Agate Hunting Made Easy

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. You’ll have an experienced collector, Jim Magnuson, as your guide: He will show you photographs by Carol Wood of what rough agates really look like in the field. His tips will help you recognize agate imposters that often fool inexperienced collectors. He will teach you how to hunt in a variety of locations, from gravel pits to lakeshore. Plus, Jim also provides a rating scale to help you estimate the value of your finds. This book is just what you need to help make agate hunting easy.

Biography
Jim Magnuson and his sister Carol Wood have been collaborating on creation of books related to gemstone hunting and finishing since 2010. They have a shared interest in the beauty of natural gemstones such as Lake Superior Agates.

Rock hounding is more than a hobby for author Jim Magnuson, it is a serious and rewarding avocation that helps him connect with nature. He has been an avid hunter and student of various gems, minerals and fossils since his childhood, when he first began to hunt for stones in his native state of Illinois. In addition to hunting rocks & minerals, Jim has developed a strong interest in the lapidary arts for creating jewelry pieces from the semi-precious gemstones that he hunts for and collects.

Jim also enjoys sharing his knowledge and interests through writing, another lifelong interest. Through his writing he hopes to inspire and enable others to be successful in finding quality gemstones and creating beautiful jewelry pieces. Jim continues to learn and adapt his rock hunting and lapidary methods and publications; to this end he greatly appreciates all feedback from readers.

Carol Wood took up professional photography as a means of satisfying a lifelong passion for creating and sharing things of beauty. She has a keen eye for seeing perspectives in things that on the surface appear to be mundane or quite simple. Given her training and natural instincts for perspective and complementary lighting that enhances visual clarity, Carol is able to produce high-definition photographic images that enhance but don’t distract from the given subjects. These skills are essential in creating both guidebooks and photographic essays.

Carol has also developed a personal interest in making jewelry pieces using gemstones she has found. She has become familiar with many of the lapidary tools and processes in the Gemstone – Lapidary publication and authored some of the book’s content.

Gemstone Tumbling, Cutting, Drilling & Cabochon Making: A Simple Guide to Finishing Rough Stones Paperback

Gemstone Tumbling, Cutting, Drilling & Cabochon Making: A Simple Guide to Finishing Rough Stones Paperback

 

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Gemstones are naturally beautiful, but you can make them glisten and shine. This beginner’s guide covers all the techniques you need to know: tumbling, cutting, face polishing and more. It pertains to a wide range of popular gemstones, from agates to turquoise, and it provides information about recommended equipment and supplies. Plus, it introduces jewelry making with seven projects. By following the authors’ simple approach, you’ll create finished stones worthy of displaying, selling or making into jewelry.

Biography
Jim Magnuson and his sister Carol Wood have been collaborating on creation of books related to gemstone hunting and finishing since 2010. They have a shared interest in the beauty of natural gemstones such as Lake Superior Agates.

Rock hounding is more than a hobby for author Jim Magnuson, it is a serious and rewarding avocation that helps him connect with nature. He has been an avid hunter and student of various gems, minerals and fossils since his childhood, when he first began to hunt for stones in his native state of Illinois. In addition to hunting rocks & minerals, Jim has developed a strong interest in the lapidary arts for creating jewelry pieces from the semi-precious gemstones that he hunts for and collects.

Jim also enjoys sharing his knowledge and interests through writing, another lifelong interest. Through his writing he hopes to inspire and enable others to be successful in finding quality gemstones and creating beautiful jewelry pieces. Jim continues to learn and adapt his rock hunting and lapidary methods and publications; to this end he greatly appreciates all feedback from readers.

Carol Wood took up professional photography as a means of satisfying a lifelong passion for creating and sharing things of beauty. She has a keen eye for seeing perspectives in things that on the surface appear to be mundane or quite simple. Given her training and natural instincts for perspective and complementary lighting that enhances visual clarity, Carol is able to produce high-definition photographic images that enhance but don’t distract from the given subjects. These skills are essential in creating both guidebooks and photographic essays.

Carol has also developed a personal interest in making jewelry pieces using gemstones she has found. She has become familiar with many of the lapidary tools and processes in the Gemstone – Lapidary publication and authored some of the book’s content.

Modern Rockhounding and Prospecting Handbook (Falcon Guides)

Modern Rockhounding and Prospecting Handbook (Falcon Guides)

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This volume gives you the basic tools to transition from “pebble pup” to expert rockhound and explains everything from geology basics, identification tips, tools of the trade, how to record your findings, and how to set up a lab or gem shop. Before you know it, you’ll be driving the open roads and traveling home with dusty pockets full of rocks, gems, minerals, fossils—and maybe even gold.

