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Posted in response to Agates in the rough from Kelly on June 21, 2011 at 08:21:44:

Re: Agates in the rough

Kelly, From my perspective agates don't always follow the same rules. But what I usually look for when scanning the ground hounding is "UGLY". Agates are very hard and usually keep their shapes quite well unless broken. But generally speaking agate nodules have filled some kind of void in the host rock/material and take the shape of that void. Typically the surface of the agate is very uneven/pitty. Then another type of agate is seam agate. Again the surface should for the most part be very uneven. The seam agate is usually much flatter in appearence. At least from my experience. While looking for agates try to focus on the norm and look for rocks that don't conform. Most of the host rocks lying about are softer than the agates and they will be rounded/worn and smoother in appearence. Hope that made sense. Just my 2 cents, Ward

From Ward - June 22, 2011 at 07:11:36

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