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3 Favorite Places To Find Agates
Willamette River ~This River flows North over 300 Miles, that begins its path with snow melt from the Cascade Mountains southeast of Eugene and flows North to Portland, Oregon meeting the Columbia River. You can also find Arrowheads, and fossils during this 300 mile journey.
Ona Beach. This beach can be easily googled for its a State Park and is 8 miles south of Newport, Oregon. You can find Agates and the Surf is amazing.
Moolack Beach. This Beach is located off Hwy 101 in Newport, Oregon approximately 4 miles north of Newport, Oregon. I find the most Agates and the best part is it's easy to find 20 million year old imprint fossils of ancient snails and clams! Many streams flow into the Pacific Ocean along these beaches and Ocean Blue is always full of smiles to be able to visit this section of the Oregon Coast. Read More at www.oceanblueproject.org Read more about Thunder Eggs:
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What Are Agates?
Agates are the rocks you find on beaches or in the mix of rocks of a river that are polished like or translucent type of rock.
Typically Agates are formed by deposits of silica from groundwater in cavities of igneous rocks and the State of Oregon is full of over the top amazing Agates that can be discovered by even small children.
While Agates can form in many varieties of host rock, much of the agate’s we see today have their roots in ancient volcanic lava. Agates are secondary deposits that are housed in hollow cavities known as vesicles.
The formation of hollows and cavities can be traced back to the formation of continents. Layers of molten lava were forced towards the surface of the earth. This lava contained trapped gasses. As the igneous rocks cooled and hardened, the gases escaped through cracks, leaving behind hollows.
The empty cavities are gradually filled with fluid rich in suspended or dissolved quartz (silica) as well as other minerals such as morganite. Super-saturation of silica creates an active crystallization front due to the formation of a gelatin-like consistency. As time progresses, miniature fibrous micro crystals attach themselves to the sides of the seam. The varying mineral impurities form contrasting bands in the agates. A balance between the silica and mineral impurities results in the formation of agates with alternating bands.
During the winter months the heavy rain will uncover so many rocks on the Oregon Coast. In the1930s to the 1950s, a particular form of agate, known as a sagenite agate, was considered valuable. The name came from the agate being made from silica and today is know as a agate. Agates look best when wet and while you are looking around keep your eye open for Jasper and chert because agates and jasper will have a conchoidal fracture.
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In the ancient times, the Arabs and Persians set agate on their rings. These agates carried carvings of Koran verse or some symbolic figure, which the people believed would save them from hazards. Agates seem to have some specific significance associated with the 12th and 14th wedding anniversaries.
Agates of different colors seem to have association with various physical and mental properties. Every color of agate has certain features and hence those who wear agate, look out for the appropriate color to address their needs. This gemstone is considered to be a great gemstone are said to protect our mothers and children during pregnancy.
Just like their appearance appeals to the senses, their qualities appeal to the minds. It is hence no wonder that the popularity of agate is growing steadily with each day.
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