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The proposed plan may be read at the following web site:

But, to save you time, the following is the important part from the proposal
bout rockhounding:

Rockhound State Park was originally established as a destination for
ock collectors. At the time, in 1966, rock collecting was a popular
astime. Visitors were encouraged to visit the Park in order to collect
ocks, and were allowed to take home up to 15 pounds of rocks.

Today the Division promotes a respect for the natural environment
hrough interpretive and educational programs. Not only does rock
ollecting in a public park contradict the principle of natural resource

There is only one state park in the United States that permits rock
ollecting: Crater of Diamonds State Park in Arkansas, which has a
8-acre plowed field set aside for collecting. Nearly all municipal,
tate, and national parks prohibit the removal of natural artifacts from
parks. The practice of rock collecting at the Park would need to comply
with NMSA 1978, Section 16-2-32:

“A person who commits any of the following acts is guilty of a petty
isdemeanor and shall be sentenced in accordance with the provisions of
ection 31-19-1 NMSA 1978:

A. cut, break, injure, destroy, take or remove a tree, shrub, timber,
lant or natural object in any state park and recreation area, except in
areas designated by the secretary and permitted by regulations adopted
y the secretary, such regulations shall only permit the removal of a
ree, shrub, timber, plant or natural object for scientific study or for
non-commercial use by an individual as a souvenir, the quantity of
aterial authorized for removal from any area shall be strictly
egulated by park personnel in order to minimize resource damage.”

If the Division were to continue to allow the public to collect rocks at
the Park, the EMNRD Cabinet Secretary would designate a specific area
nd adopt rules pertaining to the collecting of rocks on Park property
such as the amount and location).

The once popular hobby of rock collecting has declined significantly
ince the 1960s. There are local businesses that cater to rock
ollectors and can guide or direct them to similar opportunities outside
of the Park. Safety is also a concern with the public collecting rocks
n the Park, as there are steep and unstable slopes that are becoming
ore hazardous as the collecting alters the stability of the hillside.
here is also a concern that some visitors may go beyond the Park
oundaries in their quest for rocks.

Park staff has already begun the transition away from rock collecting
nd will need to educate the public about the need to respect the
atural resources. One crucial step is to modify all Park information
signage, brochures, website), so that this activity is no longer
ncouraged. All materials need to state that it is a prohibited
ctivity. The namesake theme can continue through educational programs
nd interpretive information about the rocks that occur in the Park and
he geology of the region.
Revise written materials by removing all mention of rock collecting
nd add a reference to the state statute which prohibits rock collecting
on Park property.

Written and oral comments on the plan will be accepted. Comment letters
an be dropped off at the park; mailed to P.O. Box 1147, Santa Fe, NM
7505; e-mailed to nmparks@state.nm.us or faxed to (505) 476-3361.

PLEASE, everyone reading this message, email, snail mail or fax a
ritten comment in opposition to the proposed plan to discontinue
ockhounding in Rockhound State Park. You have until April 18, 2011 to
ake comment, so please get on it today. Let's show the NMSPD personnel
that rockhounding has not declined since the 1960s and the park should
emain true to its namesake. Also, all you club members out there,
lease let everyone in your club know about this by mass email so we can
get all rockhounds throughout this country engaged in the battle to
ave yet another of our fleeting freedoms. This may be in far away New
exico now, but in your backyard tomorrow.

Nov. 11th, 2010 @ 04:46 am Zzyzx Gallery Presents, Gemstone Carvings!
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Zzyzx Gallery, Gemstone Carvings November 11th, 2010 - January 3rd, 2011
Jun. 29th, 2010 @ 03:39 am Serpentine Attack CA BB624 based on FEAR not REAL SCIENCE
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California State Bill 624 based on FEAR not REAL SCIENCE

California State Bill 624 based on FEAR not REAL SCIENCE
May. 5th, 2010 @ 02:51 pm little owl pendant
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Seems like i always come here in need of some help XD

i think it could be a sort of jasper o.oCollapse )
Jul. 27th, 2009 @ 12:42 am New Mineral illustrations
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1930's Villain
Smoky Quartz, Brandy Naugle 2009

Schorl in Quartz, Brandy Naugle 2009

other paintings can be found on my website
May. 27th, 2009 @ 10:43 am Fossil from Egypt - what is it?
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I was on vacation in Sharm-El-Sheikh, Egypt. Some of the hotel outside walls are made of the coral stone, which have lots of impregnations, little shells mostly.

Stone itself. Sized aprrox. 50x30cm (20"x12")

Accidentally I found one inclusion which catched my eye. Have a look at it.

