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Fossil Collecting Geology for Rockhounds
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Rockhounding Guides by State

Note: I've weeded out the badly out of date and redundant guides (2020) so there are sometimes many more if you do a search on Amazon. I also have some regional references that are relevant.

Alaska

Rockhounding Alaska: A Guide to 80 of the State's Best Rockhounding Sites (Rockhounding Series) Paperback – May 1, 2019

 

Arizona

Rockhounding Arizona ~ Gerry Blair 2008

Minerals of Arizona: A Field Guide for Collectors 2nd Edition by Neil R. Bearce (Paperback - Jul 1999)

Gem Trails of Arizona Paperback – March 2, 2010 by James R. Mitchell (Author)

Arizona Rocks & Minerals: A Field Guide to the Grand Canyon State (Rocks & Minerals Identification Guides) Paperback – January 11, 2010 by Bob Lynch

Collecting Arizona: State of Mines, Legacy of Minerals 1st Edition by Tony L. Potucek

 

California

Gem trails of Northern California by Portland Oregon author Garret Romaine. Do not get the 1991 edition! All of the sites in this book are featured in my OreRockOn Rockhounding guide!

Gem Trails of Southern California by Otie Braden This is the new edition (2017)

Rockhounding California by Gail A. Butler, Shep Koss This is the new edition (20127)

Rocks and Minerals of California ~  Vinson Brown Revised 3rd Edition 1987

Rockhound's Guide to California by Octavia Butler (Paperback - 1999)

Rockhounding the Wiley's Well District of California: The GPS User's Guide by Delmer Ross (Paperback - Dec 29, 2006)

Rocks & Minerals of California: Your Way to Easily Identify Rocks & Minerals (Adventure Quick Guides) Spiral-bound – September 12, 2017 by Dan R. Lynch

 

Colorado

Gem Trails of Colorado James R. Mitchell / Paperback / Published 2008

Colorado Rocks & Minerals: A Field Guide to the Centennial State (Rocks & Minerals Identification Guides) Paperback – November 2, 2010

Rockhounding Colorado: A Guide to the State's Best Rockhounding Sites (Rockhounding Series) Third Edition 2017 by William A. Kappele

 

Idaho

Rockhounding Idaho by Portland Oregon author Garret Romaine. All of the sites in this book are featured in my OreRockOn Rockhounding guide!

Rockhounding Idaho PRE-ORDER the 2nd edition due May 2020! by Portland Oregon author Garret Romaine. All of the sites in this book will be featured in my next OreRockOn Rockhounding guide edition!

Gem Trails of Idaho & Western Montana by Idaho author Lanny Ream. All of the sites in this book are featured in my OreRockOn Rockhounding guide!

Idaho Minerals: The Complete Reference and Guide to the Minerals of Idaho 2nd Edition, Revised and Update by Lanny Ream (Paperback - Sep 2004) - I can't say enough about this book, if you like minerals, it's mandatory!

 

Minnesota

Minnesota Rocks & Minerals: A Field Guide to the Land of 10,000 Lakes (Rocks & Minerals Identification Guides) Paperback – July 20, 2011 by Dan R. Lynch

Montana

Just get these you'll thank me later :)

Rockhounding Montana by Montana Hodges. All of the sites in this book are featured in my OreRockOn Rockhounding guide!

Gem Trails of Idaho & Western Montana by Idaho Author Lanny Ream. All of the sites in this book are featured in my OreRockOn Rockhounding guide!

 

New Mexico

Rockhounding New Mexico: A Guide To 140 Of The State's Best Rockhounding Sites (Rockhounding Series) Paperback – October 14, 2008 by Martin Freed

New Mexico Rocks & Minerals: A Field Guide to the Land of Enchantment (Rocks & Minerals Identification Guides) Paperback – January 29, 2014 by Dan R. Lynch

Gem Trails of New Mexico Ninth Revised Edition by James. R. Mitchell

New Mexico Rocks and Minerals (Rock Collecting) Paperback – July 15, 2007

 

Nevada

Gem Trails of Nevada Paperback – August 1, 2002 by James R. Mitchell

Rockhounding Nevada: A Guide to The State's Best Rockhounding Sites (Rockhounding Series) by William A. Kappele and Gary Warren | Sep 17, 2019

 

New York

Rockhounding New York: A Guide To The State's Best Rockhounding Sites (Rockhounding Series) Paperback – February 18, 2014 by Robert Beard

 

North Carolina

Rock, Gem, and Mineral Collecting Sites in Western North Carolina Paperback – April 18, 2005 by Rick Jacquot

A Rockhounding Guide to North Carolina's Blue Ridge Mountains by Michael Streeter | Apr 1, 2003

 

Oregon

Gem Trails of Oregon By Portland Oregon author Garret Romaine 2008. All of the sites in this book are featured in my OreRockOn Rockhounding guide!

