Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Mystery Rock found on the South Coast

Brecciated Jasper
This is a very unique and colorful piece Tyler found which looks like a quilt with all of the broken fragments of the colorful fancy jaspers which have been re-cemented by the white agate which is natures way of gluing the Brecciated  (meaning broken) Jasper back together.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Fossil Fest, Saturday, February 9, 2013 At the Hatfield Marine Science Center

"Acorn" Barnacle
"This is a barnacle fossil.  Bring it to Fossil Fest if you will. I'd like to look at it. Living goose-neck barnacles have triangular plates that are loosely articulated and they disperse when the animals die. This is what is referred to as a "acorn" barnacle where the little plates are quite thick and well cemented together so they tend to stay in one piece after death. The radially arranged septa like plates inside the body are also typical." Bill Orr, author of Oregon Fossils.

Nick of Florence Oregon was nice enough to share this great fossil with all of us during the Yachats Agate Festival.  It is a very impressive specimen and is in incredible condition.  Thank you again Nick for sharing this with us.

13th annual Fossil Fest, Saturday, February 9, 2013 | at the Hatfield Marine Science Center Visitor Center, South Beach in Newport, OR.   Want to identify that unique beach find? Get an up-close look at some exciting fossils and the scientists who work with them.  Bring in your own fossils or other beach finds for identification by Oregon's preeminent paleontologist, Dr. William Orr and members of the North American Research Group to talk and or identify your finds.  Enjoy activities from 10 am to 4 pm, including a fossil swap and a 1:30 pm talk by Dr. Orr on "The Fossil Record of the Earliest Life on Earth".

Editors note:  Thank you both for sharing this with all of us.

Agate as big as Mick Jagger lips

Stella, of Yachats found this agate while beachcombing at Nye Beach!

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

2nd Annual Yachats Agate Festival This Weekend

Sheri of Waldport found these nice fossils
Join us this Saturday and Sunday, January 19th and 20th from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. for the 2nd annual Yachats Agate Festival at the Yachats Commons. This free event will feature spectacular displays as well as family friendly learning opportunities for all ages. 

FACETS Gem & Mineral Gallery will have K.T. Myers the author of the Pocket Guide Agates of the Oregon Coast there with the books, plus locally made agate jewelry and more. 

< - - Beachcomber Sheri of Waldport, will be speaking and sharing some of her tips to successful beachcombing on the Central Oregon Coast. 

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Incredible Fortification Agate Just Found...

Photo shows front and back views
This beauty, weighing over 1/3 of a pound was found by Tracy of Portland, OR while visiting here with her family on the central coast.  Check back next month as we will update this later by adding a photo of it polished up revealing whether it is a fancy blue or fancy blue/black agate. Terrific find there Tracy!

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Today's Trophy Agates found on the Oregon Coast

Our lucky guest Theresa and Peter of Lynden, WA found these beautiful agates while visiting  here on the central Oregon coast for the New Year.  The largest, a geode over 3" wide weighed almost a pound, the lower sard agate  weighed over ¼ pound.  All three of these agates are beautifully lined with drusy quartz crystals.  Nice finds there folks, happy hunting to all of you and stay safe.