Wednesday, June 23, 2010

"It Was All In My Truck"

Gene has returned from his mining operation in Oregon! He brought with him a truckload of Regency Rose Plume Agate. Much of it is multicolored plume, some with very beautiful pinks possible. After unloading all of the rock pictured here, Gene chuckled, "that's it for the truck; now I've got to get the rock out of the camper." Gene will be grading and sorting the rock for the rest of the week -- and maybe part of next week too. "Many different types of agate are possible at Graveyard," Gene explained. He brought back some with pink plumes, yellow/gold and white plumes, some with black marcasite plumes in blue agate, and some with various colored agate and little to no plumes. "There is such a variety of rock in the deposit," Gene remarked, "but most people think there are only pink plumes." Some of these different agate variants will be inspected more closely in up-coming posts.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

     Gene spent most of the day yesterday reclaiming the Beverly Marie claim. Essentially what is meant be the term reclaiming is: put things back where you found them. The BLM (Bureau of Land Management) insists that small mineral miners leave their claim exactly as they found it -- except for the rock they mined out of the claim of course.
     Much of the Beverly Marie claim is underneath the road. As you can see from the picture, Gene and Jake had to "put everything back" and rebuild the road as well. This picture of the claim shows the rebuilt road. Notice towards the top left of picture the larger rocks just off the road; they mark the cave below. The image below is from June 4th for comparison.
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