users. With over 1,360 locations to chose from, The GPS Guide to Western Gem Trails is a reliable location tool to complement the guidebook collection of every serious rock and fossil collector.


Book207 - Idaho Minerals - $27.95
Idaho Minerals Idaho Minerals
The Complete Reference and Guide to the Minerals of Idaho
Second Edition
by Lanny Ream
Soft cover, 6" x 9", 373 pages, copyright 2004

Lanny Ream is a mineral collector, researcher, and publisher who is well known for his books and articles on minerals of the Pacific Northwest. In Idaho Minerals, his definitive reference on Idaho mineral occurrences is now expanded and extensively revised in this second edition to include numerous new references, discoveries, mineral locality descriptions, and photographs.

Like the first edition, Idaho Minerals includes several chapters on some of the classic mineral specimen producing areas that Idaho is known for. These chapters have been updated to include new information and color photographs.

Mineral descriptions have been updated to include new localities, many rare minerals that are new for Idaho, and additional information on localities published in the first edition. Mineral descriptions are supplemented by numerous color photographs of both macro and micro mineral specimens, serving to complement the extensive mineral descriptions and provide an aid to identification of mineral specimens from Idaho.

Through exhaustive research and personal exploration, Lanny Ream has prepared a useful guide and reference on Idaho minerals that will serve both amateur collectors and professional mineralogists.

Contents include: Part 1 - Locality Chapters: 1. Coeur d'Alene Mining District, 2. Blackbird Mining District, 3. Sawtooth Mountains

Part 2 - Mineral Descriptions: A. Acanthite - Azurite, B. Barite - Brookite, C. Calcite - Cyanotrichite, D. Delafossite - Dufitite, E. Elbaite - Evansite, F. Fayalite - Friebergite, G. Gadolinite - Gyrolite, H. Halloysite - Hydrozincite, I. Ilvaite, J. Jamesonite - Joseitie, K. Kainsoite - Kyanite, L. Labradorite - Ludwigite, M. Magnesioferrite - Muscovite, N. Natrolite - Nitratine, O. Offretite - Owyheeite, P. Palygorskite - Pyrrhotite, Q. Quartz, R. Realgar - Rutile, S. Safflorite - Sylvanite, T. Tacharanite - Tyrolite, U. Unknown - Uranophane, V. Valentinite - Volborthite, W. Wardite - Wurtzite, X. Xanthoconite - Xenotime, Z. Zalesiite - Zoisite.

Appendices include an extensive Bibliography and Mineral and Locality Index.


Book199 - Minerals, Fossils and Fluorescents of Arizona - $29.00
Minerals, Fossils and Fluorescents of Arizona Minerals, Fossils and Fluorescents of Arizona
A Field Guide for Collectors
by Neil R. Bearce
Soft cover, 7" x 10", 401 pages, copyright 2006

From the author of Minerals of Arizona comes a new field guide for the Arizona collector. Not an updated second edition, Minerals, Fossils and Fluorescents of Arizona is an entirely new, expanded guide designed not only for the mineral collector but for fossil and fluorescent collectors as well. No other Arizona rockhound book features sections devoted entirely to fossils and fluorescents.

The field research for Minerals, Fossils and Fluorescents of Arizona required more than three years, during which the author traveled 25,000 miles across the state and visited more than 3000 potential collecting sites. Inside this book you will find:
• 90 collecting sites with photographs and topographic maps
• GPS coordinates for each collecting location
• A difficulty scale showing the effort required to explore each site
• The basic science of minerals, fossils and fluorescents
• Geological formations at each site and properties of the minerals
• 20 full-color photographs of specimens by noted mineral photographer Jeff Scovil


Book262 - New Mexico Rockhounding - $25.00
New Mexico Rockhounding New Mexico Rockhounding
A Guide to Minerals, Gemstones and Fossils
by Stephen M. Voynick
Soft cover, 6.00" x 9.00", 309 pages, copyright 1997

New Mexico ranks among the best mineral and fossil collecting regions in the nation and is a destination for rockhounds the world over. This county-by-county guide describes where to go and what you'll find at more than 150 mineral, rock, gemstone or fossil collecting sites in the Land of Enchantment.

