Agate Hunting Made Easy: How to Really Find Lake Superior Agates

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You've admired agates for their color and beauty. Now learn how to find your own. Unlike other books, Agate Hunting Made Easy provides step-by-step instructions to help you turn those once-frustrating agate hunts into successful ones. Experienced collector, Jim Magnuson, shows you photographs of what rough agates really look like in the field. His tips will help you recognize agate imposters. He will teach you how to hunt in a variety of locations, from gravel pits to lakeshore. And Jim provides a rating scale to...
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Overview

You've admired agates for their color and beauty. Now learn how to find your own. Unlike other books, Agate Hunting Made Easy provides step-by-step instructions to help you turn those once-frustrating agate hunts into successful ones. Experienced collector, Jim Magnuson, shows you photographs of what rough agates really look like in the field. His tips will help you recognize agate imposters. He will teach you how to hunt in a variety of locations, from gravel pits to lakeshore. And Jim provides a rating scale to help you estimate the value of your finds.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781591933267
  • Publisher: Adventure Publications, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/28/2012
  • Pages: 120
  • Sales rank: 512,665
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

While never able to create her own art, Carol Wood has always had a passion for the creative. She found photography to be the perfect outlet. Originally from northern Illinois, she still resides in the same locale and photographs everything from babies to, well, agates. It is more than a hobby for Carol, who makes photography her living since her departure from a career in banking. Carol has attended photographic workshops and seminars across the United States. She strives for quality and originality - usually at the expense of her family's patience. Carol was introduced to the beauty of Lake Superior Agates many years ago, and she is an avid hunter when she has time to visit any location near the swath of the glacial till. Her love of the stones, along with her brother Jim's passion to share them, led to the idea for their books, THE STORIED AGATE and THE FAIRBURN AGATE.

As a young boy growing up in rural northern Illinois, Jim Magnuson spent much of his free time hunting for fossils that were abundant in the limestone quarries and in creek beds. He would often come home, pockets bulging with his latest finds. Jim still has the best fossils from his boyhood collection and occasionally brings them out for display. For many years after leaving home, Jim put his focus on developing his career as an Information Technology professional, first in Chicago, then Los Angeles, and eventually settling in central Minnesota. A trip to the shores of Lake Superior reignited an old flame. But because fossils are uncommon in northern and central Minnesota, Jim re-directed his focus to equally rare stones known as agates and set out to learn about and hunt for these beautiful gemstones. Now Jim spends much of his free time in gravel pits, farm fields, and other outdoor locales where there are accumulations of Lake Superior gravel. He loves to share his hobby with family and friends, and he enjoys his outings most with someone new to hunting Lakers that he can guide through the process of identifying agates in their true natural state. The earth is full of many treasures. Jim enjoys the peaceful hobby of hunting, polishing and organizing for presentation, and giving away agates to those who find them interesting and beautiful.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 6

The Real Deal: Identifying Lake Superior Agates 9

Lake Superior Agates in the Rough 9

Common Agate Features 13

Other Agate Characteristics 23

Agate Sizes 30

Lake Superior Agate Types 32

Fortification Agate 33

Tube Agate 33

Eye Agate 34

Moss Agate 34

Water-level Agate 35

Geode Agate 35

Paint Agate 35

Peeled Agate 36

Amethyst and Smoky Quartz Fill 36

Agate in Host Stone 36

Oxidized/Bleached 37

Quartz Ball 37

Floater Agate 37

Seam Agate 38

Agate Imposters 41

Lake Superior Gravel Identification 41

Imposters 42

Chalcedony 42

Jasper/Banded Jasper/Jaspelite 43

Chert 44

Banded Flint 45

Vesicular Basalt and Amygdaloidal Basalt 46

Granite and Gabbro 47

Amygdaloidal Rhyolite and Flow Banded Rhyolite 48

Porphyry 49

Sandstone 50

Conglomerate 51

Where to Find Agates 53

Location, Location, Location 53

Gravel Pits 56

Sand Wall Formations 64

Farm Field Picking 68

Rivers, Streams, and Lakes (Wading) 70

Lakeshore 72

Gravel Roads and New Road "Cuts" 76

Landscaping Companies 78

Landscaping and Roofing Gravel 80

Seasonal and Weather Conditions for Hunting 82

Clothing 84

Equipment and Supplies 86

Taking Care of Your Agates 89

Cleaning and Sorting 90

Rating Your Finds 91

Treating and Performing Lapidary Work on Agates 93

Displaying Your Treasures 100

Buying and Selling Agates Online 103

Some Real-World Examples 107

Glossary 112

References and Resources 116

About the Author and Photographer 118-119

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