This Planet Really Rocks!
Hi! My name is Ryan and I am eleven years old. I am in the sixth grade at Vidor Middle School. I started rock collecting at the ripe young age of seven. My Grandma bought me a special crystal that set me on my rockhounding adventures. I have been to South Dakota, Oregon, and Arizona looking for rocks. My mom has even been to France and brought me back many rocks to add to my more than 200 rocks in my collection.
I keep my rocks just about everywhere. I keep then in my room on shelves, in display cases, and even outside in my rock garden. The best thing about rock collecting is that it is a very good hobby. It doesn't turn you into a couch potato. Most importantly, it's fun! Some rocks are valuable and hard to find. That is why I think it will be a lifelong hobby for me.
Now if you want to look for rocks and minerals, you must have the right tools. If you don't already have some of these things around your house, you should be able to buy them at your local hardware store or from a rock and mineral dealer.
Now that you have all the right tools to get started rock hunting,
you are probably asking yourself "where should I look for specimens?"
Look for areas where there is exposed rock. Along stream beds, hillside
ledges, and road cuts are good places to begin your rockhounding
adventures. If you know that you will be collecting on someone's private
property, ask their permission first. ALWAYS take along a friend. Let
your family know where you will be exploring. BE CAREFUL!
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