How much do you really know about Alabama? The southern state is neighbors with Tennessee, Georgia, Florida, and Mississippi. However, none of its neighbors has nearly the same amount of minerals. Alone, Alabama comprises around 190 species of minerals! Despite the seemingly large number, Alabama isn’t among the top five states for producing minerals, but that’s a story for … [Read more...] about Rockhounding in Alabama – Everything You Need to Know
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What Are Oregon Sunstones? Sunstones are feldspar crystals that formed in lava. Thirteen to fourteen million years ago, a volcano in the Steens Mountains erupted, pouring out massive amountsof lava. The lava flow was eventually completely covered by a enormous lake. This lava remained underwater for many thousands of years. But as the lake began to slowly dry up, the ancient … [Read more...] about Sunstone Mines In Oregon (Open To The Public)
There are millions of acres of public land in the U.S. where gold may be openly panned or dug. The rockhound may keep any findings obtained during these outings. Many collectors use these nuggets as a buffer against future financial needs. No taxes need to be paid until the gold is sold. So collecting gold in this way is fairly hassle-free for hobbyists. In order to avoid … [Read more...] about Can You Keep Gold Found On Public Land?
Petrified wood is found in many areas of the western United States. Nevada is not necessarily at the top of the list for petrified wood sources, but specimens are still frequently collected there. Many of the highest concentrations are found in Elko County in the northeastern corner of the state. But Elko County is not the only place to find wood fossils in Nevada. There are … [Read more...] about 5 Best Petrified Wood Locations In Nevada
Garnet, the birthstone for January, is mined at sites in many countries around the world. Ant Hill Garnets are rare and unique in the manner in which they are collected. The garnets are found only in the Four Corners area of the Southwestern United States, south of Monument Valley and near the small towns of Kayenta and Garnet Ridge. A Native Treasure Ant Hill Garnet has … [Read more...] about Where To Find Ant Hill Garnets In Arizona