Features:
* geology basics
* popular collectibles, including rocks, gems, fossils, meteorites, and gold
* tools of the trade for every level of collector
* rules and regulations
* polishing, preserving, crafting, and displaying your treasures

 

About the Author
Garret Romaine has been an avid rockhound, fossil hunter, and gold prospector for 35 years. He is a long-time journalist, columnist, and technical writer, and teaches technical writing at Portland State University. He is a Fellow in the Society for Technical Communication. He holds a degree in geology from the University of Oregon and a degree in geography from the University of Washington. Since 1997 he has written a regular magazine column for the Gold Prospectors Association of America entitled “Mining the Internet.” He is the author of Rockhounding Idaho and Rocks, Gems, and Minerals (both FalconGuides) as well as Gem Trails of Oregon and Gem Trails of Washington. He is also a columnist for Gold Prospectors magazine. He lives in Portland, Oregon.

ROCK ON! Geology Game with Rock & Mineral Collection – Connect with Our Magnificent Earth via an Educational Game & Science Kit

ROCK ON! Geology Game with Rock & Mineral Collection – Connect with Our Magnificent Earth via an Educational Game & Science Kit

 

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LEARN: teacher-recommended, educational, science game kit offers STEM-based, hands-on learning while exploring Earth’s geological treasures
COLLECT: rock and mineral collection includes 15 specimens and 60+ polished, rock & mineral pieces – starter kit or add to existing collection with various minerals and all 3 rock classes
PLAY: 5 levels of play for up to 6 players in an educational, Geology science game offer fun, challenge and knowledge for pre-readers, through elementary school-age & beyond – game includes Master Rock Guide, 6 Player Cards, 18 Rock & Mineral Cards chocked full of STEM-based educational and fun facts
SMILE: connect to our magnificent Earth and foster a lifetime of interest and love of nature – playtime activity, family-night, birthday parties, school or camp activity
QUALITY: nice rock collection and durable print pieces that are made to last. All Packaged in a Grab & Go, easy-grip handle, carrying case and MADE IN USA. This is a quality product with our full, money back guarantee.

Product Description
Spark kids interest in Rocks, Minerals, Geology and our magnificent Earth via this fun, learning Game with Rock and Mineral Collection. This American-Made product includes a collection of 15 Rock and Mineral specimens any kid would be proud to own. Plus over 60 polished rock and mineral pieces. Also includes Player Cards for up to 6 players, a Master Rock Guide and 18 Rock and Mineral Cards chocked full of educational and fun facts. All enclosed in a kids Carrying Case with an easy-grip-handle. Grab it and go on play dates, in the car, to school, or Grandma and Grandpa’s house. A unique treasure for any boy or girl. Play, Collect, Learn, Smile and… ROCK ON! Suitable for ages 5+. WARNING! Choking Hazard – Small Parts. Not for children under 3 years. ©2011 iLaughnLearn All rights reserved.

National Geographic Kids Everything Rocks and Minerals

National Geographic Kids Everything Rocks and Minerals: Dazzling gems of photos and info that will rock your world

 

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Targeted to rock-crazy kids, this bold book is more energetic, more visually exciting, and more fun than anything else on the market—and with more information, too! Youngsters become geology experts as they browse eye-popping photos and absorb layers of information made extra fun through a humor-infused presentation.

National Geographic supports K-12 educators with ELA Common Core Resources.
Visit www.natgeoed.org/commoncore for more information.

Smithsonian Handbooks: Gemstones Paperback

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Designed for beginners and experienced collectors alike, these field guides make identification of individual specimens sure, simple and straightforward. Each entry has a full color illustration as well as color-coded bands that provide at-a-glance facts for quick reference. Easy to use and beautiful to look at, this series is an invaluable resource for every collector.

 

This is the best basic book I’ve ever observed about the subject. It’s brimming with remarkable pictures that show pretty much everything most collector’s might need to know. It begins with an amazing and succinct segment on general jewel legend, diamond properties, and pearl taking care of.
At that point it has the best shading key to diamonds that I’ve seen. This key makes it simple to discover the data about a given gemstone without utilizing the list.

On the off chance that one prefers, there is a decent index as well. After the Color Key, there are pages about particular stones with a depiction, where they are found and comments.

All standard gem properties are shown, with brilliant pictures to show the shading, shape, cleavage, utilizes, and so on. With everything taken into account, this is the prologue to gemstones to judge others by. It’s likewise very helpful for more progressed “rockhounds” as a kind of perspective and field direct. The coupling is entirely tough and ought to allow a great deal of travel. I wish this book had been accessible many years ago. It would have been appreciated even then.

Smithsonian Handbooks: Rocks & Minerals

Smithsonian Handbooks: Rocks & Minerals

 

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Smithsonian Handbooks: Rocks and Minerals is a visual recognition guide to more than 500 rocks and minerals, designed to make identification as simple and accurate as possible, with annotated photographs to pick out key distinguishing features.

This book is one of a series covering plants, animals, and other natural phenomena from around the world and is published in association with the Smithsonian Institution.

