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August 22, 2003
6:00a.m., an up-draft moment: A flock of honking geese take-off in unison out of the bulrushes and fly away in perfect V formation.

While browsing through local geology and rockhound books, I found mention of an old amethyst mine northwest of Mr.Charleston. Also found in So.Nevada are: gold, lead, turquoise, lavender and pale-blue chalcedony, green jasper, apache tear, pumice, blue-gray quartz, phyllite, marble, selenite, petrified wood, and fossil remains of pelecypods, trilobites and echinoderms. In spite of there being several gypsum quarries in So.Nevada, eyes glaze over when I inquire about alabaster. This doesn't make sense so the quest continues.