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Mike Rhea

I'm a professional Geologist with a passion for rocks, minerals, and everything related to Geology. I enjoy collecting and tumbling rocks with my daughter and traveling the world with my wife seeing geologic wonders. I have traveled all over the U.S. and the world exploring nature and checking out cool geology wherever I can find it. This site is devoted to sharing my love of geology with you - I hope you enjoy it!

Delaware Rockhounding Location Guide & Map

If you’re hoping to do some rockhounding in Delaware, chances are you have felt some frustration with the apparent lack of cool rocks and minerals to be found and places to search. The truth is, Delaware isn’t well known for its rockhounding, and that’s not without reason. Beyond its relatively small size, most of the …

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Maryland Rockhounding Location Guide & Map

Maryland is a pretty unique state for rockhounding. While you can’t find the types of rocks and gemstones that typically attract rock collectors, there is more than enough high-quality material here to keep a rockhound busy for quite a while Rockhounds in Maryland will probably be most interested in the gem-grade varieties of serpentine that …

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West Virginia Rockhounding Location Guide & Map

Whether you’re new to rockhounding in West Virginia or you’re just looking for some new locations to search, I’ve put this guide together for you so that you’ll feel confident knowing where to look and what you can find. West Virginia is world-famous for its coal mining, but there is much more to the regional …

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North Dakota Rockhounding Location Guide & Map

When it comes to rockhounding, North Dakota is often overlooked for its neighboring states, but it has a lot of potential for any collectors looking to get out and do some searching. The relatively tame surface geology of the state doesn’t lend itself to a wide variety of rocks and minerals, but those that are …

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Virginia Rockhounding Location Guide & Map

If you’re in Viginia and looking to do some rockhounding, you will be delighted to learn that it is a fantastic state for rock and mineral collecting. The varied topography and complicated geology of the state makes for a wide variety of interesting rocks and minerals to be collected and no shortage of places to …

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Montana Rockhounding Location Guide & Map

Montana is definitely on the shortlist of must-visit states for rock and mineral collectors. The expansive and impressive landscape promises an adventure wherever you go, so it’s no wonder that rockhounding is an extremely popular hobby here. The geology of Montana is dominated by relatively recent volcanic activity in the west, which is largely responsible …

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Wyoming Rockhounding Location Guide & Map

Rockhounding in Wyoming is a great way to get out and enjoy the state’s expansive landscapes and beautifully unique terrain. Wyoming happens to be among the best states in the entire country for rockhounding thanks to the sheer volume of prospective collecting sites and the impressive array of rocks and minerals to be found. Wyoming …

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North Carolina Rockhounding Location Guide & Map

North Carolina is, without question, one of the premier rockhounding destinations in the entire world. The rocks, minerals, and gemstones produced here are virtually unrivaled by anywhere else in the United States. Once the site of an early gold rush, North Carolina quickly become even more famous for the incredibly abundant and diverse gems and …

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South Carolina Rockhounding Location Guide & Map

If you’re looking to do some rockhounding in South Carolina, you’re in for a great time! While often overlooked by the rockhounding community for its neighbor to the north, South Carolina is home to countless fantastic rockhounding sites and a wide variety of rocks and minerals. It is probably most famous for its high-quality amethyst …

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