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Rockhounder's Dream: Dugway Geodes, Sherry Colored Topaz, Wonderstone

Program Number: 1996RJ
Start and End Dates:
9/28/2014 - 10/4/2014; 5/3/2015 - 5/9/2015; 9/27/2015 - 10/3/2015;
Duration: 6 nights
Location: Delta, Utah
Price starting at: $1,387.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Science & Nature; Natural History
Meals: 17; 6 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 6 Dinners    
Meal Options: Low Fat; Low Salt; Vegetarian; Gluten Free    

Join us for an unforgettable week of rockhounding at the minerally rich Great Basin region of Utah. Under the rocks and crags of this desert region lie museum-quality specimens of topaz, Dugway geodes, pyrophyllite (wonderstone) and fossilized trilobites. At loose rock and fossil quarries or large mining operations, join the largest mineral supplier/distributor on a quest for the mineral wealth of Utah’s desert Great Basin country, then polish them up and ship them home to admire.




Highlights

• Collect remains of mid-Cambrian trilobites at the largest deposit of these creatures that ruled the seas 550 million years ago.
• Private and first access to specimens with the largest rockhounding supplier in the West as their machines and explosives free up the treasures of the earth.
• Experience demonstrations of cutting and polishing, and a chance to turn your rocks into mineral beauty at a local lapidary shop.



Activity Particulars

Walks up to one-half mile over uneven terrain; some steep, rocky hills.




Date Specific Information

9-28-2014, 5-3-2015, 9-27-2015

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Delta

Delta is considered the gateway to the Great Basin National Park - a Mecca for "rockhounds" and geologists from around the world who come to study and search for topaz, agate, obsidian, garnets, trilobites and red beryl. Delta is famous for surrounding geological wonders including Topaz Mountain, Sunstone Knoll and the Dugway geode beds.



Accommodations
Comfortable hotel with heated outdoor pool.

Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
Emily Lamas

A faculty member at Utah Valley University, Emily Lamas has taught courses in geology and Earth sciences for more than 10 years. She has done extensive geological research in the Great Basin area, and is the geology lab manager at Utah Valley University. Emily has taught Road Scholar participants about geology for several years, and trained them in the latest techniques of cataloging and inventorying rock and gem collections.
 
Shayne Crapo

A lifelong fossil and gemstone enthusiast, Shayne Crapo is the owner of U-Dig Fossils, a rock hounding business in Delta, Utah that has been featured on the Travel Channel as one of the “best places to find cash and treasures.” Shayne is also the co-owner and operator of The Bug House, a wholesaler of fossils, gemstones, geodes and rock hounding supplies to rock shops around the world. He enjoys taking Road Scholar groups to some of the best rock hounding locations in the nation.
 
Janeal Young

Janeal Young serves on the board of directors of the Great Basin Museum located in Delta, Utah. As a historian and educator, Janeal loves teaching others about the unique history of Delta, including the booms and busts of this small farming community.
 
Robert Harris

Robert Harris has been collecting gemstones and minerals for his entire life. As one of the original owners of the red beryl mine in Delta, Utah, Robert helped to promote this extremely valuable gemstone around the world as geologists and other experts discovered that the Harris Mine was indeed the only place where red beryl can be found. Red beryl is estimated to be worth 1,000 times more than gold, and is so rare that one crystal is found for every 150,000 diamonds. Robert is the owner of West Desert Collections, a large rock hound wholesaler for rock shops around the world.
 
