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Dr. F.

climber
So Cal
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 25, 2011 - 12:31am PT
I was a mystic New Age spiritual hippy
and was totally into crystal power
but in the end, I didn't feel it enough to call it real

I know all about what you are talking about

I don't hold on to the myths about crystals as facts

So LEB, you are wrong once again
Delhi Dog

climber
Good Question...
Jan 25, 2011 - 12:34am PT
That ain't LEB...
Klimmer

Mountain climber
San Diego
Jan 25, 2011 - 01:28am PT
I can also ID almost any mineral

C'mon Dr.F,

There are over 4000+ minerals now known and more to follow, especially ET minerals from other planetary bodies different from Earth.

Some minerals are so hard to ID that the normal simple mineralogy tests won't do it. It takes optical mineralogy along with EMP analysis to do it. Some rocks are really hard to ID, it takes elemental whole rock oxides and trace element ICP-MS geochemistry analysis to do it.

I'm into elements, minerals, and rocks. In that order. I'm working on putting my own Periodic Table together ala Theo Gray, http://periodictable.com/. Awesome book by the way.

The minerals that interest me the most are those that demonstrate natural crystal form and are choice type specimens, and for a kicker are also fluorescent and/or phosphorescent. Brilliant color so bright and unreal that it can't be duplicated properly in film or CCD. They emit light rather than reflect light when excited by UV.

Then there are the ET native elements, minerals, and rocks via meteorites. Very, very cool, and out of this World. I also have a fragment of a Lunar meteorite, and also a fragment of a Mars meteorite, as well as Asteroid 4 Vesta.


The family and I will probably get out to Tucson this year. Great show.

Calcite, Mexico




Halite, Salton Sea, (this collecting site is now exhausted)



Geronimo Mine, AZ



Classic Fluorescent minerals from Franklin, NJ









Campo del Cielo meteorite, Argentina









Sikhote-Alin Meteorite, Russia







Jesus in a meteorite beats everything, even toast!

















(Dr. F, you have a very fine collection. Good job. Nice :-))
Salamanizer

Trad climber
The land of Fruits & Nuts!
Jan 25, 2011 - 02:17am PT
I'm not seeing Jesus there???

I'm liking everyone's collections. I have a collection of my own. Basically stuff I've found that is unique, but I have no idea what minerals they are.

Speaking of Geodes up thread. Anyone ever climb through the giant geodes on Temple Crag if you vear just off route of Dark Star? 15ft diameter geodes with 6 to 8in crystals all throughout. Very cool!
Jan

Mountain climber
Okinawa, Japan
Jan 25, 2011 - 03:09am PT
Nice photos everyone. Dr. F or his wife have a really good eye for displaying their specimens. My father was a geologist so I grew up with rocks and mineral specimens all over the house and have a few here of my own. And of course I disagree with Dr. F about what else they can be used for.
Klimmer

Mountain climber
San Diego
Jan 25, 2011 - 03:14am PT
Yes, not everyone sees Jesus in my meteorite. But many do, including me. :-)


Anyone ever climb through the giant geodes on Temple Crag if you vear just off route of Dark Star? 15ft diameter geodes with 6 to 8in crystals all throughout. Very cool!



Is that like the all famous "Gold Room" in a mine of Bodie? The legends abound, but was it real? Did it really exist? Wouldn't there be images of it?




The largest Gold Crystalline Nugget from the Mother Lode of California . . .





http://www.ironstonevineyards.com/index.cfm?method=pages.showPage&pageid=eb225bb7-c901-5124-349a-bbf48cd11ef3


The focal point of Ironstone's Heritage Museum is the largest Crystalline Gold Leaf specimen in the world. Weighing forty-four pounds, this specimen of gold was discovered in 1992 by the Sonora Mining Company, on Christmas Day, just fifteen miles from its current home at Ironstone. Crystalline Gold is one of the most rare and precious natural gold formations consisting of gold that has been deposited in layers between quartz, clay, maraposite, decomposed shale and pyrite.

The “Gold Pocket”, as it has come to be known, is 98 percent pure, making it a specimen of exceedingly high quality and value. Sixty-three pounds before preparation, it spent almost a year in an acid bath washing away most of the surrounding matrix to ultimately reveal the forty-four pound specimen that is on display at the winery.
GDavis

Social climber
SOL CAL
Jan 25, 2011 - 03:27am PT
Accountants naturally love to get f*#ked by Horses
Spider Savage

Mountain climber
SoCal
Jan 25, 2011 - 10:05am PT
Common stones are my delight.

I collect stones by location rather than quality: Great Pyramid, The Wailing Wall of Jerusalem, The Colosseum of Rome, various summits.

Some of the washes off the I15/I70 are really amazing places to see wonderful common stones.

When on park land it's best to catch and release.
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
Who'll stop the reign?
Jan 25, 2011 - 10:20am PT

Jesus in a meteorite beats everything, even toast!


Milktoast says you haven't beat ME yet.