You'll learn where to look for smithsonite at Magdalena's Kelly Mine, quartz "diamonds" in the bluffs of the Pecos River, and Pennsylvanian marine fossils in the limestone cliffs of Jemez Canyon. Also are included are descriptions of eleven museums and eight national or state parks of geological, paleontological or archaeological interest.


Book252 - New Mexico Rocks & Minerals - $14.95
New Mexico Rocks & Minerals New Mexico Rocks & Minerals
A Field Guide to the Land of Enchantment
by Dan and Bob Lynch
Soft cover, 4.5" x 6", 320 pages, copyright 2014

Your must-have guide to New Mexico's rocks and minerals. New Mexico Rocks & Minerals features full-color photos and presents the details you need to know for collecting and identifying rocks and minerals in New Mexico. Included are photos and facts for 127 rocks and minerals including common rocks and rare finds. You will quickly find what you need to know and where to look with its easy to use format.

Inside this book you will find:
• Incredible, sharp, full-color photos: The authors know rocks, and they took their own photographs to depict all the details needed for identification - no need to guess from line drawings
• Comprehensive entries: Photos and facts for 127 rocks and minerals
• Common rocks and rare finds: Fascinating information about everything from agates and fossils to opal and gold
• Easy to use format: Quickly find what you need to know and where to look

Contents include: Introduction, Important Terms and Definitions, A Brief Overview of New Mexico's Geology, Precautions and Preparations, Potentially Dangerous Minerals, Protected Fossils and Artifacts of New Mexico, Hardness and Streak, The Mohs Hardness Scale, Quick Identification Guide, Rocks and Minerals Found in New Mexico, Glossary, New Mexico Rock Shops and Museums, Notable Geological Sites and Activities, Bibliography and Recommended Reading, and Index.


Book22 - Northeast Treasure Hunter's Gem & Mineral Guide - $14.99
Northeast Treasure Hunter's Gem & Mineral Guide Northeast Treasure Hunter's Gem & Mineral Guide
Where & How to Dig, Pan and Mine Your Own Gems and Minerals
by Kathy Rygle and Stephen Pedersen
Soft cover, 6" x 9", 203 pages, copyright 2008

Whether you're digging for the first time or are an experienced rockhound or "prospector," with a simple rock hammer and a little luck, you too can strike it rich... or at the very least have fun trying. This guide offers you easy-to-use information on the ins and outs of "fee dig" mining in the Northeast United States, complete with locations, costs, tips on technique, entertaining legends and important information on everything from safety kits to the location of the nearest rest rooms.

Included are resources for identifying your finds, having them made into jewelry, and further pursuing an exciting - and possibly profitable - hobby.

Inside Northeast Treasure Hunter's Gem & Mineral Guide you'll find:
• Equipment and Clothing: What you need and where to find it or make it yourself.
• Mining Techniques: Step-by-step instructions on panning for gold, sluicing for gems and other methods.
• Gem and Mineral Sites: Directions and maps, hours, fees, and equipment needed. Also includes info on guide services, local camping facilities and more.
• Museum and Mine Tours: Where to visit commercial and historical mines, as well as museums with exhibits of gems and minerals, for help in learning what to look for.
• Special Events and Tourist Information: Listings of regional events involving gems and minerals, and sources of general travel and tourism information for every state.
• Other features: Where to find your birthstone... your anniversary stone... your zodiac stone; Index by State, Index by Gem/Mineral; U.S. State Gems & Minerals Chart; and more!

Covers Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Indiana, Illinois, Maine, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Wisconsin.


