Collecting Rocks-Rock Hounds
Rockhound, a Collector of Rocks, Minerals, Gems
A geologist is a professional rockhound. Amateurs or hobbyists who collect rocks, minerals, gems, and whatever mystery a rock unfolds is also known as a rockhound.
The pursuit of collecting rocks is a physically demanding hobby requiring outdoor investigations of climbing, walking, or digging into mountains, earth slides, forests, river beds, mines, caves, seashore, desert, volcanoes, and in the ocean. The second pursuit is research and record keeping.
There are many outlets for finding rocks, minerals, and gems. It is difficult to know where to start or how to become a rock hound. Each person searches for their own personal reasons. Interest ranges from educational to treasure hunting for profits.
Before Picking Up the First Rock
The Collection Kit
The Rock Collection
Splitting and Cutting Stones
There are mechanical and electrical equipment for breaking or cutting rocks.
The electrical wet saw is the preferred tool for cutting rocks apart.
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