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Rockhounding New Mexico: A Guide to 140 of the State's Best Rockhounding Sites (Falcon Guides Rockhounding)by Ruta Vaskys
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A complete guide to finding, collecting, and preparing the states gems & minerals
More than a third of New Mexico is public land that holds untold quantities of mineralogical treasure. With this book anyone can learn where to find unusual mineral displays, fossils, jasper, agate, and petrified wood—not to mention more obsidian than one rockhound could possibly collect in a lifetime. An outstanding resource for experts and novices alike, Rockhounding New Mexico points the way to 140 of the states best rockhounding sites, including popular and commercial areas as well as lesser-known sites on public land.
Look inside to find:
Maps and detailed site descriptions with directions and GPS coordinates
Suggested tools and techniques
Land-use regulations and legal restrictions
Contact information for land managers
Additional information on rock shops, attractions, and local history
For more than twenty-five years, FalconGuides® have set the standard for outdoor guidebooks. Written by top experts, each guide invites you to experience the adventure and beauty of the outdoors.
Book News Annotation:
Fossils abound, as does jasper, agate, obsidian and petrified wood. The landscape may be rugged at certain sites but all those listed here are accessible. Further, many sites are relatively unknown and ripe for the hounding. Vaskeys and Freed, whose partnership in life, outdoor living and writing began in 1978, give expert insights about amenities and possibilities at rockhounding sites, locations, types of minerals found at sites, best time of year to visit and vehicles to use, land management, tools needed, and legal restrictions. Along with the information on sites, which is valuable as it is, they give novices tips on rockhounders' ethics, special attractions, New Mexico gem and mineral societies, and rockhounding terms. They also not which are commercial sites and which are on government land or available for rockhounding without fees. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
More than a third of New Mexico is public land that holds untold quantities of mineralogical treasure. With this book anyone can learn where to find unusual mineral displays, fossils, jasper, agate, petrified wood—not to mention more obsidian than one rockhound could possibly collect in a lifetime. The array and quality of such materials just waiting to be found in New Mexico are almost mind-boggling.
Rockhounding New Mexico describes 140 of the state’s best rockhound sites, covering popular and commercial sites as well as numerous little-known areas. This handy guide describes where and how to collect specimens, includes maps of each site as well as directions, and provides reliable recommendations for accommodations, camping, and other special attractions. It is, in short, a complete and outstanding introduction to the many sides of a fascinating hobby.
About the Author
Martin Freed and Ruta Vaskys met on top of Mount Abraham in Vermont in 1976 and have been climbing mountains together ever since. They are the authors of Fishing Virginia and Fishing Maryland, Delaware, and Washington (both Lyons Press) and of numerous articles on a range of outdoors subjects for regional and national publications. They currently divide their time between Fairbanks, Alaska, and Quincy, Virginia.
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