Jane Beckwith

As the founder of the Topaz Museum and Education Center, Jane Beckwith has worked for more than 30 years to preserve the history of the Topaz Japanese American Internment Camp in Delta, Utah. In 1982, Jane began a large community research to interview local townspeople who worked at the camp about their experiences and memories. One of 10 relocation camps build during WWII, the Topaz Internment Camp processed 11,212 internees during its three years of operation. Jane’s project opened dialogue and renewed interest about this time in history, and soon she organized a non-profit organization to gather historic accounts and raise money to buy the camp site and construct a museum. Additionally, she was successful in getting the site designated as a National Historic Landmark. Now retired from her distinguished teaching career, Jane serves as president of the board and curator of the museum.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Days Inn
  Delta, UT 6 nights
 Days Inn
Type: Hotel
  Description: AAA-rated, double and single occupancy. A laundromat and swimming pool are located at the Inn (pool opens in May). A post office, movie theater, and other merchants are located nearby.
  Contact info: 527 East Topaz Blvd.
Delta, UT 84624 USA
phone: 800-354-9378
web: www.daysinndelta.com/
  Room amenities: Private bath, cable television and direct-dial phones in room. Both smoke-free and smoking rooms are available on request. Clock, Coffee maker, Hair dryer, Iron, Ironing Board, Refrigerator in Every Room.
  Facility amenities: Free High Speed Wireless Internet; Business Center with High Speed Wireless Internet, Computer, Copy Service; Fax Service, Printer, Messaging, Audio Visual Equipment; Fed-Ex / UPS / DHL; Heated Outdoor Pool
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Additional nights prior: around $70/night, plus tax Contact the Inn directly for room availability at (800)354-9378.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: around $70/night, plus tax Contact the Inn directly for room availability at (800)354-9378.
  Check out time: 10:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Check in at 3:00 PM at Days Inn in Delta or meet shuttle at 1:00 PM at Plaza Hotel in Salt Lake City You will be staying at Days Inn that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends following breakfast, Depart at 9:00 AM for Salt Lake City, Plaza Hotel You will be staying at Days Inn the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. Nielsen Adventures Liability Waiver & Questionnaire Forms. Nielsen Adventures, LLC, is required by its insurance carrier to obtain signed liability release waivers. Participants will be required to sign Nielsen Adventures, LLC liability release waiver to participate in the program's activity. That waiver will be included in the preparatory material participants will receive after enrolling in the program and must be returned prior to the program's commencement. Questionnaire Form, Participants will be required to fill out and sign the Questionnaire Form in order to know who is flying vs. driving and who needs a shuttle to Delta, UT. That questionnaire will be included in the preparatory material participants will receive after enrolling in the program and must be returned prior to the program's commencement.
  Parking availability:
Parking is free at the hotel.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Delta, UT
  Nearest city or town:  Delta, Utah
  Nearest highway: I-15 (Major), exit 174 to US-50
  Nearest airport:  Salt Lake City International
  From End of Program
  Location: Delta, UT
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

To Salt Lake Plaza Hotel

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Hotel Shuttle
Salt Lake Plaza Hotel Shuttle
phone: 800-366-3684
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Free
Prices are subject to change.

   

You must arrive at the Salt Lake Airport by 11:00AM, so that the hotel shuttle can get you to the hotel by 12:45PM. The Nielsen Adventures van will then pick you up for transportation to Delta.

 

From Plaza Hotel to Delta

 

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Nielsen Adventures Van
phone: 801-368-3326
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$30
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

2.5 hours 

 

Distance:

 

134 miles

   

TO DELTA: Pick up from the Salt Lake Plaza Hotel on Sunday at 1:00PM sharp. *This is the ONLY pick up time and location the Nielsen Adventures will make. The van will arrive in Delta around 3:30PM. FROM DELTA: Nielsen Adventures Van will leave at 9:00AM sharp and will arrive at the Salt Lake Airport around 11:30AM. *Please schedule your flight time after 2:00 PM.

 
Driving Directions
  DAYS INN-DELTA FROM THE NORTH on I-15 or from the SALT LAKE AIRPORT: Travel south on I-15 approximately 47 miles to Nephi (exit 225, SR-132). Head southwest to Lynndyl and merge onto US-6 (turn left). Continue southwest 16 miles directly to Delta. Days Inn is located at 527 East Topaz Blvd. FROM THE SOUTH on I-15: Travel north on I-15 past Cedar City, Beaver, and Fillmore. Take exit 174 to US-50, which runs directly into Delta. Days Inn is located at 527 East Topaz Blvd.
Elevation Note: Delta's altitude is 4,650 feet, but we will be rock hounding at slightly higher altitudes.