Rockhounding Oregon by Portland Oregon author Lars Johnson. All of the sites in this book are featured in my OreRockOn Rockhounding guide!

These are fairly outdated and can be hard to find but have good ideas for exploring and some sites are still worthwhile

Crystals and minerals: A family field collecting guide for northwestern Oregon and southwestern Washington by Jon Gladwell (Unknown Binding - 1989)  

Crystals and Minerals, Volume II (A Family Field Collecting Guide for Northwestern Oregon and Southwestern Washington) by Jon Gladwell (Spiral-bound - 1991)

Crystals and Minerals, Volume III (A Family Field Collecting Guide for Northwestern Oregon and Southwestern Washington) by Jon Gladwell (Spiral-bound - 1994)

 

Pennsylvania & New Jersey

Gem Trails of Pennsylvania and New Jersey 2nd Edition by Scott Stepanski

Rockhounding Pennsylvania and New Jersey: A Guide To The States' Best Rockhounding Sites (Rockhounding Series) by Robert Beard | Jan 1, 2013

 

Texas

Gem Trails of Texas by Brad L. Cross and Nancy Fox | Dec 27, 2011 (this is a ridiculous price do a search)

 

Utah

Gem Trails of Utah Paperback – February 21, 2007 by James R. Mitchell

Rockhounding Utah: A Guide To The State's Best Rockhounding Sites (Rockhounding Series) Paperback – February 1, 2014 by William A. Kappele

 

Virginia

Rockhounding Virginia: A Guide to the State’s Best Rockhounding Sites (Rockhounding Series) Paperback – May 15, 2017 by Robert Beard

 

Wyoming

Gems, Minerals & Rocks of Wyoming: A Guide for Rock Hounds, Prospectors & Collectors Paperback – January 13, 2009 by W. Dan Hausel

Rockhounding Wyoming: A Guide to the State's Best Rockhounding Sites 2nd Edition 2017 by Kenneth Graham

 

Washington

Rockhound's Guide to Washington by Bob Jackson (Paperback - May 1985) - Outdated but still a very good read This is an insane price do a search you might hit one.

The Rockhound's Guide to Washington, Volume II by Bob and Kay Jackson (Paperback - 1975) - Ditto

The Rockhound's Guide to Washington (III) by Bob Jackson (Paperback - 1978) - Ditto

Gems & Minerals of Washington (Paperback) by Lanny R. Ream 2002 edition

Gem Stones In Washington by Washington Geological Survey and Kerby Jackson | Dec 23, 2014

Gem Trails of Washington By Portland Oregon author Garret Romaine (make sure you get the second edition) All of the sites in this book are featured in my OreRockOn Rockhounding guide!

Rockhounding Washington By Portland Oregon author Lars Johnson. All of the sites in this book are featured in my OreRockOn Rockhounding guide!

 

Canada - British Columbia

A Field Guide to Gold, Gemstone and Mineral Sites of British Columbia Vol. 1: Vancouver Island (A Field Guide to Gold Gemstone & Mineral Sites of British Columbia) by Rick Hudson | Jul 22, 2008 - Good guide!

Gem Trails of British Columbia Paperback – May 1, 2013 by Cam Bacon I have the previous version, it's pretty good.

West Coast Fossils: A Guide to the Ancient Life of Vancouver Island Paperback – January 1, 1998 - Nice guide, I have been to some of these sites

A Field Guide to Gold, Gemstone and Mineral Sites of British Columbia: Volume 2: Sites within a Day's Drive of Vancouver by Richard Hudson and Rick Hudson (Paperback - 2006) - I have this, a very good guide!

 

DeLorme Atlases by State

Oregon Atlas and Gazetteer

Washington Atlas & Gazetteer

Idaho Atlas & Gazetteer

Montana Atlas & Gazetteer

Wyoming Atlas & Gazetteer

Nevada Atlas and Gazetteer

Utah Atlas & Gazetteer

Arizona Atlas & Gazetteer

New Mexico Atlas & Gazetteer

Northern California Atlas & Gazetteer

Southern California Atlas and Gazetteer

 

Regional and Other Guides

Rocks, Gems, and Minerals of the Southwest (Falcon Pocket Guides) Paperback – January 14, 2014 by Portland Oregon author extraordinaire Garret Romaine!

