Mountain stream collecting in Virginia-- Potomac Viewing Stone Group & Royal Rockhounds

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Mountain stream collecting in Virginia-- Potomac Viewing Stone Group & Royal Rockhounds

Post  Chris Cochrane on Sat Aug 08, 2015 11:08 pm

A little deeper than anticipated, the water suggests collectors scurry upstream from the river entry for shallow gravel/stone bars...


Spreading out as lower water is found  (note the stony hills upriver)...


Bonsai & stone enthusiast Randi Heise collecting in shallows...


A geologist from the local rockhound group notes that many stones' rich matrix colors are largely due to different oxidation states of iron in various minerals. Tumbling in the river polishes and enhances surface textures.  Several small, wet stones...


Potomac Viewing Stone Group newsletter editor Glenn Reusch...


(Photos courtesy of Chris Anderson, Executive Director of White Horse Farm Foundation.)

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Post  Kiefer on Mon Aug 10, 2015 9:24 pm

Beautiful stones, great trip! Thanks for sharing! :-)

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Post  chansen on Tue Aug 25, 2015 12:17 am

Wish I could have been there. Looks like you and Glen have upgraded the pool noodle situation... I like it! Hope it was a success.

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Post  Chris Cochrane on Tue Aug 25, 2015 12:47 am

Hi Christian... Glenn, Randi and I love the closed-cell "fun noodle" rafts for river-stone hauling. I joined stones & rode the green raft for a bit in the river's deeper channel-- until we nearly upended while crossing a partially-submerged Indian fish trap barrier... :-) Fortunately, the stones were secured in an on-board satchel.

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