Equipment Requirements: Bring only what you have room for: Leather gloves to protect hands, hammer or flat-edged rock hammer, long screw driver, chisel, putty knife, rock pick, folding shovel, pry bar. Also, durable footwear, sunscreen, day pack or fanny pack are recommended.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Arrival & Check-In/Welcome & Orientation
(Sunday, September 28)
   
 Afternoon: Check into your room at Days Inn Hotel. Rooms may not be ready until the 3:00 PM check-in time. At 5:45 PM, come to the hotel front lobby, for our Road Scholar Registration, you will receive your name badge with participant list and detailed itinerary for the week.
 Dinner: Around 6 PM, we travel to a local restaurant for dinner.
 Evening: Following dinner, we will cover all the details for the week, show samples of specimens you will be finding on field trips. We will discuss preparations needed for each day and items to bring.
   
Accommodations: Days Inn
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Probe the complexities of the Japanese Relocation Camp during WWII, Discover Beryllium, Understand "Gemstones of America," Examine the geologic history, Explore the Great Basin Museum and Learn about the rare and beautiful Red Beryl.
(Monday, September 29)

Note: Most of the day will be spent in a classroom setting learning all about the geologic history of the are so you gain a deeper appreciation and understanding of what we will be finding and collecting the remainder of the week. Visit West Desert Collectors and see a cutting and polishing demonstration.



   
 Breakfast: A continental breakfast is provided by Days Inn in the front lobby. You can eat in the lobby or take your breakfast to your room.
 Morning: Learn and explore the fascinating history of the Topaz Relocation Japanese Internment Camp established in Delta during WWII from the Topaz Camp Historian and examine the artifacts from the site. Learn and discover about the modern Day Beryllium Mining from a representative from Materion Mine and learn how Delta provides one of the richest pockets of Beryllium which when processed becomes the lightest weight and strongest metal in the world. Learn how it is used in military applications and other applications needing this high strength and light-weight properties. Learn and understand more about the "Gemstones of America" through a wonderful video presentation.
 Lunch: Local Restaurant.
 Afternoon: Learn the fascinating Geology of the Great Basin area and organizing and labeling your collection from a Geology Professor. Explore the Great Basin Museum, artifacts from the past, from the oldest rocks found in Utah, to Native American, to settlers who lived in Delta, UT and much more amazing artifacts to discover. Watch a video presentation on "Red Beryl," the rarest gemstone and it's only in Delta, UT, filmed by Ted and Robert Harris.
 Dinner: Local Restaurant.
 Evening: Visit West Desert Collectors Rock Hound Shop and learn about the ups and downs of owning a large rock hound business and discussion of Red Beryl Mining in Utah by the Harris family of Delta. Also known as Red Emerald, this gem is found only in Utah and is more valuable than diamonds. Enjoy a rock cutting and polishing demonstration and see how specimens evolve from a rough rock or gemstone to a beautiful finished product ready to sell for top dollar in rock shops and gift stores. Explore the gift shop at leisure.
   
Accommodations: Days Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Explore and Discover Fossil Mountain and Collect Brachiopods, Echinoderms and Cephalopods, Collect Mahogany & Snowflake Obsidian, and Sunstone, (Labradorite), at Sunstone Knoll
(Tuesday, September 30)

Note: Van ride for several miles on dirt roads to collect Fossils, Mahogany & Snowflake Obedsidian and Sunstone. Wear clothes that can get dirty and dusty. Rock Hounding tools are provided or you can bring your own.