Rocks & Minerals of the Pacific Coast: Your Way to Easily Identify Rocks & Minerals (Adventure Quick Guides) Spiral-bound – April 17, 2018 by Dan R. Lynch

Rocks, Gems, and Minerals of the Rocky Mountains (Falcon Pocket Guides) Paperback – October 7, 2014 by Portland Oregon author extraordinaire

Rockhounding New England: A Guide To 100 Of The Region's Best Rockhounding Sites (Rockhounding Series) by Peter Cristofono | Apr 15, 2014

Rockhounding Delaware, Maryland, and the Washington, DC Metro Area: A Guide to the Areas' Best Rockhounding Sites (Rockhounding Series) Paperback – June 1, 2015 by Robert Beard

Southeast Treasure Hunter's Gem & Mineral Guide: Where & How to Dig, Pan and Mine Your Own Gems & Minerals Paperback – May 1, 2011 by Kathy J. Rygle

Rocks, Gems, and Minerals: A Falcon Field Guide by Portland OR local author GARRET ROMAINE (Paperback - Oct 2, 2012)

Fee Mining and Rockhounding Adventures in the West Paperback – July 7, 2007 by James Martin

Oregon State Parks: A Complete Recreation Guide by Jan Gumprecht Bannan (Paperback - Mar 2002)

Gems and Minerals of the Southwest (Wild West) by Jennifer Sano and Jeffrey A. Scovil (Paperback - Mar 10, 2009)

These "Treasure hunter's guides" are here so you can STAY AWAY from them! Read the reviews!

The Treasure Hunter's Gem & Mineral Guides to the U.S.A.: Where & How to Dig, Pan and Mine Your Own Gems & Minerals: Southeast States

The Treasure Hunter's Gem & Mineral Guides to the U.S.A.: Where & How to Dig, Pan and Mine Your Own Gems & Minerals: Southwest States

The Treasure Hunter's Gem & Mineral Guides to the U.S.A.: Where & How to Dig, Pan and Mine Your Own Gems & Minerals: Northwest States

The Treasure Hunter's Gem & Mineral Guides to the U.S.A.: Where & How to Dig, Pan and Mine Your Own Gems & Minerals: Northeast States

 

Petrified wood in the U.S.A: Where to collect it where to see it (A state -by-state field guide) by Arthur Manning - 2002

Collecting Agates and Jaspers of North America Paperback – December 9, 2013 by Patti Polk

Desert Gem Trails ~ Strong / Paperback / Published 1965

Lake Michigan Rock Picker's Guide by Bruce Mueller and Kevin Gauthier (Paperback - Jul 19, 2006)

Lake Superior Rock Picker's Guide by Kevin Gauthier and Bruce Mueller (Paperback - Jul 17, 2007)

Lake Superior Rocks & Minerals (Rocks & Minerals Identification Guides) Paperback – May 20, 2008

Rock Picker's Guide to Lake Superior's North Shore (North Woods Naturalist Guides) by Mark Sparky Stensaas and Rick Kollath (Paperback - Dec 1, 2003)

Lake Superior Rocks & Minerals: A Field Guide to the Lake Superior Area by Bob Lynch and Dan Lynch (Perfect Paperback - May 20, 2008)

Midwest Gem Fossil and Mineral Trails : Prairie States Zeitner / Paperback / Published 1989

Midwest Gem, Fossil and Mineral Trails : Great Lakes States June Culp Zeitner / Paperback / Published 1988

Petrified wood in the U.S.A: Where to collect it where to see it (A state -by-state field guide) by Arthur Manning - 2002

Rockhound Trails Jean Bartenbach / Published 1977

Rock and mineral collecting in Britain Peter Rowland Rodgers

Fee Mining and Rockhounding Adventures in the West James Martin Monaco, Jeannette Monaco

Earth Treasures Volume 1 : The Northeastern Quadrant Allan W. Eckert

Earth Treasures Volume 2 : The Southeastern Quadrant Allan W. Eckert

Earth Treasures Volume 3 : The Northwestern Quadrant Allan W. Eckert

Earth Treasures : The Southwestern Quadrant (Volume 4A) Allan W. Eckert


General Rockhounding

The Modern Rockhounding and Prospecting Handbook (Falcon Guides) Paperback – October 15, 2013 by local Portland author Garret Romaine!

Be Your Own Rock & Mineral Expert ~ Michele Pinet, Alain Korkos (Illustrator) / Hardcover / Published 1997

Collecting the Natural World : Legal Requirements & Personal Liability for Collecting Plants, Animals, Rocks, Minerals & Fossils - Donald Wolberg, Patsy Reinard / Paperback / Published 1997

Handbook of Crystal and Mineral Collecting William B. Sanborn / Paperback / Published 1987

Hoffman's Rockhound Guide : Includes How to Pan for Gold Charles Hoffman, et al / Paperback / Published 1997

Let's Go Rock Collecting (Let'S-Read-And-Find-Out Science. Stage 1) ~ Roma Gans, Holly Keller (Illustrator) / Paperback / Published 1997

Let's Go Rock Collecting (Let'S-Read-And-Find-Out Science. Stage 2) ~ Roma Gans, Holly Keller (Illustrator) / Library Binding / Published 1997

Holbrook and the Petrified Forest (AZ) (Images of America) by Catherine H. Ellis (Paperback - May 28, 2007)

Petrified Forest Humphrey Bogart / VHS Tape / Published 1997 Hey I know it's a movie! But it's a GOOD movie!

