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A visit to the Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks and Minerals, Hillsboro, Oregon
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PostPosted: Mar 01, 2012 16:31    Post subject: Re: A visit to the Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks and Minerals, Hillsboro, Oregon  

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Or from the same locality, how about a sharp-sharp-sharp goethite after pyrite matrix replacement specimen over 30 cm long and absolutely perfect! Wonderful!
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A 30 cm quartz and pyrite combination plate from Washington State's premier locality for these two species, the Spruce claim in King County. On loan from Lew Landers.
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A spectacular historic Oregon, L & L Baryte Mine, display of monstrous, up to 50 cm, plates densely covered with large golden-brown colored tabular Baryte crystals. Amazing to see specimens so visually spectacular.
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As much as anything, it's the story that makes these specimens so good, after all...
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Just look at the happy smile plastered across the mug of the fellow who originally mined these specimens!
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A great close-up of the biggest specimen, the hanging fin from the original black and white photograph from the display. The L & L Baryte Mine, Oregon.
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Another smiling collector photograph! Me, John Cornish, collecting golden calcites from Montana as seen in one of the display cases in the Northwest Mineral Gallery of the Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks and Minerals.
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Examples of those same golden calcites can be seen here in the lower display area. The large plate weighs 110 pounds and is the largest fine specimen I found while collecting this locality. Excepting the two left hand golden calcites and the large upper shelf brown and white calcite specimen on the right, everything else in this display was self collected and, at the time this photo was taken, on long term loan.
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Unique calcite after twinned elongated sprays of aragonite with calcite and quartz were collected from Snohomish County, Washington from vertical vuggy veins of calcite which were occasionally exposed during quarrying operations at the Snohomish County, Monroe, Cadman quarry. The large specimen in the foreground is 40 cm. This and other specimens from this discovery/pocket are some of the finest, rarest and most spectacular of the large cabinet-sized specimens I've collected from Washington.
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The Evolution of Thundereggs.
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Spectacular examples of thundereggs from France and Poland.
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PostPosted: Mar 01, 2012 16:39    Post subject: Re: A visit to the Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks and Minerals, Hillsboro, Oregon  

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From Australia too!
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Wow, pretty. Excellent color! From Oregon. On loan from George Williams.
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Large up to 30 cm specimens of fragile, beautiful "angle wing" quartz from Oregon.
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Beautiful examples of Bruneau Canyon, Idaho, jasper.
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Famous Carey Ranch plume agate, Oregon.
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A large freeform mass of Deschutes River Canyon jasper.
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A colorfully patterned Skull Springs Bed thunderegg from Oregon.
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An amazing group of wulfenite specimens awaiting photography in the Curators office.
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Breathtaking. Stunning. Luscious. Wonderful large pure blue colored masses of Inspiration Mine gem silica, the two largest pieces are 30 cm! These are unlike anything else I've ever seen. Spectacular!
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Occurring in geodes in one small area on private land, for a short window of time, these incredible blue Baryte specimens were available. Associated with deep golden-colored calcites, when everything worked, spectacular world-class Baryte specimens resulted. Oregon, who knew?
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The Gift Shop at the Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks and Minerals.
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PostPosted: Mar 01, 2012 16:49    Post subject: Re: A visit to the Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks and Minerals, Hillsboro, Oregon  

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A wonderful place to learn.
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A plethora of goodies.
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Flat after flat of treasures.
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Shelves weighed down with happiness!
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It just keeps getting better and better. The Gift Shop at the Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks and Minerals.
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Ariolimax columbianus, more commonly referred to as the Banana Slug.

Welcome to my Pacific Northwest!

These critters, documented in sizes up to 25 cm in length, are part of the thrill guests can look forward to experiencing when visiting our area. But, if you'd like more, if you'd enjoy the opportunity to fill your day with visions of the fantastical made real, whole-heartedly, the Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks and Minerals is 100% a destination the whole family can enjoy. From novice to advanced enthusiast, your day will be one of thrilling discovery. The slugs are out there, but if you'd like a bigger thrill, come inside, the minerals are awaiting your gasps of amazement and pleasure!

Take care everyone and sincerely, come visit the Rice! All the very best,

John Cornish
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PostPosted: Mar 01, 2012 16:52    Post subject: Re: A visit to the Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks and Minerals, Hillsboro, Oregon  

Splendid John. Thank you so much!
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PostPosted: Mar 01, 2012 21:30    Post subject: Re: A visit to the Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks and Minerals, Hillsboro, Oregon  

Inspirational as always! Thanks John.
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PostPosted: Mar 02, 2012 04:00    Post subject: Re: A visit to the Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks and Minerals, Hillsboro, Oregon  

Great Minerals!!!!
Thank you for sharing :-)
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PostPosted: Mar 02, 2012 07:59    Post subject: Re: A visit to the Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks and Minerals, Hillsboro, Oregon  

John, I so appreciate your taking the time to share with us. Thanks for your delightful report!
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PostPosted: Mar 02, 2012 09:40    Post subject: Re: A visit to the Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks and Minerals, Hillsboro, Oregon  

Mineralogical surrealism - i can't believe my eyes when i see that stuff ...

Just look at the gift shop: Usually the shops of mineral museums offer things like amethyst, pyrite, quartz or some pale celestites from Madagascar. THEY offer Sweet Home Mine rhodos!!! :-)
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PostPosted: Mar 02, 2012 14:21    Post subject: Re: A visit to the Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks and Minerals, Hillsboro, Oregon  

Absolutely wonderful report, John, thank you so much for doing it!
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PostPosted: Mar 03, 2012 08:57    Post subject: Re: A visit to the Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks and Minerals, Hillsboro, Oregon  

Hi Everyone,

Thank you all for being so kind!

I had a friend write and enquire if I'd heard of another wonderful Oregon mineral museum, the Crater Rock Museum run by the Roxy Ann Gem and Mineral Society. In fact, I have! Please see...

https://mcrocks.com/ftr06-2/CornishAugust2006.html
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Have a wonderful weekend. All the absolute very best!

John
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