Hey Homer
You're no Jesus
Yeah, you're no f*#king Elvis
Don't turn off the TV yet baby
Homer's got to step down, step down

DMT
Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Jan 25, 2011 - 10:25am PT
Got any fossils? Especially Trilobites?
and yes, petrified wood does count, Photos?
Wolframite?
Dr. F.

climber
So Cal
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 25, 2011 - 11:05am PT
I had to limit my collections
so do not collect fossils, or meteorites
yet I a lot of both

as far as fossils go
I love Pet wood, and collect all kinds of it, and go to special areas in search of it
I have a special love for opalized Shells, and wood
I will post photos later, gotta go to work

Wolframite?
yes
Dr. F.

climber
So Cal
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 25, 2011 - 11:09am PT
Klimmer
4000+ minerals Yes
Maybe I can ID them from my many years in College Mineralogy classes
Does that sound OK for You, or do you think I am lying
okie

Trad climber
San Leandro, Ca
Jan 25, 2011 - 11:30am PT
The official "state rock" of California is serpentine (not the magnificient granite). At least that's what a fancy sign at an East Bay Regional Park informed me. I don't get it. Is there more of that stuff? Or has our government been hijacked by the serpentine special interest lobby?
survival

Big Wall climber
A Token of My Extreme
Jan 25, 2011 - 11:37am PT
Cool stuff Doc F !

Too funny that LEB invaded your thread, and she's got a bigger crystal than you do! Not only that but she's got a soul attachment to it.

Dude, how can you top that?
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
Who'll stop the reign?
Jan 25, 2011 - 11:38am PT
Granite is common place. Serpentine is not. Both speak of the forces that formed California. Very hard to find this stuff other than on the margins of the west coast, though it does occur in Maryland and some other locations.

Some idiot of a state legislator, Gloria Romero, was trying to have it removed as state rock and may have succeeded - the annoying this is this was done to help a class action lawsuit team underscore the so-called high risk of asbestos fibers that are common in serpentine rocks. The idea is to be able to say to the jury that California FINALLY recognized the danger and removed the rock from the list, a day late and billions of dollars short.

http://articles.sfgate.com/2010-07-16/news/21985506_1_asbestos-disease-awareness-organization-linda-reinstein-mesothelioma

DMT
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
Who'll stop the reign?
Jan 25, 2011 - 12:04pm PT
I bet he was!

I know they were trying to make another run at this but since it is merely a cynical effort by a team of class action lawyers to bolster their case through a bought and paid for state legislator, I think it failed. There is hope for sanity yet?

Some opponents have accused trial lawyers of pushing Romero's plan so they can pursue a whole new type of lawsuit by plaintiffs alleging their health was damaged when they were exposed to naturally occurring asbestos in serpentine found on property throughout the Sierra Nevada foothills and 42 of California's 58 counties.

according to the official state site

http://www.library.ca.gov/history/symbols.html#Heading15

California has a greater number of minerals and a wider variety of rock types than does any other state. Serpentine, a shiny, green and blue rock found throughout California, was named the official State Rock in 1965. It contains the state's principal deposits of chromite, magnesite, and cinnabar. California was the first state to designate a State Rock.

California still has its serpentinite. Though Arnie probably furloughed the web master so this could be old news.

But passing a law that would aid lawyers in their efforts to SUE THE STATE for billions, is pretty f*#king stupid.

DMT
Klimmer

Mountain climber
San Diego
Jan 25, 2011 - 01:46pm PT
Klimmer
4000+ minerals Yes
Maybe I can ID them from my many years in College Mineralogy classes
Does that sound OK for You, or do you think I am lying



Dr. F,

I'm not bagging on you. I believe you.

Just a little humility is all I ask. How many new minerals do we add each year? Then there are ET minerals that are very rare and throw the full-time mineralogists and professionals even for a loop. Hence, the use of optical mineralogy techniques and Electron Microprobe analysis (EMPA).

What happens when you come upon a new mineral that hasn't ever been IDed before? You ID it and name it of course. That must be the dream of each mineralogist no doubt.
Klimmer

Mountain climber
San Diego
Jan 25, 2011 - 02:58pm PT
Ok, here are a few questions:

1) Name the CA State Official Mineral

2) Name the CA State Official Rock (already mentioned)

3) Name the CA State Official Gemstone

4) Name the CA State Official Fossil



5) Bonus question: What local in CA has the greatest number of found minerals? Hint: Even the "StoneMasters" might get this . . .
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
Who'll stop the reign?
Jan 25, 2011 - 03:02pm PT
1) Name the CA State Official Mineral

2) Name the CA State Official Rock (already mentioned)

3) Name the CA State Official Gemstone

4) Name the CA State Official Fossil



5) Bonus question: What local in CA has the greatest number of found minerals? Hint: Even the "StoneMasters" might get this . . .

1. gold
2. already mentioned
3. benetoite - discussed recently re New Idria and San Benito mtn.
4. Saber toothed tiger

5. Hmmmmm, Riverside? (seems like I should know this one)

DMT
Klimmer

Mountain climber
San Diego
Jan 25, 2011 - 03:52pm PT
Ok, yes, easy I know.


Riverside, is correct. However, what is the site local?
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