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Is collecting rocks. I like agate and jasper. New find of plume agate. 


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Nice, Joe. Here's some Texas plume.
  
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Beautiful colors! 

So far I've not found anything with comparable colors here in Eastern Idaho. Have found traces, (small pieces) of bright red agate. One of these days may find the source.

Here is a 25LB chunk of plume with a nice green color. My saw is not quite big enough to cut it. Pictures are front and back. To find that much color is perty exciting.



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Reply #3 - Jul 10th, 2017 at 9:29pm
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Great hobby!
They don't have rocks in Florida. (at least I haven't seen any)
In Connecticut, you can't put a shovel 6" into the ground without hitting one.
Just a lot of shell and sand here, amazing that grass can grow.
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Very Nice! My Wife has quite a rock collection!

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Beautiful specimens, Joe.

If you could inlet an attractive slab into a rifle's buttstock, it'd be sure to give you a rock-steady hold!
  
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Nice piece, Joe.
  
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Joe, Is that fossilized fauna or flora?
  

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Plume agate.  Mystery to me.   Undecided


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Beautiful stuff!
  

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I have no idea how this stuff forms. (crypotocrystalline).


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Interesting tube agate!
  
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Tube agate is really strange and really neat. Here's one I found earlier this summer.  Weight, two pounds. Makes a neat paper weight.


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Guys on TV are making big bucks for that stuff.
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Really? How much you think my stuff is worth?


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  How do you make marbles out of this stuff?
  

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Sphere grinding machines.


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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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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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Copies of the magazine may be ordered online.
  
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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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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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That one is a little creepy looking. Sorta reminds me of blisters on blubber- or something....
  
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Biggest piece I've ever seen. Had to bring it home. Three pounds.


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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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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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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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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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Saw this one at a show last month and thought of you, Joe. A $6 tube from Tampa Bay, Florida.
  
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oneatatime wrote on Aug 24th, 2017 at 8:22pm:
Saw this one at a show last month and thought of you, Joe. A $6 tube from Tampa Bay, Florida.


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Two pound chunk of jasper agate.  Took a shooting buddy out this morning where I look for rocks. Only a few miles from the house. I'd rather be shooting in a match but this will do for now.



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Reminds me of your rifle rest Joe. (LOL)
Great find and very interesting.
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I see a great Bolo Tie in that slab.


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A beautiful stone, Joe.
  
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Thanks.

We took my Jeep up to the spot.  While explaining to Bob what to look for, looked down and spotted this nice piece of petrified wood at my feet.  Thought it was brown agate till I got it home and took a close look. Might have to look again at some other similar pieces.  Loving Idaho I can tell you that!


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Frankly, Joe, I see a beautiful belt buckle centerpiece there!
  
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Idaho is the greatest for sure Joe.  With all the free material free for the picking, how about becoming the matches prizemaster?  Cheesy
  

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Rocks are free most everywhere, Bob. Idaho has some nice ones.  Like this sixty pound chunk of green jasper mixed with brown agate.  Now, a saw.


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That should be a beauty! We had lots of gold and silver too, Joe.  You could be standing on a gold mine and not even know it  Grin
  

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I could stand some gold.  Now what did I do with those Xray glasses?

About twenty five miles West of here there is a gold mine. They cut the mountain in half. 




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