Book23 - Northwest Treasure Hunter's Gem & Mineral Guide - $14.99
Northwest Treasure Hunter's Gem & Mineral Guide Northwest Treasure Hunter's Gem & Mineral Guide
Where & How to Dig, Pan and Mine Your Own Gems and Minerals
by Kathy Rygle and Stephen Pedersen
Soft cover, 6" x 9", 177 pages, copyright 2008

Whether you're digging for the first time or are an experienced rockhound or "prospector," with a simple rock hammer and a little luck, you too can strike it rich... or at the very least have fun trying. This guide offers you easy-to-use information on the ins and outs of "fee dig" mining, complete with locations, costs, tips on technique, entertaining legends and important information on everything from safety kits to the location of the nearest restrooms. Included are resources for use in identifying your finds, exploring the lapidary arts, and further pursuing an exciting - and possibly profitable - hobby.

Inside Northwest Treasure Hunter's Gem & Mineral Guide you'll find:
• Equipment and Clothing: What you need and where to find it or make it yourself.
• Mining Techniques: Step-by-step instructions on panning for gold, sluicing for gems and other methods.
• Gem and Mineral Sites: Directions and maps, hours, fees, and equipment needed. Also includes info on guide services, local camping facilities and more.
• Museum and Mine Tours: Where to visit commercial and historical mines, as well as museums with exhibits of gems and minerals, for help in learning what to look for.
• Special Events and Tourist Information: Listings of regional events involving gems and minerals, and sources of general travel and tourism information for every state.
• Other features: Where to find your birthstone... your anniversary stone... your zodiac stone; Index by State, Index by Gem/Mineral; U.S. State Gems & Minerals Chart; and more!

Covers Alaska, Idaho, Iowa, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Washington and Wyoming.


Book24 - Southeast Treasure Hunter's Gem & Mineral Guide - $14.99
Southeast Treasure Hunter's Gem & Mineral Guide Southeast Treasure Hunter's Gem & Mineral Guide
Where & How to Dig, Pan and Mine Your Own Gems and Minerals
by Kathy Rygle and Stephen Pedersen
Soft cover, 6" x 9", 189 pages, copyright 2008

Whether you're digging for the first time or are an experienced rockhound or "prospector," with a simple rock hammer and a little luck, you too can strike it rich... or at the very least have fun trying. This guide offers you easy-to-use information on the ins and outs of "fee dig" mining, complete with locations, costs, tips on technique, entertaining legends and important information on everything from safety kits to the location of the nearest restrooms. Included are resources for use in identifying your finds, exploring the lapidary arts, and further pursuing an exciting - and possibly profitable - hobby.

Inside Southeast Treasure Hunter's Gem & Mineral Guide you'll find:
• Equipment and Clothing: What you need and where to find it or make it yourself.
• Mining Techniques: Step-by-step instructions on panning for gold, sluicing for gems and other methods.
• Gem and Mineral Sites: Directions and maps, hours, fees, and equipment needed. Also includes info on guide services, local camping facilities and more.
• Museum and Mine Tours: Where to visit commercial and historical mines, as well as museums with exhibits of gems and minerals, for help in learning what to look for.
• Special Events and Tourist Information: Listings of regional events involving gems and minerals, and sources of general travel and tourism information for every state.
• Other features: Where to find your birthstone... your anniversary stone... your zodiac stone; Index by State, Index by Gem/Mineral; U.S. State Gems & Minerals Chart; and more!

Covers Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia.


Book25 - Southwest Treasure Hunter's Gem & Mineral Guide - $14.99
Southwest Treasure Hunter's Gem & Mineral Guide Southwest Treasure Hunter's Gem & Mineral Guide
Where & How to Dig, Pan and Mine Your Own Gems and Minerals
by Kathy Rygle and Stephen Pedersen
Soft cover, 6" x 9", 205 pages, copyright 2008

Whether you're digging for the first time or are an experienced rockhound or "prospector," with a simple rock hammer and a little luck, you too can strike it rich... or at the very least have fun trying. This guide offers you easy-to-use information on the ins and outs of "fee dig" mining, complete with locations, costs, tips on technique, entertaining legends and important information on everything from safety kits to the location of the nearest restrooms. Included are resources for use in identifying your finds, exploring the lapidary arts, and further pursuing an exciting - and possibly profitable - hobby.