   
 Breakfast: A continental breakfast is provided by Days Inn in the front lobby. You can eat in the lobby or take your breakfast to your room.
 Morning: Travel to Fossil Mountain and discover and be the first to collect some old fossils from the past such as: Brachiopods, Echinoderms and Cephalopods. Fossil Mountain is located at the southern end of the Confusion Range in the western Utah desert. Named after the numerous fossils that can be found on its’ slopes, Fossil Mountain is the second highest named summit in the Confusion Range next to King Top (elev. 8350 ft). Some of the best early Ordovician fossils in this area can be found on Fossil mountain. A variety of shells and other invertebrate fossils including trilobites, brachiopods, cephalopods and echinoderms can be found here. Some geology information about Fossil Mountain can be found here. The Fossils are completely legal to collect, since it's BLM land. Aside from the many fossils that can be found on the slopes of this mountain, the summit of Fossil Mountain is a worthy goal. The east face of Fossil Mountain is impressive and rugged; from the summit and down is a 300 foot cliff that begs for you to stand above it. Expect solitude and excellent views of the west desert from the top of this peak. Rock Hounding tools are provided or bring your own.
 Lunch: Enjoy a Boxed lunch at Fossil Mountain
 Afternoon: Collect Mahogany obsidian is a natural volcanic glass and can be found in areas with volcanic activity and is a deep reddish-brown with black inclusions. The distinctive coloring comes from high concentrations of iron. Afterward, collect Snowflake Obsidian, a rock - a natural volcanic glass containing white 'snowflake' crystal patterns of the mineral cristobalite. Obsidian is a naturally occurring glass formed as an extrusive igneous rock. It is produced when felsic lava released from a volcano cools without crystal growth. Obsidian is commonly found within the fields of obsidian flows. Because of the lack of crystal structure, obsidian blade edges can reach almost molecular thinness, leading to its ancient use as projectile points, and its modern use as surgical scalpel blades. In some stones the inclusion of small, white, radially clustered crystals of cristobalite in the black glass produce a blotchy or snowflake pattern (snowflake obsidian). It may contain patterns of gas bubbles remaining from the lava flow, aligned along layers created as the molten rock was flowing before being cooled. Then on the way home collect Sunstone at Sunstone Knoll. The sunstone here is a transparent, yellowish labradorite (a plagioclase feldspar mineral) found as crystals in volcanic rocks and on the flats surrounding the knoll.
 Dinner: Dinner at Mi Rancherito at your leisure. Mexican & American cuisine options.
 Evening: Free evening to explore the local area.
   
Accommodations: Days Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Dig for Trilobites in the Drum Mountain Range. Collect Wonderstone. Visit the Ghost Town of Joy. Collect Agate and Jasper. Visit the Topaz Relocation Camp.
(Wednesday, October 1)

Note: Van ride for several miles on dirt roads to collect Trilobites, Wonderstone, Agate and Jasper. Wear clothes that can get dirty and dusty. Rock Hounding tools are provided or you can bring your own.



   
 Breakfast: A continental breakfast is provided by Days Inn in the front lobby. You can eat in the lobby or take your breakfast to your room.
 Morning: Digging for Trilobites at Antelope Springs. Privately owned quarry, good quantity and quality. Requires sitting on rock and splitting layers of rock using small picks and wedges. Rock Hounding tools are provided or bring your own. Western Utah is one of the best-known Cambrian fossil localities in the world. The Wheeler Shale and Marjum Formation, strata of Middle Cambrian age, exhibit various exposures throughout the House Range and nearby mountain ranges west of the town of Delta, Utah. The Wheeler Shale is named for a major feature in the House Range, the Wheeler Amphitheater. The most famous Wheeler Shale fossil is the trilobite Elrathia kingi; so common at some sites that specimens are commercially quarried and are made into novelty accessories, as well as sold to collectors and institutions all over the world. However, Elrathia is just one of about fifteen trilobite genera of the Wheeler Shale. Bathyuriscus fimbriatus is also relatively common at certain sites. Even more abundant are several species of agnostid trilobites, such a Peronopsis interstricta. These are typically less than a centimeter in length.
 Lunch: Enjoy a Boxed lunch at the Trilobite Quarry
 Afternoon: Collect Wonderstone (beautiful red, cream, orange swirled-unique to area) at Drum Mountain Range. Wonder Stone a type of Rhyolite: Rhyolite is a light-colored rock with silica (SiO2) content greater than about 68%. The word Rhyolite comes from the Greek word for stream (rhyax) the suffix lite. Rhyolite was named streaming rock because of its beautiful flow bands, which are made of bubble and crystal rich layers that form as the lava flows onto the surface and advances. Rhyolite can look very different, depending on how it erupts. The color of Rhyolite ranges widely, but generally is white or light yellow, brown, or red. Most Rhyolite is flow banded; that is, they show streaky irregular layers that are formed by the flowing of the sticky, almost congealed magma. This particular variety was once a very fine volcanic ash. Through pressure and time this ash became rock hard as the colorful chemicals such as iron in the earth seeped through and swirled into a glorious design producing a smooth texture for a soft, desirable cutting material. Visit the Ghost town of "Joy". Collect Agate and Jasper. Agate is the Mystical birth stone for September. It is also the birth stone for the Zodiac sign of Gemini. Agate is the accepted gemstone for the 12th and 14th wedding anniversaries. Jasper is the mystical birth stone for the month of October. Jasper is an opaque variety of chalcedony quartz. Agate and Jasper can be found all over the world but in great quantities in California, Oregon, Idaho, Utah, Wyoming and Washington. This mineral comes in multiple colors due to its impurities. The mystical powers and energy omitted by a jasper vary depending on color. Visit the site location of the WWII Topaz Japanese Relocation Camp on the way back to the hotel.
 Dinner: Dinner at Mi Rancherito at your leisure. Mexican & American cuisine options.
 Evening: Free evening to explore the local area.
   
