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PostPosted: Aug 14, 2018 00:32    Post subject: Howdy From Hornby Island  

Hello Jordi, John, and Peter and all others.
Nice to meet your acquaintances
I am not sure why I haven't joined this forum sooner|!

I am a nomadic Canadain who spends my summers on the west coast of Canada and spends my winters traveling the down the coast with my dog and surfboard.
This leads to some good rockhounding at times.
I am starting to amass quite a collection from my travels.

Presently. I am on Hornby Island for the summer.
Hornby is well known for the fossils found here
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Ammonites, bivalves, gastropods, shark teeth (several dozen species are known from here), crabs. A new species of Pterosaur was found here: Gwawinapterus beardi. Bones of vertebrates such as Mosasaur are rare..

A few beaches here contain some very nice jaspers as well.

Here are a few samples of what I found yesterday.

A piece Orbicular jasper from either rialto beach or by the golden gate bridge in SF snuck into the photo as well.
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PostPosted: Aug 14, 2018 03:48    Post subject: Re: Howdy From Hornby Island  

Welcome Tone!
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PostPosted: Aug 14, 2018 07:42    Post subject: Re: Howdy From Hornby Island  

Wow! Those are pretty! I have a question regarding the large gray rocks on the right. The ones with the large reddish maroon spots and smaller aqua spots. What are these? I have some just like it from my fathers house, and I have always wondered what they are. Are there gems inside?
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PostPosted: Aug 14, 2018 08:11    Post subject: Re: Howdy From Hornby Island  

Daughter of a rock hound wrote:
Wow! Those are pretty! I have a question regarding the large gray rocks on the right. The ones with the large reddish maroon spots and smaller aqua spots. What are these? I have some just like it from my fathers house, and I have always wondered what they are. Are there gems inside?


The ones with maroon chunks are a conglomerate rock not likely to contain gems. Pudding Stone, the state rock of Massachusetts, is a similar material.



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PostPosted: Aug 14, 2018 13:31    Post subject: Re: Howdy From Hornby Island  

Neat rocks. Youll have to make your way down to glass beech. There you'll have struck it rich with imaginary rubies, garnets, aquamarines, diamonds, and emeralds.
Yee yee!
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PostPosted: Aug 14, 2018 13:46    Post subject: Re: Howdy From Hornby Island  

Are you talking about the glass beach at Ft Bragg ?? I have spent many nights there collecting!!! :)
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PostPosted: Aug 14, 2018 13:57    Post subject: Re: Howdy From Hornby Island  

Yes, that's it Tone. Sounds like you've been just about everywhere out there.
Lucky you!
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PostPosted: Aug 14, 2018 14:08    Post subject: Re: Howdy From Hornby Island  

Daughter of a rock hound wrote:
Wow! Those are pretty! I have a question regarding the large gray rocks on the right. The ones with the large reddish maroon spots and smaller aqua spots. What are these? I have some just like it from my fathers house, and I have always wondered what they are. Are there gems inside?


I think they are smaller pieces of Jasper. All these rocks and stones fall out the sandstone. Hornby has many different exposed terrains...



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PostPosted: Aug 14, 2018 14:23    Post subject: Re: Howdy From Hornby Island  

Justin Hickok wrote:
Yes, that's it Tone. Sounds like you've been just about everywhere out there.
Lucky you!

Thank you, It was a great adventure at night...
I spent 5 months last winter surfing and collecting from the Olympic Peninsula down to Santa Cruz.
This year, I am going to forgo the ocean for a while and travel down through central Oregon. I read about the sunstones near the Cali border. I would love to be in Arizona for my birthday and the rock and gemboree!!

There is some ft Bragg glass in this photo...Note ..do not place your glass on a cast iron surface in the rain...lol It took forever to get the reddish slime off.



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PostPosted: Aug 14, 2018 15:27    Post subject: Re: Howdy From Hornby Island  

Very cool, Tone.
They typically want to keep chit chat here at a bare minimum and about minerals. We have to respect that.
But I just wanna say I admire you because you, like myself,
have an interest and appreciation for everything nature provides for us to examine and discuss. You have many many minerals that you probably don't even know about. Same as I.
Im lucky to be an extremely rich state for minerals (Colorado). And I actually, quite frequently, find some amazing specimens in places like restaurant and shopping center parking lot rick beds. And it all depends on location. Colorado Springs mainly, because they haul in that rock from the nearby river beds west of there, around Lake George and Florissant.
Anyway, safe travels friend!
(And if I may, just wanted to plug the Denver Rock, Gem, & Mineral show September 8th - 16th at the Denver Coliseum)
That's a great one to see if you can make it out this way!
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