Rockhounding California, 2nd: A Guide to the State's Best Rockhounding Sites

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Although known for its gold production, California is a virtual haven for rock and gem collectors. With this informative guide, you can explore the mineral-rich desert regions, comb tide-washed beaches for jade, agate, abalone, fossilized whale bone, and prospect in the mountains and hills for gold, copper, and other minerals and gems. It describes 74 of 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 ...

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Overview

Although known for its gold production, California is a virtual haven for rock and gem collectors. With this informative guide, you can explore the mineral-rich desert regions, comb tide-washed beaches for jade, agate, abalone, fossilized whale bone, and prospect in the mountains and hills for gold, copper, and other minerals and gems. It describes 74 of 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, includes maps and directions to each site, and lists rockhound clubs around the state. Rockhounding California offers a complete introduction to this many-faceted hobby and is an outstanding guide and sourcebook.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780762771417
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/19/2012
  • Series: Rockhounding Series
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 200
  • Sales rank: 279,657
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Gail Butler was a contributing editor to Rock and Gem magazine for more than 20 years and has written many articles on rockhounding, gold prospecting, lapidary, and other subjects for various publications. Now retired, she resides in Elsinore, Utah. The California Federation of Mineralogical Societies (CFMS) was organized in 1936 to bring about a closer association of Clubs and Societies devoted to the study of Earth Sciences and the practice of Lapidary Arts and Crafts in the Western part of the United States.The CFMS includes approximately 137 clubs and societies mostly in California. There are a few clubs outside this area in Arizona and Nevada due to historical affiliation. The CFMS is a member of the American Federation of Mineralogical Societies (AFMS). learn more at www.cfmsinc.org

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Preface xi

Introduction 1

The Landscape 1

Earthquake Country 5

Sites to See 6

California Wildlife 10

Desert Travel 10

California's Mineral Highlights 11

Legends and Lore of Gems and Minerals 14

Rockhound's Vocabulary 15

Rockhound Rules 18

Rockhound Access to Commercial Mines 21

How to UseThis Guide 22

Map Legend 24

Rockhounding Sites in Southern California

1 Fire Agate at Opal Hill Mine 25

2 Pebble Terrace 28

3 Black and Paisley Agate 30

4 Crystal-Filled Amygdules 33

5 Hauser Geode Beds 36

6 Psilomelane Near Wileys Well 39

7 Chalcedony Rose Garden and Grossular Crystals at Augustine Pass 42

8 Chuckwalla Well Agate and Jasper 44

9 Psilomelane at Arlington Mine 46

10 Orocopia Bloodstone 49

11 Orocopia Fluorspar 51

12 Big River Botxyoidal Chalcedony with Drusy Quartz, Jasper, and Agate 53

13 Turde Mountains Snowy Chalcedony Roses 56

14 Lake Havasu Agate 59

15 Dendritic White Opalite at Gofis 61

16 Danby Opalite and Agate 64

17 Fossil Trilobites and Marble at Cadiz 66

18 Marble Mountains Garnet and Hematite 68

19 Kelbaker Road Nodules and Chalcedony 70

20 Providence Mountains Iron Minerals 72

21 Old Camp Carnelian and Chalcedony Roses 74

22 Ludlow Gems 76

23 West of Ludlow Chalcedony, Calcite, and More 79

24 Hector Agates and Jasper 81

25 Pisgah Crater Volcanic Adventure 84

26 Lavic Siding Jasper and Agate 87

27 West of Hector Blue Chalcedony, Jasper, and Agate 89

28 Newberry Nodules 91

29 Orbicular Rhyolite at Grandview Mine 93

30 Marble Quarry off Stoddard Wells Road 95

31 Opal Mountain Opal and Agate 98

32 Onyx and Borate Minerals in Mule Canyon 101

33 Hilltop Agate and Jasper at Mineola Road 104

34 Alvord Mine Copper Minerals and Calcite 106

35 Field Road Agates 108

36 Afton Canyon Collectibles 111

37 Turquoise at OldToltec Mine 114

38 Clark Mountain Copper and Lead Minerals 116

39 Old Zabriskie Station Precious Opal 118

40 SperryWash Fossils, Petrified Wood, and Agate 121

41 Gem Hill Agate, Rhyolite, and Common Opal 123

42 San Gabriel River Gold 126

43 Wrightwood Actinolite 129

44 In-Ko-Pah Asterated Quartz and Moonstone Feldspar 131

45 Coyote Mountains Fossils and More 133

Rockhounding Sites in Coastal California

46 Patrick's Point Beach Agates 135

47 Agate Beach Jasper, Agate, and Petrified Wood 137

48 Beach-Washed Jade and Actinolite at Jade Cove 140

49 Moonstone Beach 143

50 Jalama Beach Agate and Marcasite 146

51 Gaviota Beach Minerals 149

52 Southern Coast Beachcombing 151

53 PalosVerdes Beach Barite Crystals 153

Rockhounding Sites in Northern California

54 Anderson Lake Agate and Jasper 156

55 Mother Lode Mariposite 158

56 Eureka Valley Smoky Quartz Crystals 160

57 Peterson Mountain Quartz Crystals 163

58 Antelope Lake Rose Quartz 166

59 Taylorville Fossils 169

60 Buck's Lake Serpentine 171

61 Pulga Californite in Serpentine 173

62 Feather River Gold 175

63 Feather River Serpentine 177

64 Willard Creek Agate and Jasper 179

65 Susanville Agates and Petrified Wood 181

66 Cedarville Petrified Wood 184

67 Davis Creek Obsidian Varieties 187

68 Lassen Creek Rainbow and Green-Sheen Obsidian 192

69 Shasta Area Copper Minerals 194

70 Eel River Jade and Crocidolite 196

71 Colorful Jasper and Jade Near Covelo 198

72 Hearst Collectibles 200

73 Black Butte Reservoir Showy Jasper 202

74 Goat Mountain Moss Agate 205

Appendix A Sources Used for This Guide 208

Appendix B Further Reading and Information 209

Appendix C Rockhound Clubs and Organizations 210

Index 219

About the Author 227

About the California Federation of Mineralogical Societies 228

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