Accommodations: Days Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Explore and Collect Apache Tears, Dig for Topaz Crystals (Utah State's Gemstone) at Topaz Mountain and Dig for the world-famous Dugway Geodes.
(Thursday, October 2)

Note: Van ride for several miles on dirt roads to collect Apache Tears, Topaz and Dugway Geodes. Wear clothes that can get dirty and dusty. Rock Hounding tools are provided or you can bring your own.



   
 Breakfast: A continental breakfast is provided by Days Inn in the front lobby. You can eat in the lobby or take your breakfast to your room.
 Morning: Explore and collect Apache Tears which originate from obsidian lava flows or lava domes. If water is present during cooling of the obsidian lava, the obsidian may hydrate (i.e., water enters the obsidian glass converting it to perlite). Curved, onion-like fractures may form. If the central core does not get hydrated, that fresh obsidian core ends up being the Apache tear, (can range from black to red to brown and looks opaque by reflected light). Search for and excavate Sherry-colored Topaz on privately owned claim. Rock Hounding tools are provided or you can bring your own. (dental-type excavation tool recommended). Topaz, Utah's state gem, is a semiprecious gemstone that occurs as very hard, transparent crystals in a variety of colors. The topaz crystals at Topaz Mountain are naturally amber colored, but become colorless after exposure to sunlight. The crystals formed within cavities of the Topaz Mountain Rhyolite, a volcanic rock which erupted approximately six to seven million years ago (Tertiary Period) from volcanic vents along faults in the area. The Topaz became the State Gem in 1969. It is a semiprecious gem found in Juab County of Utah at the Thomas Mountain. This hard gem is an aluminum fluorisilicate and is next in hardness to carborundum and diamonds (two of the hardest natural minerals around). A favorite location for the mineral collectors and rock hounds is called "The Cove" on the southern end of the Thomas Range. Wear topaz only if you wish to be clear-sighted: legend has it that it dispels all enchantment and helps to improve eyesight as well! The ancient Greeks believed that it had the power to increase strength and make its wearer invisible in times of emergency. Topaz was also said to change color in the presence of poisoned food or drink. Its mystical curative powers waxed and waned with the phases of the moon: it was said to cure insomnia, asthma, and hemorrhages. Topaz is the birth stone of November.
 Lunch: Enjoy a boxed lunch at Topaz Mountain.
 Afternoon: Brief discovery of the Pony Express Trail, Dig for Dugway Geodes on private claim (geodes range in size from golf-ball to bowling ball size).
 Dinner: Dinner at Mi Rancherito at your leisure. Mexican & American cuisine options.
 Evening: Free evening to explore the local area.
   