Petrified Forest National Park (True Book) ~ David Petersen, David Peterson / Paperback / Published 1997

Petrified Forest National Park : A Wilderness Bound in Time ~ George M. Lubick / Paperback / Published 1996

Petrified Forest Postcard Book ~ Paperback / Published 1995

Petrified Lightning : And More Amazing Stories from 'Our Fascinating Earth' Philip Seff, Nancy R. Seff / Paperback / Published 1996

Arizonas Petrified Forest Paperback / Published 1990

Petrified Forest : The Story Behind the Scenery Sidney Ash / Paperback / Published 1986

Petrified Forest National Park : A Wilderness Bound in Time George M. Lubick / Hardcover / Published 1996

The Petrified Forest Through the Ages : 75th Anniversary Symposium (Bulletin Series 54) Edwin H. Colbert, R. Roy Johnson / Paperback / Published 1985

Stalking the Past : Prehistory at Petrified Forest Anne Trinkle Jones / Paperback / Published 1993

Tapamveni : The Rock Art Galleries of Petrified Forest and Beyond Patricia McCreery, Ekkehart Malotki (Photographer) / Paperback / Published 1995 - if you have seen the Newspaper Rock petroglyphs from a distance here's your chance to see them up close :)

Rock Collecting P. Crosby / Published 1962

Rock collecting and making semi-precious jewellery: cutting and polishing gemstones R. H. Warring

Rock Hunters Guide : How to Find and Identify Collectible Rocks Russell P. MacFall / Published 1980

The Rock-Hound's Book Seymour. Simon / Published 1976

Rockhound's Handbook V.A. Firsoff / Published 1975

The Rockhound's Manual Gordon S. Fay / Published 1974

Rockhound and Prospector's Bible : A Reference and Study Guide to Rocks, Minerals, Gemstones and Prospecting L.J. Ettinger / Published 1993

The Young Rockhound's Handbook W. R. C. Shedenhelm / Published 1978

The Practical Geologist: The Introductory Guide to the Basics of Geology and to Collecting and Identifying Rocks by Dougal Dixon (Paperback - Aug 15, 1992)

 

Fossils and Fossil Collecting

 

Pacific Northwest Region

 

Common Fossil Plants of Western North America ~ William D. Tidwell / Paperback / Published 1998 I have this and I use it. If you want to positively ID your petrified wood and leaves, and are willing to put in a little work and some study time, this is invaluable. I'd say 90% of the wood and leaves I see are misidentified.

Fossil shells from Western Oregon: A guide to identification Ellen James Moore...I have this book and I use it often. Nice pictures for identification, very thorough, but little site information. Fortunately you can get a hundred or so sites from my OreRockOn Rockhounding Guide!

Oregon Fossils, Second Edition by Elizabeth L. Orr, William N. Orr I know the author and he is THE expert on fossils in Oregon. An excellent read!

Paleontology of the Green River Formation, With a Review of the Fish Fauna by Lance Grande | Jan 1, 1980 If you're into the fish fossils from Kemmerer WY this is an excellent resource to identifying them.

The Lost World of Fossil Lake: Snapshots from Deep Time by Lance Grande | Jun 14, 2013 And this one is much prettier :)

Fossils in Washington This is a dated but thorough guide to Washington fossils. Plus it's free!

Cruisin' the Fossil Coastline: The Travels of an Artist and a Scientist along the Shores of the Prehistoric Pacific by Kirk R. Johnson and Ray Troll | Sep 1, 2018 I know both Kirk and Ray and this is an insanely good regional reference and entertaining read.

Hell Creek, Montana: America's Key to the Prehistoric Past Kindle Edition by Dr. Lowell Dingus

Dinosaurs: Under the Big Sky by Jack Horner | Oct 1, 2001 Dr. Horner is a God among paleontologists

Easy Field Guide to Invertebrate Fossils of California by B. J. Tegowski | Dec 1, 1995

 

General Interest

101 American Fossil Sites You've Gotta See by Albert B Dickas | Mar 10, 2018

Cruisin' the Fossil Freeway: An Epoch Tale of a Scientist and an Artist on the Ultimate 5,000-Mile Paleo Road Trip by Kirk Johnson and Ray Troll | Oct 1, 2007 I know both Kirk and Ray and this is an insanely good and entertaining read.