Inside Southwest Treasure Hunter's Gem & Mineral Guide you'll find:
• Equipment and Clothing: What you need and where to find it or make it yourself.
• Mining Techniques: Step-by-step instructions on panning for gold, sluicing for gems and other methods.
• Gem and Mineral Sites: Directions and maps, hours, fees, and equipment needed. Also includes info on guide services, local camping facilities and more.
• Museum and Mine Tours: Where to visit commercial and historical mines, as well as museums with exhibits of gems and minerals, for help in learning what to look for.
• Special Events and Tourist Information: Listings of regional events involving gems and minerals, and sources of general travel and tourism information for every state.
• Other features: Where to find your birthstone... your anniversary stone... your zodiac stone; Index by State, Index by Gem/Mineral; U.S. State Gems & Minerals Chart; and more!

Covers Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Kansas, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas and Utah.


Book170 - Rockhounding Alaska - $16.95
Rockhounding Alaska Rockhounding Alaska
A Guide to 75 of Alaska's Best Rockhounding Sites
by Montana Hodges
Soft cover, 6" x 9", 221 pages, copyright 2010

Rockhounding Alaska is a must-have reference for collecting rocks, minerals and fossils in the Last Frontier. This guidebook features an overview of Alaska's geologic history as well as a site-by-site guide to seventy-five collecting locations that stretch from Kodiak Island to the Arctic Circle, with treasures ranging from ancient fossilized sea creatures to precious gems and gold nuggets.

Inside Rockhounding Alaska you'll find:
• Maps and detailed site descriptions with directions and GPS coordinates
• Suggested tools and techniques
• Land-use regulations and legal restrictions
• Contact information for land managers
• Additional information on rock shops, attractions and local history

A complete and accurate guide book to the state's vast riches, Rockhounding Alaska is the ideal resource for rockhounds of all ages and experience levels with an interest in exploring, prospecting and collecting rocks, gems, gold and fossils in Alaska.


Book14 - Rockhounding Arizona - $18.95
Rockhounding Arizona Rockhounding Arizona
A Guide to 75 of the State's Best Rockhounding Sites
by Gerry Blair
Soft cover, 6" x 9", 218 pages, copyright 2008

A complete guide to finding, collecting and preparing Arizona's gems and minerals. Search for gold in the Superstition Mountains. Dig for turquoise at the foot of the Hieroglyphic Range. Hunt for jasper in the historic mining district near Bagdad. An outstanding sourcebook for experts and novices alike, Rockhounding Arizona points the way to seventy-five of the best rockhounding sites in Arizona, including popular and commercial areas as well as lesser-known sites on public land.

Inside Rockhounding Arizona you'll find:
• Maps and detailed site descriptions with directions
• Suggested tools and techniques
• Land-use regulations and legal restrictions
• Contact information for land managers


Book169 - Rockhounding California - $16.95
Rockhounding California Rockhounding California
by Gail Butler
Soft cover, 6" x 9", 228 pages, copyright 2012

Although best known for its gold production, California is a virtual haven for rock and gem collectors. With this fully revised and updated edition, you can explore the mineral rich desert regions, comb tide-washed beaches for jade, agate, abalone, and fossilized whale bone; and prospect in the mountains and hills for gold, copper, and other minerals and gems. This guide describes seventy-four of California's best rockhounding sites and covers popular and commercial sites as well as numerous little-known areas.

Inside Rockhounding California you'll find:
• Maps and detailed descriptions with directions
• GPS coordinates for many sites
• Suggested tools and techniques
• Land-use regulations and legal restrictions
• Information on nearby camping
• List of California's rockhound clubs
• Additional information on rock shops, attractions and local history


Book15 - Rockhounding Colorado - $16.95
Rockhounding Colorado Rockhounding Colorado
by William and Cora Kappele
Soft cover, 6" x 9", 241 pages, copyright 2004

A fascinating treasure hunt awaits you in the Centennial State. Rockhounding Colorado takes you to nearly 100 of the best rockhounding sites in the state. Search for amethyst and quartz at the Crystal Hill Mine. Check out the view at Douglass Pass while looking for leaf imprints and insect fossils. Or head to Saint Peters Dome to uncover green, white and purple fluorite.