Accommodations: Days Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Visit "The Bug House," Stone Carving Demonstration and Rock Hounding Business overview, Clean, cut and polish Dugway Geodes,Trilobite & Fossil Cleaning, "Show and Tell," and "Trading Post," Receive Certificates and Passport stickers and Goodbyes at Dinner Finale.
(Friday, October 3)

Note: Field Trip to "The Bug House" in Delta. Wear clothes that can get dirty and dusty from cleaning and cutting geodes and cleaning trilobites and fossils for the day. Bring your favorite rock, gem or mineral from your collection at home to show the rest of the group or show your best specimen found during the week. Bring samples or any rock specimen to share with rest of the group during the "Trading Post" at Dinner Finale.



   
 Breakfast: A continental breakfast is provided by Days Inn in the front lobby. You can eat in the lobby or take your breakfast to your room.
 Morning: A hands-on experience at local Rock and Mineral shop called "The Bug House" Learn the Rock Hound Business from a local distributor and wholesaler. See a cutting and polishing demonstration. Begin cleaning, cutting and polishing your Dugway Geodes. Program includes cutting all of your geodes and then pick your favorite Geode for polishing up to a Cantaloupe-size, which is also covered in your program fee. You may choose to have all of your Geodes polished or at least pick out the best ones for polishing.
 Lunch: Enjoy a Boxed lunch at "The Bug House"
 Afternoon: Continue cleaning and cutting geodes and other treasures. Learn how to clean, polish and catalog your trilobite fossils collected earlier in the week. Includes classification and storage techniques. Spend the afternoon participating in this hands-on Trilobite cleaning and preparation class (involves use of dremel tool and safety glasses which are provided).
 Dinner: Local Restaurant.
 Evening: "Show and Tell" time! Marvel at each others' collections, special finds or specimens from home and/or found in Delta. Bring samples of something from your home state or something you have collected in the past to share with the rest of the group during our "Trading Post" time. Please enclose your specimens in baggies with a label or piece of paper describing what the rock or fossil is, where it was collected and the date. You can also include any geologic history of your specimen on the piece of paper. This is a fun but completely voluntary activity and if you do not have any specimens to share, at least you will go home with other participant's samples to add to your collection. Receive Certificates and Passport stickers and Goodbyes at Dinner Finale.
   
Accommodations: Days Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Independent departures after breakfast
(Saturday, October 4)
   
 Breakfast: A continental breakfast is provided by Days Inn in the front lobby. You can eat in the lobby or take your breakfast to your room.
 Morning: Program ends after breakfast Saturday morning. Check out of rooms by 11:00 AM. As listed in transportation information, the shuttle van will leave at 9:00 AM to the Salt Lake International Airport and then downtown Salt Lake City to the Plaza Hotel for anyone staying an extra night or have a later flight.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast
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Suggested Reading List


Trilobites of the World: An Atlas of 1000 Photographs


Author: Pete Lawrance and Sinclair Stammers


Description: ISBN-10: 0957453035 ISBN-13: 978-0957453036 In recent days it seems there has been a veritable (and welcome) avalanche of new books focused on presenting both the inherent beauty and quirky charms of trilobites. Among the latest is Trilobites of the World: An Atlas of 1000 Photographs, a pleasing and easily digestible display of information and photos that has been carefully assembled by authors Pete Lawrance and Sinclair Stammers. Featuring an impressive array of 1000 photos—which depict over 700 different species in full color—this is a well-designed volume the deftly covers the nearly 300 million year reign of the world’s favorite fossilized arthropod. With Lawrance a leading collector, and Stammers a renowned photographer, the pair make a dynamic duo when it comes to gathering together and presenting specimens from the four corners of the globe. Highlights include beautiful trilobites from Great Britain (no great surprise considering both of the authors’ British roots) as well as recently uncovered material from such paleontological hotbeds as Morocco and Russia. Also featured are eye-catching examples of unusual species from Bolivia, Germany and China. While one could nit-pick and state that the display of North American trilobites featured here is generally less than awe-inspiring, even at its weakest point this “atlas” never fails to be informative and highly entertaining. The bottom line is that amid the recent flurry of trilo-books, this one will serve as a solid addition to anyone’s collection due to both its comprehensive nature and easy-to-handle size. While it may lack the scientific detail found in some volumes, and miss the eye-popping specimens featured in others, Trilobites of the World earns its rightful place among important books for the true trilobite enthusiast. 416 pages