Closeup on the fossil

Now can someone tell me what it is and is it worth for paleontology?

[ Link to the gallery with full-size pictures ]


x-posted to geology, rockhounds, fossil_hunters
Mar. 24th, 2009 @ 05:34 pm Fossil Fish from Nebraska
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Fish fossils from the Late Pennsylvanian and Early Permian of Southeastern Nebraska


Most of the vertebrate remains that have been found in the late Pennsylvanian and early Permian strata of southeastern Nebraska are elasmobranchs, a group of fishes that includes sharks, rays, chimaeroids, sawfish, and guitar fish. These fishes have wholly cartilaginous skeletons. Their placoid scales and teeth are similar to the teeth of higher vertebrates, having a layer of enamel covering a layer of dentine that encloses a pulp cavity. The most primitive elasmobrahchs have seven gill slits and more advanced forms have five. Elasmobranchs of the late Paleozoic seas filled several ecological niches and include forms that were carnivores with flesh cutting teeth, carnivores with teeth modified to crush shells, and teeth that may have functioned as filters to extract plankton including algae and small animals from the sea water. One form of tooth found in the Kiewitz Shale may have functioned much like the “beak” on the modern parrot fish that feeds on corals.

The late Pennsylvanian and early Permian rocks of southeastern Nebraska and the adjoining areas have produced some outstanding examples of fish fossils from black, offshore shale horizons that represent the deepest water during marine transgressions that have periodically covered the North American Midcontinent. These sedimentary deposits are called cyclothems and they include both continental and marine sequences.

Mar. 21st, 2009 @ 09:53 pm Advice for a Neonate?
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I hear: Cake - Long Line Of Cars
Hello, folks. I've come seeking some knowledge from those more experienced than I.

My dream is to become a fossil and gem dealer, ideally doing shows and maybe opening a shop in town. The economy being what it is, I'm not concerned so much with making a fortune; I just know what I want to do what for the rest of my life (work with rocks, get covered in dirt and mosquito bites, and do an insane amount of driving) and I'm willing to do whatever I need to do to make it happen. My problem is that I've got no idea how a layman breaks into the trade. My sketchy plans include enrolling in business classes and a formal study of geology, but if there's something I'm missing or a more hands-on approach such as internship that I can look into, I would love to hear your advice. Also any personal stories about being involved with rocks, if you'd be willing to share them.

Thanks for reading!
Mar. 18th, 2009 @ 01:14 pm Buyer Beware
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I wish we didn't have to think of such things, but something that happened at work the other day highlighted the need for people who buy stones, especially expensive one, to take care.

I work in a metaphysical store that sells books, gifts, jewelry, and many lovely stones, which is both great and terrible for my mild stone addiction.

The other day we had a couple in the store near closing time. They were nice, and while the wife was paying, I was chatting with the husband. He excitedly told me that he had something unusual with him, and took out a small heart, about an inch from tip to bumps. It was made of opalite, a pretty kind of fused glass that has a vaguely opalish glow inside. He was telling me about how he got it in Holbrook (sp?), Arizona and had tried to make it into a necklace and blah blah blah. I showed him the opalite hearts we sell (we sell very few manmade stones, only opalite and goldstone, though some of our natural stones have been treated to bring out their color, like many specimens you'll find), larger than his, and as he picked one up I saw his eyes widen.

"Honey!" he said, taking it to his wife, "Look what they have here. And so cheap! 8 dollars! I paid 85 for mine but, well, mine's an opal." At that point I realized: he thought the little glass heart he bought in Arizona was an opal, and had paid 85 bucks for the pleasure of that lie. Oh, crap.

His wife told him that his little heart had more of a fire inside, and therefore couldn't be the same material, and I didn't dare correct them because I felt bad enough about accidentally causing him to second guess himself. If I'd known he thought it was real, I wouldn't have said anything because what could be gained by that?

Now, 85 for an opal of that size WOULD be a good deal, but man, someone lied to that poor guy big time and sold him glass as an opal. On the other hand, I feel like opals are pretty distinctive, and one should be able to tell them apart.

To review: this is opalite.

This is opal. Pretty different, eh?

So, buyer beware of jerks who try to sell you glass and say it's an opal.

X-posted to crystalhealing.
Jan. 28th, 2009 @ 05:10 am 2009 Tucson Gem & Mineral Event open this weekend!
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See the new issue set to be distributed all over the 2009 Tucson Gem and Mineral Show this year! Preview, the "Mineral Oddities" issue in .pdf format before it is even printed!