About the Author
Chris and Helen Pellant are based in North Yorkshire and they began writing books together in the 1980s. They have written a number of earth science books, and also run their own photographic library (www.picsandwords.com). They are keen conservationists, studying and recording everything from plants and lepidoptera to marine life.

Chris and Helen Pellant are based in North Yorkshire and they began writing books together in the 1980s. They have written a number of earth science books, and also run their own photographic library (www.picsandwords.com). They are keen conservationists, studying and recording everything from plants and lepidoptera to marine life.

Smithsonian Handbooks: Fossils

Smithsonian Handbooks: Fossils

Flexibound – May 15, 2002

 

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Designed for beginners and experienced collectors alike, these field guides make identification of individual specimens sure, simple and straightforward. Each entry has a full color illustration as well as color-coded bands that provide at-a-glance facts for quick reference. Easy to use and beautiful to look at, this series is an invaluable resource for every collector.

About the Author
Walker is an eminent paleontologist.

Ward worked as a veterinary surgeon for 14 years while pursuing an interest in fossils and participating in several research expeditions in Africa.

Veteran journalists and authors Paulette H. Walter and Alan C. Paulson have published their work in dozens of books, newspapers, and magazines. They have combined their vast experience with the Arkansas History Commission and two university archives, as well as their personal collection, to create this wonderful tour of Faulkner County through the years. This collection, a valuable edition to the bookshelves of Faulkner County residents and visitors, is sure to educate and entertain readers of all ages.

Dayton Ward served for eleven years in the U.S. Marine Corps before discovering the private sector and the piles of cash to be made there as a software engineer. He got his start in professional writing by placing stories in each of Pocket Books? first three”Star Trek: Strange New Worlds” anthologies. He is the author of dozens of “Star Trek” novels, many written in collaboration with coauthor Kevin Dilmore. He recently penned a tie-in to the cult classic television series “The 4400”, and is currently at work on a new “Star Trek “novel to be released in Fall 2010.

Though he currently lives in Kansas City with his wife, Michi, he is a Florida native and still maintains a torrid long-distance romance with his beloved Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Readers interested in contacting Dayton or learning more about his writing, or who simply need proof that their website is cooler and better looking, are encouraged to venture to his Internet cobweb collection at www.daytonward.com.

Rocks and Minerals Paperback

National Geographic Readers: Rocks and Minerals Paperback

 

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From dazzling gemstones to sparkling crystals to molten lava, this brilliantly illustrated book introduces children to the exciting world of rocks and minerals, including both the building blocks and the bling. This level two reader, written in easy-to-grasp text, will help cultivate the geologists of tomorrow!

This high-interest, educationally vetted series of beginning readers features the magnificent images of National Geographic, accompanied by texts written by experienced, skilled children’s book authors. The inside back cover of the paperback edition is an interactive feature based upon the book. Level 1 books reinforce the content of the book with a kinesthetic learning activity. In Level 2 books readers complete a Cloze letter, or fun fill-in, with vocabulary words.

 

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About the Author
KATHY WEIDNER ZOEHFELD is a graduate of Mount Holyoke College, in South Hadley, Massachusetts, and University of Michigan Ann Arbor where she decided to put her science degrees to use by writing nonfiction books for kids. Since then she has written over 60 natural science and history books for young readers, and been awarded honors by the NSTA/CBC, the NCSS/CBC, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Library Association, the IRA/CBC Children’s Choice. When she’s not reading, researching, writing, or editing, Kathy loves to spend her free time exploring, doing field work, and preparing fossils in the laboratory for her local natural history museums.

Chrysalis Tarot Book

Chrysalis Tarot Book

Chrysalis Tarot Book

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This illustrated companion book to Chrysalis Tarot explores the spiritual journey of self-discovery and transformation that leads to higher consciousness. Part I examines the science and magic of the Otherworld that guides you on this journey. Part II expands on the interpretations of the 78 cards. In addition to Toney’s insightful descriptions, Holly shares the inspirations for her Chrysalis artwork and presents her original black and white sketches for each card. Foreword by Tali Goodwin.
From the Author
Many tarotists read the cards as if they’re decoding a message. Accordingly, they depend a great deal upon precise, univalent meanings that they can memorize. That’s fine, but the understanding of how tarot works is evolving. Chrysalis should never be read simply by rote. It’s multivalent, dynamic, and should be read through the perceptive lens of one’s Third Eye using the innate faculties of intuition, instinct and active imagination.

This companion book will teach you how to sharpen these faculties and introduce you to the exciting new worldview of a living, connected universe. We regard tarot spreads as jumping off points for meaningful, dynamic dialogue with divine realms, the definition of divination. Readers who depend upon precise card interpretations and rigid consistency will likely be dissatisfied with this book and should save their money. Chrysalis Tarot is the telephone, not the conversation.