Rock Hounding: Seeking Earthly Treasures

The disease strikes when least expected. You’re out for a hike and something on the path catches your eye. You see a small fossil, a shiny stone or a glimmering crystal and, naturally, you pick it up. Soon, the ground becomes a treasure trove of things to be looked at, turned over, scrutinized and pocketed. Once this happens, there’s no turning back. Rock-hound fever has struck. For inveterate hikers and trekkers who explore...

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