Veteran rockhounders William and Cora Kappele lend their more than 30 years experience, outlining some of the best places to turn up rhodonite, agate, pyrite, and more. You'll get the inside dirt on the best seasons to hunt, what you'll find at each site, where to spend the night, and even special attractions to visit while you're in the area.

Inside Rockhounding Colorado you'll find:
• Detailed descriptions of each site
• Information on what tools to bring
• Advice on what kind of vehicle is needed to get to each site
• Lists of BLM, County office, and National Forest contact information

Whether you're a beginner or veteran collector, let Rockhounding Colorado be your guide on your next rockhounding adventure.


Book260 - Rockhounding Delaware, Maryland and the Washington DC Metro Area - $21.95
Rockhounding Delaware, Maryland and the Washington DC Metro Area Rockhounding Delaware, Maryland and the Washington DC Metro Area
A Guide to the Areas' Best Rockhounding Sites
by Robert Beard
Soft cover, 6.00" x 9.00", 269 pages, copyright 2015

With this informative guide, you can explore the mineral-rich areas of Deleware, Maryland and Washington, DC. The book describes the areas' best rockhounding sites, covering popular and commercial sites as well as numerous little-known areas. This hand guide also describes how to collect specimens and includes maps and directions to each site. Rockhounding Delaware, Maryland and the Washington DC Metro Area offers a complete introduction to this multifaceted hobby and is an invaluable sourcebook.

Inside Rockhounding Delaware, Maryland and the Washington DC Metro Area you'll find:
• Maps and detailed descriptions with directions and GPS coordinates
• Suggested tools and techniques
• Land use regulations and legal restrictions
• Information on nearby attractions


Book168 - Rockhounding Idaho - $16.95
Rockhounding Idaho Rockhounding Idaho
A Guide to 99 of the State's Best Rockhounding Sites
by Garret Romaine
Soft cover, 6" x 9", 253 pages, copyright 2010

Rockhounding Idaho is a must-have book for anyone interested in collecting rocks, minerals, fossils, and gold in the Gem State. Completely up-to-date with over 200 GPS coordinates in ninety-nine collecting locals, it covers popular and widely known fee-dig operations as well as four-wheel drive adventures into the desert, and long winding drives through the mountains. The result is a complete and accurate guide to the state's vast riches.

Inside Rockhounding Idaho you'll find:
• Maps and detailed site descriptions with directions
• Suggested tools and techniques
• Land use regulations and legal restrictions
• Information on nearby camping

Author Garret Romaine - a long-time field collector in the Pacific Northwest and an award winning writer - clearly explains the broad outlines of Idaho's many collecting locales and mining districts, and provides an appreciation for the geology underneath. You can use this guide to plan expeditions straight across the state or to devise looping road trips that cover a single region in great detail. From agates to zeolites, from garnets to gold, Rockhounding Idaho is the ideal resource for rockhounds of all ages and experience levels. Whether you're a beginner or veteran collector, Rockhounding Idaho will guide you to your next rockhounding adventure.


Book16 - Rockhounding Montana - $16.95
Rockhounding Montana Rockhounding Montana
A Guide to 91 of Montana's Best Rockhounding Sites
by Montana Hodges and Robert Feldman
Soft cover, 6" x 9", 217 pages, copyright 2006

Search for stunning Montana agate along the Yellowstone River. Hunt for sapphires at the Spokane Bar Sapphire Mine. Help paleontologists excavate dinosaurs in Malta. Rockhounding Montana points the way to the best rockhounding in the state, including popular and commercial areas as well as lesser known sites on public land. This guide is an excellent sourcebook for experts and novices alike.