Dinosaur Tracks and Other Fossil Footprints of the Western United States ~ Martin Lockley, et al / Hardcover / Published 1995

Dinosaurs: The Most Complete, Up-to-Date Encyclopedia for Dinosaur Lovers of All Ages by Dr. Thomas R. Holtz Jr. and Luis V. Rey | Oct 23, 2007

Discovering Fossil Fishes (Henry Holt Reference Book) ~ John G. Maisey, et al / Hardcover / Published 1996

Florissant Butterflies : A Guide to the Fossil and Present-Day Species of Central Colorado Thomas C. Emmel, et al / Paperback / Published 1992

Fossil Invertebrates Richard S. Boardman, et al / Hardcover / Published 1987

Fossil Vertebrates of Alabama John T., Thurmond / Hardcover / Published 1981

Fossil Invertebrates Ulrich Lehmann, G. Hillmer / Published 1983

Fossil and recent sponges

Fossil Sharks of the Chesapeake Bay Region Bretton W. Kent / Published 1994

Fossil Collecting in the Mid-Atlantic States : With Localities, Collecting Tips, and Illustrations of More Than 450 Fossil Specimens Jasper Burns / Paperback

Handbooks: Fossils: The Clearest Recognition Guide Available by David Ward | May 15, 2002

Illustrated Guide to Fossil Collecting Richard L. Casanova, Ronald Paul Ratkevich / Paperback

Living and fossil brachiopods M. J. S. Rudwick

National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Fossils Flexibound – October 12, 1982 by Ida Thompson

Old Bones and Serpent Stones : A Guide to Interpreted Fossil Localities in Eastern Canada and the United States (Guides to the American Landscape) Vol 1 Theresa Skwara / Paperback / Published 1997

Peterson First Guide to Shells of North America by Roger Tory Peterson, Jackie Leatherbury Douglass , et al. | May 15, 1998

Old Bones and Serpent Stones : A Guide to Interpreted Fossil Localities in Canada and the United States : Western Sites Vol 2 T. Skwara / Paperback / Published 1992

Richardson's Guide to the Fossil Fauna of Mazon Creek Andrew A. Hay (Editor) / Hardcover / Published 1997

Sabretooth cats and imperial mammoths : a guidebook to fossil hunting in southern California J. R. Macdonald

The collector's guide to fossil sharks and rays from the Cretaceous of Texas Bruce J. Welton

The fossil flora of the Drywood Formation southwestern Missouri Philip W. Basson

The Fossils of the Burgess Shale ~  Douglas H. Erwin, et al / Hardcover / Published 1994

The World Encyclopedia of Fossils & Fossil-Collecting:: An Illustrated Reference Guide To Over 375 Plant And Animal Fossils From Around The Globe by Steve Parker | Nov 7, 2014

There are about a zillion excellent fossil references on Amazon. Search for something, it's likely you'll find at least something relevant!

 

Geology

Pacific Northwest

In Search of Ancient Oregon: A Geological and Natural History by Ellen Morris Bishop Ms. Bishop is an excellent photographer ands storyteller. Well worth the read.

Oregon Geology Sixth edition Edition by Elizabeth L. Orr, William N. Orr I know the author and he is THE expert on all things Oregon.

Hiking Oregon's Geology by John Eliot Allen and Ellen Morris Bishop

Living with Thunder: Exploring the Geologic Past, Present, and Future of Pacific Northwest Landscapes by Ellen Morris Bishop | Nov 1, 2014

Northwest Exposures: A Geologic Story of the Northwest by David Alt and Donald W. Hyndman | Oct 1, 1995

Geology Underfoot in Western Washington by Dave Tucker | Aug 1, 2015

Washington Rocks! (Geology Rocks!) by Eugene Kiver, Chad Pritchard, et al. | Apr 15, 2016 This is a damn good book I wish we had one for Oregon.

Hiking Guide to Washington Geology by Bob Carson, Scott Babcock, et al. | Oct 1, 2009

The Geology of Washington and Beyond: From Laurentia to Cascadia by Eric Swenson Cheney | May 13, 2016

Cataclysms on the Columbia: The Great Missoula Floods (OpenBook) by John Eliot Allen , Marjorie Burns, et al. | Nov 1, 2009

IDAHO GEOLOGY [Print Replica] Kindle Edition by Terry Maley

Geology Underfoot in Southern Idaho 1st Edition by Shawn Willsey

Exploring Idaho Geology by Terry S. Maley and Terry Maley | Mar 13, 2019

Idaho Echoes in Time: Traveling Idaho's History and Geology : Stories, Directions, Maps, and More by R. G. Robertson and Karen A. Robertson | May 1, 1998

Geology of the Bitterroot and Clearwater Mountains of Idaho and Montana by United States Geological Survey and Kerby Jackson | Oct 16, 2015

The Geology and Mines of Northern Idaho and North Western Montana by US Department of Interior and Kerby Jackson | Oct 13, 2014

California Rocks!: A Guide To Geologic Sites in the Golden State by Katherine J Baylor | Jun 15, 2010

Geology Hikes of Northern California by Robin C. Johnson and Dot Lofstrom | Jun 6, 2018

Geology of the San Francisco Bay Region (Volume 79) (California Natural History Guides) Geology of the San Francisco Bay Region (Volume 79) (California Natural History Guides) by Doris Sloan and John Karachewski | Jun 27, 2006

California's Amazing Geology by Donald R. Prothero | Dec 2, 2016

 

Everyone Should Have One of These in the Car!

