Re: Were do I begin ?
Billy, from a retired Marine and Vietnam veteran, thank you for your sacrifice and service. And I also want to add how envious I am that you are collecting rocks and minerals in one of the greatest places on earth to find them. You didn't say where home is back in "The World" as we use to call it. Wherever it is, there's a good chance an organized rock and mineral club exists in the area. Check out the United States Club List in this Website. Rock clubs are open to everyone and you will find the nicest bunch of like-minded folks you could ever hope to socialize with. I belong to two clubs in Virginia and organize field collecting trips to working quarries and mines. My clubs hold monthly meetings with the primary goal of educating members in rocks, minerals, fossils, lapidary arts, jewelry making and more.
To answer your question about identifying what you have. My favorite reference book is the Audubon Field Guide to Rocks and Minerals. Simon and Schuster's Field Guide to Rocks and Minerals is also good. And, if you have photos, send them to me. I'll be happy to identify them for you.
From John - March 23, 2011 at 11:26:49