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Gems & Minerals of Washington Paperback – January, 1999

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  • Paperback: 218 pages
  • Publisher: Gem Guides Book Co (January 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0918499097
  • ISBN-13: 978-0918499097
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #943,756 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By W. Jesse Kloss on November 30, 2009
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This book is reasonably good. It has lots of good information on identifying gems and minerals and includes pictures.

However, the pictures are only black and white which really detracts from identification. I would much prefer color photos.

Still the book is worth the money as the author (a geologist) is very knowledgeable. He also reveals numerous locations for
hunting various rocks, gems and minerals.
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As a prior resident of Washington, I bought this book while visiting in hopes of finding some agate, as a nostalgic reminder of my stay.
I visited three locations presented in this guide, carefully following maps and directions, but to no sucess.
Perhaps it's all due to some lack of direction or rock-spotting skills on my part, but I found the directions rather vague and the site geology did not appear to fit the rocks the author described; I found no trace of agate at any site. Mind you, I have some experience in geology and finding agate. But, after fruitless hours of searching, I can only conclude this book is more useful as an excuse to explore the backroads of Washington than actually find agate or other gemstones.
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Great book for researching old rockhounding areas - it's way out of date as far as property ownership, though, but can get you into the area!
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it was good.
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Although not perfect, this is the best available rockhounding book for Washington sites. There isn't a Falcon Guide for WA and the Gem Trails book is nearly worthless. Jackson's books are good but out of print and, at this point, out of date.
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