Roadside Geology of Alaska (Roadside Geology Series) ~ Cathy Connor, Daniel O'Haire / Paperback / Published 1988

Roadside Geology of Arizona (Roadside Geology Series) ~ Halka Chronic / Paperback / Published 1986

Roadside Geology of Colorado (Roadside Geology Series) ~ Halka Chronic / Paperback / Published 1986

Roadside Geology of Hawai'I (Roadside Geology Series) ~ Richard W. Hazlett, Donald W. Hyndman / Paperback / Published 1996

Roadside Geology of Idaho (Roadside Geology Series) ~ Donald W. Hyndman, David D. Alt / Paperback / Published 1989

Roadside Kansas : A Traveler's Guide to Its Geology and Landmarks ~ Rex C. Buchanan, James R. McCauley / Paperback / Published 1987

Roadside Geology of Louisiana (Roadside Geology Series) ~Darwin Spearing / Paperback / Published 1995

Roadside Geology of Maine (Roadside Geology Series) - D. W. Caldwell / Paperback / Published 1998

Roadside Geology of Montana (Roadside Geology Series) ~ Donald W. Hyndman, David D. Alt / Paperback / Published 1986

Roadside Geology of New Mexico (Roadside Geology Series) ~ Halka Chronic / Paperback / Published 1987

Roadside Geology of Northern California (Roadside Geology Series) ~ David D. Alt, Donald Hyndman / Paperback / Published 1986

Roadside Geology of Northern and Central California by David Alt, Donald W. Hyndman, et al. | Oct 15, 2016

Roadside Geology of Oregon (Roadside Geology Series) 2nd Edition by Marli B. Miller This has been updated and is VERY good.

Roadside Geology of Pennsylvania (Roadside Geology Series) - Bradford B. Van Diver / Published 1990

Roadside Geology of South Dakota (Roadside Geology Series) ~ John Paul Gries / Paperback / Published 1996

Roadside Geology of Southern California by Arthur Gibbs Sylvester and Elizabeth O'Black Gans | Feb 15, 2016

Roadside Geology of Texas (Roadside Geology Series) ~ Darwin Spearing / Paperback / Published 1991

Roadside Geology of Utah (Roadside Geology Series) ~ Halka Chronic / Paperback / Published 1990

Roadside Geology of Vermont and New Hampshire (Roadside Geology Series) ~ Bradford B. Van Diver / Paperback / Published 1987

Roadside Geology of Virginia (Roadside Geology Series) ~ Keith Frye / Paperback / Published 1986

Roadside Geology of Washington (Roadside Geology Series) ~David D. Alt, Donald W. Hyndman / Paperback / Published 1986

Roadside Geology of Wyoming (Roadside Geology Series) ~ Darwin R. Spearing, David R. Lageson / Paperback / Published 1988

Roadside Geology of the Yellowstone Country (Roadside Geology Series) ~ William J. Fritz / Paperback / Published 1986

A Roadside Guide to the Geology of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park ~ Harry L. Moore / Paperback / Published 1988

Roadside Geology of New York (Roadside Geology Series) - Bradford Van Diver / Paperback / Published 1985

Roadside Geology of Ontario: North Shore of Lake Superior (Rock on Series 2) - E.G. Pye / Spiral-bound / Published 1997

Roadside Geology of U S Interstate 80 Between Salt Lake City and San Francisco - Kenneth Hamblin / Paperback / Published 1975

Roadside Geology of the Northern Rockies - David D. Alt / Published 1972

 

Lapidary

 

The amateur lapidary: a practical guide to cutting and polishing semi-precious stones and pebbles - Reginald Arthur Jerrard

American Lapidary: Designing The Carved Gemstone - Henry Hunt / Paperback / Published 1997

Art of Gem Cutting - Henry Dake / Paperback / Published 1985

Creating Lapidary Art: Working With Gemstones Vol 1 - Olive M. Colhour / Paperback / Published 1998

The Creative Lapidary : Materials, Tools, Techniques, Design - Frank W. Long / Published 1977

Cutting and Setting Stones - Herbert. Scarfe / Published 1972

Discovering lapidary work - John Wainwright

Gem and Lapidary Materials : For Cutters, Collectors, and Jewelers - June Culp Zeitner / Paperback / Published 1996

Gem Cutter's Handbook : Cabochon Cutting ~Jack R. Cox / Paperback / Published 1986

