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November 2015, rock donation and road cut hunt

In November 2015, MGMS received a donation from a family in Iraan. Several members traveled down to collect 2 truckloads and a trailer full of rocks collected over a lifetime. We found many incredible specimens including plume agate, biscuits, picture jasper, obsidian, fossils, and more! After we loaded up the collection, we took a detour on the way home. We stopped at a road cut on I-10 where we found shells and spines of some ancient sea creature.

Visiting a memorial dedicated to our donor at the Iraan Hospital

Visiting a memorial dedicated to our donor at the Iraan Hospital.

 

The rocks surrounding the memorial were owned by the family that made the donation.

The rocks surrounding the memorial were owned by the family that made the donation.

 

Our littlest rock hound enjoying the hunt.

Our littlest rock hound enjoying the hunt.

 

Ezra is our littlest rock hound.

Ezra had no problem jumping right into the action.

 

craig digging through the grass to find all the hidden gems underneath

Digging through the grass to find all the hidden gems underneath.

 

This is the best kind of rock hunt! just picking up piles of already collected rocks and slabs.

This is the best kind of rock hunt! just picking up piles of already collected rocks and slabs.

 

Filling up the trailer, almost full!

Filling up the trailer, almost full!

 

MIke and Jesse working round for prickly plants to get every last piece of rock.

Mike and Jesse working round for prickly plants to get every last piece of rock.

 

Jim working on collecting specimens from the rock garden.

Jim working on collecting specimens from the rock garden.

 

Thanks everyone for your help!

Thanks everyone for your help!

 

Collecting them rocks!

Collecting them rocks!

 

Rymond taking a breather after loading up the lapidary machines.

Rymond taking a breather after loading up the lapidary machines.

 

One of the spines we found ready for transporting back into town.

One of the spines we found ready for transporting back into town.

 

Uncovering what we believe to be a spine.

Uncovering what we believe to be a spine.

 

Ancient shells in an ancient seabed road cut

Ancient shells in an ancient seabed road cut.

 

We had a tip about a road cut on I-10. We stopped and found a hoard of treasure.

We had a tip about a road cut on I-10. We stopped and found a hoard of treasure.