Inside Rockhounding Montana you'll find:
• Detailed site descriptions with directions and GPS coordinates
• Suggested tools and techniques
• Land-use regulations and legal restrictions
• Contact information for land managers
• Additional information on rock shops, attractions and local history


Book17 - Rockhounding Nevada - $15.95
Rockhounding Nevada Rockhounding Nevada
A Guide to the State's Best Rockhounding Sites
by William A. Kappele
Soft cover, 6" x 9", 240 pages, copyright 1998

A complete guide to finding and collection Nevada's gems and minerals. Rockhounding Nevada is a must-have book for anyone interested in collecting rocks, minerals, fossils and gems in the Silver State. Fully up to date with GPS coordinates for more than 100 collecting locales, it covers popular and widely known fee-dig operations as well as four-wheel-drive adventures into the desert and long winding drives through the mountains. The result is a complete and accurate guide to Nevada's gem and mineral deposits.

William Kapple - a veteran rockhounder in the West with more than 40 years of experience - concisely describes the best places to locate agate, opal, jasper, fossils, fluorescent minerals, obsidian, chalcedony, wonderstone, malachite, petrified wood, limb casts, and much more.

Inside Rockhounding Nevada you'll find:
• Maps and detailed site descriptions with directions
• Suggested tools and techniques
• Land-use regulations and legal restrictions
• Information on nearby camping


Book238 - Rockhounding New England - $21.95
Rockhounding New England Rockhounding New England
A Guide to 100 of the State's Best Rockhounding Sites
by Peter Cristofono
Soft cover, 6" x 9", 312 pages, copyright 2014

Rockhounding New England provides a complete guide to finding, collecting and preparing New England's minerals, Gems and fossils.

New England's complex geology hosts a stunning variety of material, from gold-bearing placers to fossiliferous limestone and from gem-bearing pegmatites to rocks containing some of the rarest minerals on Earth.

Inside Rockhounding New England you'll find:
• Maps and detailed site descriptions with directions and GPS coordinates
• Suggested tools and techniques
• Land-use regulations and legal restrictions
• Information on nearby camping
• Additional information on clubs, rock shops, museums, and special attractions

This comprehensive field guide - the first to cover all six New England states - describes 100 of the region's best sites for rockhounding. Detailed directions and valuable collecting tips help you plan your next excursion, and mineral and fossil lists for each state along with color photos help you identify your finds. Written by a collector and mineral expert with more than thirty-five years of experience, Rockhounding New England is a must-have book for New England collectors of all ages and experience levels.


Book18 - Rockhounding New Mexico - $15.95
Rockhounding New Mexico Rockhounding New Mexico
A Guide to 140 of the State's Best Rockhounding Sites
by Ruth Vaskys and Martin Freed
Soft cover, 6" x 9", 257 pages, copyright 2008

A complete guide to finding, collecting, and preparing New Mexico's gems and minerals. More than a third of New Mexico is public land that holds untold quantities of mineralogical treasure. With this book anyone can learn where to find unusual mineral displays, fossils, jasper, agate and petrified wood - not to mention more obsidian than one rockhound could possibly collect in a lifetime. And outstanding resource for experts and novices alike, Rockhounding New Mexico points the way to 140 of the state's best rockhounding sites, including popular and commercial areas as well as lesser-known sites on public land.

Inside Rockhounding New Mexico you'll find:
• Maps and detailed site descriptions with directions and GPS coordinates
• Suggested tools and techniques
• Land-use regulations and legal restrictions
• Contact information for land managers
• Additional information on rock shops, attractions, and local history


Book228 - Rockhounding New York - $19.95
Rockhounding New York Rockhounding New York
A Guide to the State's Best Rockhounding Sites
by Robert Beard
Soft cover, 6" x 9", 277 pages, copyright 2014

Rockhounding New York provides a complete guide to finding and collecting the state's gems and minerals.New York is a virtual haven for rock and gem collectors. With this informative guide you can explore the mineral-rich state, from the beaches to the mountains. It describes the state's best rockhounding sites and covers popular and commercial sites as well as numerous little-known areas. This handy guide also describes how to collect specimens and includes maps and directions to each site. Rockhounding New York offers a complete introduction to this many-faceted hobby and is an invaluable sourcebook.

