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post #1 of (permalink) Old 08-16-2006, 08:05 AM Thread Starter
 
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Over the seasons I've heard others talk about finding 'mountain diamonds' out on hikes and climbs, which seem to be the various kinds of crystals like quartz. I've come across a few myself including small brilliant white quartz crystals on the Tower of Babel, a unique black and white one on Wiwaxy Peaks, and even a greenish colored one in the Sierras of all places. Just curious to know if anyone else has seen a 'diamond'. (not that I would ever bring one back from a park or other controlled area)
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post #2 of (permalink) Old 08-18-2006, 09:53 AM
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I'm sure there are more than a few of us that bring back rocks from hikes
Check out you local "Rock Shop" or Chapters and look for these two good books on the subject;

Gem Trails of British Columbia
Cam Bacon

Gold, Gemstones & Mineral Sites
of British Columbia
(within a day's drive of Vancouver)
Rick Hudson

I always have this in the back of my mind when hiking and what better way to combine two things as you are out there anyway. Trouble is I get involved in the hike and sometimes forget to look at my feet.

I hear at the base of Foley Peak is a very good place to look for quartz crystals. The west side of Harrison lake is a good place to find fossils from the Jurassic & Cretaceous periods.I have a few clams that I have collected there. Also last year Del Sol and I made a special trip to Boston Bar to collect some soap stone for carving...which is still in the works
Happy hunting.

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If you can post a photo or two, myself or a couple of other geo's here might be able to tell you what they are. Better yet, start a "What's that thing" sticky, where people can post photos of anything they're curious about.
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I've seen a few real diamonds-even a few still in matrix...
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Still looking for that 100 tonne jade boulder.

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Still looking for that 100 tonne jade boulder.
I've seen a few near Cassiar. Just about broke my arm trying to hammer a chunk off. Man that stuff is tough.
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One of the guys at work was telling me about how his uncle used to sit on his favourite rock for years near the Fraser river and fish. One day he drove up there and his rock was attached to a crane. Shocked he asked what the hell they were doing with "his" rock. A foreman came over and told him it was solid jade and worth $$$$$. He cried !

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post #8 of (permalink) Old 08-18-2006, 01:05 PM
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I'm more an agate kind of guy.Here are a few I have collected in my walks.

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post #9 of (permalink) Old 08-18-2006, 01:30 PM
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I bet if you put those in a bowl on your coffee table eventually someone would try to eat one.
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post #10 of (permalink) Old 08-19-2006, 01:37 AM
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AGATE ! aaaaaaahhhh! mmmmmmmmm!


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