Gem Cutter's Handbook : Advanced Cabochon Cutting - Jack Cox / Published 1985

Gem Cutting Is Easy - Martin Walter / Published 1972

Gemcraft - Quick / Published 1977

Gemcutting : A Lapidary Handbook - Edward Smith, April Schromm / Published 1980

Gemstone and Mineral Data Book : A Compilation of Data,Recipes,Formulas and Instructions for the Mineralogist,Gemologist,Lapidary,Jeweler,Craftsman a - John Sinkankas / Published 1994

Gemstone Carving - Martin. Walter / Published 1977

Hand Lapidary Craft - Graham Geldart / Published 1980

Introduction to Lapidary ~ Pansy D. Kraus / Paperback / Published 1987

Lapidary - Rosamund Stanhope

Lapidary for Beginners - Edward Fletcher / Published 1984

Lapidary for Pleasure and Profit - Eric. Shore / Published 1978

Lapidary Journal Index 1947-1991 - Weiman / Hardcover / Published 1992

The lapidary manual - Herbert Scarfe

Make Your Own Gemstone Jewelry - Howard. Hutchison / Published 1981

Master Gem Cutting Tips - Gerald L. Wykoff / Paperback / Published 1993

Master Keys for Making Profits in Lapidary : A Complete Guide of Practical Tips and Methods That Can Help Hobbyists and Professionals Realize a Splendid... - Gerald L. Wykoff / Paperback / Published 1994

Practical Gemstone Craft - Helen. Hutton / Published 1972

Rock collecting and making semi-precious jewellery: cutting and polishing gemstones - R. H. Warring

Stone Grinding and Polishing - David F. Olson / Published 1974

Techniques of Gem Cutting : A Lapidary Manual - Herbert. Scarfe / Published 1976

Working With Gemstones - Valdemar Axel. Firsoff / Published 1974

 

Semi-Precious Stones and Gemstones

Agates: Treasures of the Earth by Roger Pabian, Brian Jackson, Peter Tandy, and John Cromartie (Hardcover - Oct 9, 2006) - Roger has a great website & knows all there is to know about agate!

The Allure of Turquoise ~ Mark Nohl (Editor), et al / Paperback / Published 1996

The Amber Book ~ Ake Dahlstrom, et al / Hardcover / Published 1997

Beyond the Glitter : Everything You Need to Know to Buy, Sell, Care For, and Wear Gems and Jewelry Wisely - Gerald L. Wykoff / Published 1989

Gems and Jewelry Appraising; Techniques of Professional Practice ~ Anna M. Miller / Hardcover / Published 1988

Gemstones of Afghanistan ~ Gary W. Bowersox, et al / Hardcover / Published 1995

Guide in Color to Precious and Semiprecious Stones - Jaroslav Bauer / Hardcover / Published 1992

Finding and Preparing Precious and Semiprecious Stones - James A. Peterson / Published 1974

The Lake Superior Agate Scott F. Wolter / Paperback / Published 1996

Ancient Forests: A Closer Look at Fossil Wood by Frank J. Daniels and Richard D. Dayvault (Hardcover - May 1, 2006) - DITTO!

Rainbow Obsidian - Phillips Wray Kloss / Hardcover / Published 1985

Riches of the Earth : Ornamental and Semiprecious Stones Frank J. Anderson / Published 1982

Story of Gems and Semiprecious Stones Pough / Published 2000

 

Eye Candy

The best of these are difficult or near impossible to find, and if you do find one they sell for big money. I have a few of them and they are beautiful, thorough, coffee table books.

Within the Stone by Bill Atkinson, Si Frazier, Ann Frazier, and Robert Hutchinson (Hardcover - April 2004) - Amazing closeup photos!

Petrified Wood: The World of Fossilized Wood, Cones, Ferns, and Cycads by Frank J. Daniels, Brooks B. Britt, and Richard D. Dayvault (Hardcover - Sep 1, 1998) - VERY NICE and very thorough.

AGATES Paperback – 2005 by JOHANN ZENZ

AGATES II by Johann Zenz | Jan 1, 2009 - I have this and it's amazing.

AGATES III by Johann Zenz

Agates of Lake Superior: Stunning Varieties and How They Are Formed Paperback – May 22, 2012 by Bob Lynch

The Storied Agate: 100 Unique Lake Superior Agates Paperback – April 4, 2011 by James Magnuson

The Fairburn Agate of the Black Hills: 100 Unique Storied Agates by James Magnuson | May 9, 2012

Picture Jaspers from the Northwest Paperback – Unabridged, 2015 by Hans Gamma (Author), Lauritz A. Jensen (Author) Gorgeous and thorough, there are photos of some of my specimens in here ;) Hans' books are hard to find but all are beautiful. You may be able to get this from Hans' website.

Picture Jaspers Treasures of the Owyhee Area Oregon I don't have a clue where to get this. I have it and if you're addicted to picture jaspers like me it's an incredible reference for identifying even the most obscure varieties!

