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Reply #15 - Aug 7th, 2017 at 3:54pm
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Really? How much you think my stuff is worth?


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Reply #16 - Aug 7th, 2017 at 7:43pm
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  How do you make marbles out of this stuff?
  

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Reply #17 - Aug 7th, 2017 at 8:35pm
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Sphere grinding machines.


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Reply #18 - Aug 8th, 2017 at 10:14am
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westerner wrote on Aug 7th, 2017 at 12:11am:
I have no idea how this stuff forms. (crypotocrystalline).


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It forms from heating silica Joe. How it looks after forming depends on the amount of moisture present during a volcanic, or heating process. More water gives the more marbled effect, and little or no moisture will result in more crystalized effect, like we see in quartz crystals. The amount of pressure during this formation will have some effect on the results also.
  

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Reply #19 - Aug 8th, 2017 at 11:12am
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I must be worth billions! And BILLIONS!   Shocked

How do you know that, MG? I've read the same theory, and others, but wonder if it's correct. Items found in old abandoned mines have been found to be covered in silica. Splain that one. How do we explain silicified snails and wood?


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Reply #20 - Aug 8th, 2017 at 11:37am
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Copies of the magazine may be ordered online.
  
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Reply #21 - Aug 8th, 2017 at 11:37am
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Really? How much you think my stuff is worth?
Bet you got Trump beat if you include those rifles I've seen pics of.

looking online, I haven't found anything that looks much like your paperweight.
There is a mineral store here on tourist row, I'll print out your pic and ask.
Small samples of some agate are in the hundreds online, others about 50 to 70 bucks.
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Reply #22 - Aug 8th, 2017 at 6:31pm
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Got an offer to buy the big tube agate. Told him I wouldn't know what it's worth and that it's a great paper weight. Told me he also buys botryoidal specimens.
Didn't show him this one.


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Reply #23 - Aug 8th, 2017 at 6:50pm
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That one is a little creepy looking. Sorta reminds me of blisters on blubber- or something....
  
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Reply #24 - Aug 8th, 2017 at 7:18pm
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Biggest piece I've ever seen. Had to bring it home. Three pounds.


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westerner wrote on Aug 8th, 2017 at 11:12am:
I must be worth billions! And BILLIONS!   Shocked

How do you know that, MG? I've read the same theory, and others, but wonder if it's correct. Items found in old abandoned mines have been found to be covered in silica. Splain that one. How do we explain silicified snails and wood?


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Well Joe, I'm not a spelunker, and what little I know comes from books. simply covering something with silica sand or dust wont make it into something. It takes a lot more years than we see, and pressures, heat, etc. to have the process work.
Don't fully understand it myself.
  

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Reply #26 - Aug 8th, 2017 at 9:57pm
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Did I make it sound like they were covered with silica? Not what I meant. The items are turning into silica.

I'm skeptical. How is a snail transformed into agate? Not through volcanic heat or pressure.
I don't think anyone knows for sure.


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Reply #27 - Aug 9th, 2017 at 12:53am
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At a petrified wood identification workshop it was brought up that in a lab it was possible to carefully dissolve the silica and leave the cellulose cell skeletons which could then be stained and studied as any botanical specimen. The silica had just filled in and around the cell structures.
  
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Reply #28 - Aug 24th, 2017 at 8:22pm
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Saw this one at a show last month and thought of you, Joe. A $6 tube from Tampa Bay, Florida.
  
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Reply #29 - Aug 24th, 2017 at 10:28pm
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most likely only on TV
  
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