Category Archives: Rocks

Call of Darkness

My feet were dangling through a two foot square opening in the wooden floor. A hundred feet below me Bill shouts up that it looks interesting and that we should join him. I double check the rope to make sure I threaded it properly though my rappelling rack, doing it wrong can have fatal consequences. […]

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Micro-crystalline Azurite layered over Malachite

                      Old classic specimen of micro-crystalline Azurite layered over Malachite! Circa late 1880-1890s. From the Lavender Pit, Copper Queen Mine, Bisbee, Cochise County, Arizona. Measures 6.5 cm by 10.2 cm by 6.7 cm in total size. Ex. Robert Whitmore Collection¬† Read more at

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Cross Hill and the Mystery Cat

So I headed out today to try and find the abandoned quarry at Cross Hill, in the Nuevo ( pronounced NEW-WAY-VOO ) area of Southern California. According to what I have read, the quarry should have feldspar, quartz, schorl tourmaline, aquamarine, monazite, thorianite and possibly garnet. So to a new emerging rockhound, this was exciting!! […]

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