A field guide to Topaz and associated minerals of the Thomas Range, Utah (Topaz Mountain)


Author: John Holfert


Description: ASIN: B0006QONBU A field guide to Topaz and associated minerals of the Thomas Range, Utah (Topaz Mountain). 103 pages



Collecting Rocks, Gems and Minerals


Author: Patti Polk


Description: SKU-GB-80000169 Three guide in one: Identification, Values, and Lapidary Uses. Designed with beginners in mind, yet filled with valuable technical information for advanced collectors, Collecting Rocks, Gems and Minerals takes you from being just someone who appreciates rocks to a true "collector." Easy to use, quick reference format arranged by category and color of stone. Covers both lapidary and mineral display materials. Provides values and tips for locating, buying and collecting. Includes organics such as amber, bone, coral, pearl and shell. Lists chemical group, systems, hardness, opacity, fracture, specific gravity and more. Contains more than 650 full-color photos. Foreword by Johann Zenz, world renowned agate expert, author and lecturer.



Golden Guide to Fossils


Author: Frank H. T. Rhodes, Paul R. Shaffer, Herbert S. Zim and Raymond Perlman


Description: This introduction to the life of the past as revealed through fossils includes: Descriptions of the typical plants and animals of major Geological Eras Maps showing where fossils can be found the history of the development of life on earth Full color illustrations and concise information make this an invaluable and enjoyable guide to a fascinating subject. (160 pages).



The Rockhound's Handbook


Author: James R. Mitchell


Description: ISBN-10: 1889786438 | ISBN-13: 978-1889786438 | Edition: second Revised and expanded 2/E of this popular reference guide for rockhounds and field collectors of rocks, minerals and fossils. Includes expanded sections on basic geology and mineral formation; how to find and identify minerals in the field; collecting tools and techniques; finding gold and other heavy minerals; fossil formation and collecting fossils; the legal aspects of collecting; specimen preparation and display plus the basics of lapidary and jewelry making. Illustrated throughout with photos, diagrams and charts; features 16-page color insert of over 90 specimens; extensive glossary; lists of government agencies and museums and much more. An indispensable how-to book for beginners and a comprehensive reference guide for experienced collectors. 320 pages



The Trilobite Book: A Visual Journey


Author: Riccardo Levi-Setti


Description: ISBN-10: 022612441X ISBN-13: 978-0226124414 Distant relatives of modern lobsters, horseshoe crabs, and spiders, trilobites swam the planet’s prehistoric seas for 300 million years, from the Lower Cambrian to the end of the Permian eras—and they did so very capably. Trilobite fossils have been unearthed on every continent, with more than 20,000 species identified by science. One of the most arresting animals of our pre-dinosaur world, trilobites are also favorites among the fossil collectors of today, their crystalline eyes often the catalyst for a lifetime of paleontological devotion. And there is no collector more devoted—or more venerated—than Riccardo Levi-Setti. With The Trilobite Book, a much anticipated follow-up to his classic Trilobites, Levi-Setti brings us a glorious and revealing guide to these surreal arthropods of ancient Earth. Featuring specimens from Bohemia to Newfoundland, California to the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show, and Wales to the Anti-Atlas Mountains of Morocco, Levi-Setti’s magnificent book reanimates these “butterflies of the seas” in 235 astonishing full-color photographs. All original, Levi-Setti’s images serve as the jumping-off point for tales of his global quests in search of these highly sought-after fossils; for discussions of their mineralogical origins, as revealed by their color; and for unraveling the role of the now-extinct trilobites in our planetary history. Sure to enthrall palaeontologists with its scientific insights and amateur enthusiasts with its beautiful and informative images, The Trilobite Book combines the best of science, technology, aesthetics, and personal adventure. It will inspire new collectors for eras to come. 288 pages



Utah [Book]


Author: P. J. Neri


Description: ISBN 0516223828 Information is presented on Utah's geography, history, landmarks, natural resources, and government. Features include sidebars with fun facts, statistics, biographies, and state name explanations; timelines; a glossary of famous people from each state; recipes; and more. 80 Pages





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