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Rare Trent Agate

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« on: April 27, 2011, 09:22:14 pm »

Phillip how have you been? Its been a little while now. I keep looking at the weather down there and getting very jealous. We need to plan a trip down there to do some Owhee hiking. Any ways, I was wondering if that was from Idaho. I'm not 100% sure and Courtney is sleeping off a bit of a cold bug at the present moment but I think we have some of this material. Collected up here.
Hey Jason:
It's from Oregon. Here's some more info.
A deposit of unique agate was found near Trent, Oregon, in the sixties. The black mineral that gave rise to the psuedomorphs is stibnite, a sulphide of antimony. At times the stibnite has altered to yellow orpiment or red realgar. The farmer who owned the land let rockhounds come onto his property to mine the material. Legend has it that one of these fortunate diggers was injured in a cave in and then proceeded to sue the farmer. End of mining on that property! Now there is a freeway over the area so there won't be any digging in the near future in any case.

Still a little too wet to get out into the Owyhee's. The roads will be slicker than snot still.
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