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LEB

climber
PA
Jan 24, 2011 - 09:22pm PT
I will, Sweetie Pie, but I won't be back home until May. I will photograph it just for you. It is a beauty, I can assure you. Sometimes, as you well know, it is not just size. It is size and clarity and perfection of form. I has fire (rainbows) within it as well. I love it DF. I am very "bonded" to it. I wonder if you understand about crystals in that way. Do you?
Anastasia

climber
hanging from a crimp and crying for my mama.
Jan 24, 2011 - 09:23pm PT
Dr. F, Those are beautiful! Thanks for sharing... Makes me wonder how many beautiful things I've been passing without noticing.
LEB

climber
PA
Jan 24, 2011 - 09:24pm PT
You got some beauties there, for sure. Can't tell size without perspective. I am thinking it might be the size of the smokie but I can't tell for sure. It is crystal clear with rainbows and fire and perfectly formed.
LEB

climber
PA
Jan 24, 2011 - 09:26pm PT
DF,

Do you think it is possible for me to find the amethyst cathedral which my father passed up on. Where would I begin to look for it?

Not the exact same one but maybe one like it. Where do you find huge cathedrals?
Dr. F.

climber
So Cal
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 24, 2011 - 09:27pm PT
I understand everything there is to know about crystals
Well not really, but I know a lot

LEB

climber
PA
Jan 24, 2011 - 09:29pm PT
But that is not the same as "bonding" with them. I am thinking maybe you don't know about that stuff. Hmmmmmmm.......maybe you are not ready yet.
LEB

climber
PA
Jan 24, 2011 - 09:30pm PT
DF,

I have to go to sleep now. We will talk about this some other time. There is a whole realm of this thing which I suspect you don't know much about. I am off to bed.
Dr. F.

climber
So Cal
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 24, 2011 - 09:31pm 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 24, 2011 - 09:34pm PT
That ain't LEB...
Klimmer

Mountain climber
San Diego
Jan 24, 2011 - 10:28pm 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 24, 2011 - 11:17pm 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 - 12:09am 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 - 12:14am 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 - 12:27am PT
Accountants naturally love to get f*#ked by Horses
Spider Savage

Mountain climber
SoCal
Jan 25, 2011 - 07:05am 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 - 07:20am 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 - 07:25am 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 - 08:05am 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 - 08:09am 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 - 08:30am 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?
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