Inside Rockhounding New York you'll find:
• Maps and detailed site descriptions with directions
• GPS coordinates for all sites
• Information on other nearby attractions

Detailed are 98 collecting sites, where to find them, and what you'll find there, located throughout New York, including the Atlantic Coastal Plain, Manhattan Prong, Hudson Highlands, Taconic Mountains, Hudson-Mohawk Lowlands, Adirondack Mountains, Tug Hill Plateau, Allegheny Plateau, Ontario Lowlands and Erie Lowlands. Appendices provide an index and an extensive list of cited references.


Book237 - Rockhounding Oregon - $19.95
Rockhounding Oregon Rockhounding Oregon
A Guide to the State's Best Rockhounding Sites
by Lars W. Johnson
Soft cover, 6" x 9", 277 pages, copyright 2014

Rockhounding Oregon provides a complete guide to finding, collecting and repairing the gems and minerals of Oregon.

This book provides detailed instructions and GPS coordinates to the best rockhounding sites in Oregon, with valuable tips on what tools to bring and how to conduct your search. Comprehensive lists of minerals or fossils for each site and excellent color photos will help you know what to look for and how to identify what you've found. Information on clubs, rock shops, museums and special attractions is provided.

Inside Rockhounding Oregon you'll find:
• Maps and detailed site descriptions with directions
• Suggested tools and techniques
• Land-use regulations and legal restrictions
• Additional information on nearby attractions

Rockhounding Oregon is a must-have reference for anyone interested in collecting their own minerals, gems and fossils in Oregon.


Book167 - Rockhounding Pennsylvania and New Jersey - $16.95
Rockhounding Pennsylvania and New Jersey Rockhounding Pennsylvania and New Jersey
by Robert Beard
Soft cover, 6" x 9", 277 pages, copyright 2013

Rockhounding Pennsylvania and New Jersey provides a complete guide to finding, collecting, and preparing gems and minerals throughout the states of Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

With this informative guide, you can explore the mineral-rich regions of Pennsylvania and New Jersey, from the beaches to the mountains. It describes 89 of these states' best rockhounding sites and covers popular and commercial sites as well as numerous little-known areas.

This handy guide also describes how to collect specimens, includes maps and directions to each site, and lists rock clubs in each state. Rockhounding Pennsylvania and New Jersey offers a complete introduction to this many-faceted hobby and is an invaluable sourcebook for rockhounds interested in exploring, prospecting and collecting in these states.

Inside Rockhounding Pennsylvania and New Jersey you'll find:
• Maps and detailed site descriptions with directions
• Suggested tools and techniques
• Land-use regulations and legal restrictions
• Additional information on nearby attractions


Book19 - Rockhounding Utah - $12.95
Rockhounding Utah Rockhounding Utah
by William A. Kapple
Soft cover, 6" x 9", 180 pages, copyright 1996

As author William Kapple reminds us in the introduction to Rockhounding Utah, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Accordingly he gives us "just the facts" that rockhounds need to know to find their way to the best collecting sites in the Beehive State and what mineral samples, rocks and formations are to be found there. Still, most readers will find between the lines that the author can't quite squelch his enthusiasm for the grandeur of Utah's exposed formations, its canyon walls etched with fossils, and the spires and arches of the Needles District in Canyonlands National Park.

Kapple, who has traveled in the western United States for 30 years in search of rocks, gems and other lapidary pleasures, brings his experience to bear on Utah's 54.4 million acres, providing detailed descriptions of 86 sites. Each description includes concise information on the material to be found there, the tools to bring, the best season to visit, the vehicle to drive, or when a remote find suggests it's time to lace up the hiking boots. Readers will glean new insights into the obsidian of the Black Rock sites, jasper at Hell's Backbone, petrified wood at Bullfrog Turnoff, and fossils of sea lilies along the Wasatch Range.

May your journeys be fruitful and your bag be heavy on the way home. Somewhere in that bag we hope you haven't forgotten your copy of Rockhounding Utah.