WORLD OF JASPERS Hans Gamma's website - outstanding photos

Jaspers and Agates from the California Coast Ranges 2019 by Hans Gamma

Dryhead Agate Perfect Paperback – June 1, 2012

The Many Faces of Montana Agate Collections

River Runs North: A Story of Montana Moss Agate

The Wonder of North American Agates by Dan R. Lynch, Bob Lynch(July 1, 2013) Paperback by Bob Lynch Dan R. Lynch

Geodes and Thundereggs in Rhyolite by Dr. Peter Woerner | Jan 1, 2010 Peter is a close friend and his book, which you probably can't find online, is THE reference for thundereggs from all over the world. Hundreds of photos of some of the best thundereggs there are.

The Formation of Thundereggs (Lithophysae) Plastic Comb – 2010 by Robert Colburn More or less impossible to find for any reasonable price, but I have a PDF copy. Email me if you want one!

 

Opal!

Opals (Fred Ward Gem Book) by Fred Ward (Paperback - Sep 10, 2000) - VERY nice coffee table book

Andamooka opal - Alan Osterstock

Australian precious opal - Archie Kalokerinos

A guide to Australian precious opal - Douglas M. Stone

Opal, South Australia's gemstone Opals (Ward, Fred, Gem Book Series.) ~Fred Ward, Charlotte Ward / Paperback / Published 1997

Opal Adventures - Paul B. Downing / Hardcover / Published 1993

Opal Cutting Made Easy - Paul B. Downing / Paperback / Published 1993

Opal Identification and Value - Paul B. Downing / Hardcover / Published 1992

The World of Opals ~ Allan W. Eckert / Hardcover / Published 1997 - I love this book!

 

Gemstones

Gem Identification Made Easy : A Hands-On Guide to More Confident Buying and Selling - Antoinette Leonard Matlins, Antonio C. Bonanno / Published 1989

Gemstone Buying Guide : A Guide to Buying - Renee Newman / Paperback / Published 1998

The Gemstone Identifier - Walter W. Greenbaum / Published 1988

Hidden Beauty : The Art of Gemstone Photography - Ruth A. Stennett / Published 1994

Michael's Gemstone Dictionary - Judithann David / Published 1990

Photographing Minerals, Fossils, and Lapidary Materials ~Jeffrey A. Scovil / Paperback / Published 1996 I have this and is not an entry level book, you need to be a pretty advanced photographer. Still it answered a lot of my questions. Jeffrey is practically a god among mineral folks :)

 

Minerals and Mineral Collecting

1001 Questions Answered About the Mineral Kingdom ~ Richard Maxwell Pearl / Paperback / Published 1995

An Introduction to Mineral Sciences ~ Andrew Putnis / Paperback / Published 1992

Familiar Rocks and Minerals North America (Audubon Society Pocket Guides) ~  Charles W. Chesterman / Paperback / Published 1988

National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Rocks and Minerals ~ Charles Wesley Chesterman / Hardcover / Published 1979

Collecting Australian gemstones Bill James

The Collector's Guide to Rocks and Minerals James R. Tindall, Roger Thornhill / Published 1977

Gems and Minerals of America; A Guide to Rock Collecting Jay Ellis, Ransom / Published 1974

Gemstones and Minerals : A Guide for the Amateur Collector and Cutter Paul Villiard / Published 1974

Gemstones of New South Wales; how and where to find them Norm Campbell

Minerals and Gems : A Color Treasury for Collectors and Guide to Hunting Locations 1975]Qe363 New York : Crowell / Published 1975

The Rock-Hound's Book Seymour. Simon / Published 1976

Rocks and Minerals of the Western United States Elsie V. Hanauer / Published 1976

Spotter's Guide to Rocks and Minerals Alan Robert Woolley, Sue Jacquemier / Published 1979

Start Collecting Rocks and Minerals /Includes Rocks (A Running Press Collector Book) Leeann Srogi / Published 1989

Peterson First Guide to Rocks and Minerals ~ Frederick H. Pough, Roger Tory Peterson / Paperback / Published 1991

Rocks and Minerals (Field Guide and Introduction to the Geology and Chemistry Of) ~ Charles A. Sorrell / Paperback / Published 1978

Rocks and Minerals (MacMillan Field Guide) ~Pat Bell, David Wright / Paperback / Published 1985

Rocks & Minerals (Dorling Kindersley Handbooks) ~ Chris Pellant, et al / Paperback / Published 2000

Minerals & gemstones : an identification guide G. Brocardo

Minerals and rocks : a pocket identification guide Albert Streckeisen

The Rock-Hunter's Field Manual; A Guide to Identification of Rocks and Minerals D. K. Fritzen / Published 2000

Rocks and Minerals Joel Arem / Published 1994

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