Book20 - Rockhounding Wyoming - $12.95
Rockhounding Wyoming Rockhounding Wyoming
by Kenneth Lee Graham
Soft cover, 6" x 9", 158 pages, copyright 1996

Rockhounding Wyoming is an introduction to a fascinating treasure hunt for those seeking jade, agate, bloodstone, fossils, petrified wood, fluorite, or other precious stones. Although the rockhounding treasures are many in this vast and sparsely populated state, author Kenneth Graham points out that "sometimes the joy is in the search itself." The 75 sites described in this guide will take you across the red desert to the high mountain majesty of the Big Horns and Wind Rivers as well as the geologic wonders of Yellowstone National Park.

The author - a former hardrock miner - developed an interest in rocks at an early age. In Rockhounding Wyoming, Graham shares his enthusiasm for rockhounding and his appreciation for the diverse Wyoming landscape that holds the treasure. Each description provides detailed information complete with maps on how the find the remote as well as popular digs, what will likely be found there, the tools to bring, the best season to visit, the appropriate vehicle to drive, or when to lace up your hiking boots to get to those out-of-the-way places.

Be sure to take along Rockhounding Wyoming to help plan your next rockhounding adventure.


Book21 - Rocks and Minerals of California - $13.95
Rocks and Minerals of California Rocks and Minerals of California
by Vinson Brown, David Allan and James Stark
Soft cover, 5.5" x 8.5", 200 pages, copyright 1987

Here is a book to take into all parts of California on trips and hikes, making you knowledgeable of the rocks and minerals found, and saving hours of time by describing and picturing just those kinds found in this state. Most geologists will tell you that pictures alone can be very misleading when used to identify rocks and minerals. This is particularly true of color pictures because most rocks and minerals have a bewildering set of colors and only in the metallic minerals is color really important. For this reason it is vital to tie the pictures in with clearly developed keys that show how to use harness, color, specific gravity, luster, texture, crystal shapes and so on systematically to identify what you have found. This is successfully accomplished in Rocks and Minerals of California to increase your ability and understanding as a field collector.

Along with useful charts and maps that help to locate mineral deposits throughout the state are 80 pages of Quadrangle Map information. The reader can order California Quadrangle Maps by the specific name listed under the county they are interested in from the U.S. Geological Survey, Denver, Colorado. The rocks and minerals each with Township, Range and Section numbers listed within these pages allow the reader to pinpoint the area on the specific map down to forty acres or less.


Book254 - Washington & Oregon Rocks & Minerals - $14.95
Washington & Oregon Rocks & Minerals Washington & Oregon Rocks & Minerals
A Field Guide to the Evergreen and Beaver States
by Dan and Bob Lynch
Soft cover, 4.5" x 6", 320 pages, copyright 2012

Your must-have guide to Washington's and Oregon's rocks and minerals. Washington & Oregon Rocks & Minerals features full-color photos and presents the details you need to know for collecting and identifying rocks and minerals in Washington & Oregon. Included are photos and facts for 124 rocks and minerals including common rocks and rare finds. You will quickly find what you need to know and where to look with its easy to use format.

Inside this book you will find:
• Incredible, sharp, full-color photos: The authors know rocks, and they took their own photographs to depict all the details needed for identification - no need to guess from line drawings
• Comprehensive entries: Photos and facts for 124 rocks and minerals
• Organized in three sections: Rocks and minerals common to both Washington and Oregon, those found specifically in Washington, and rocks and minerals found only in Oregon
• Common rocks and rare finds: Fascinating information about everything from jasper and thunder eggs to gold and petrified wood.
• Easy to use format: Quickly find what you need to know and where to look

Contents include: Introduction, Important Terms and Definitions, A Brief Overview of the Geology of Washington and Oregon, Precautions and Preparations, Potentially Dangerous Minerals, Protected Fossils and Artifacts of Washington and Oregon, Hardness and Streak, The Mohs Hardness Scale, Quick Identification Guide, Rocks and Minerals Found in Both States, Washington Rocks and Minerals, Oregon Rocks and Minerals, Glossary, Rock Shops and Museums, Bibliography and Recommended Reading, and Index.


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