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$12.00 K300  This is a Mineral Collection Kit. Enclosed is 15 different identified specimens. They are, Amazonite, Quartz, Agate, Alabaster, fossiliferous Limestone, Fluorite, Gold Ore, Marble, Pyrite, Calcite, Jasper, Obsidian, Pumice, Copper Ore, Lava Rock, Selenite, Lepidolite and Variscite.  The kit comes with a write up about sedimentary, igneous and metamorphic rocks.  Each specimen comes in its own bag. This is a great learning  item for kids.

Mineral collection kit

Mineral Collection Kit

$8.00 K316b  This is something new in the Rock Shed's educational department.  Here is a nice arrangement of Rock and Mineral samples elegantly displayed inside a box. The items range from Sulfur to Rose Quartz to Pyrite to Feldspar. This is an excellent teaching tool to show the different rocks and minerals in their natural unaltered appearance.

This small arrangement has 15 different colorful specimens. Each specimen is securely glued to it's own individually labeled spot. The box measures 7 1/4" x 4 1/4" x nearly 1" deep.

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Small Rock & Mineral Display

$16.00 K317b  This is something new in the Rock Shed's educational department.  Here is a nice arrangement of Rock and Mineral samples elegantly displayed inside a box. The items range from Dolomite to Rose Quartz to Pyrite to Feldspar. This is an excellent teaching tool to show the different rocks and minerals in their natural unaltered appearance.

This medium sized arrangement has 35 different colorful specimens. Each specimen is securely glued to it's own individually labeled spot. This set also comes with a 16 page booklet as an introductory study guide. The box measures over 9 1/4" x 6 1/4" x over 1" deep.

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Medium Rock & Mineral Display

$24.00 K318b  This is something new in the Rock Shed's educational department.  Here is a nice arrangement of Rock and Mineral samples elegantly displayed inside a box. The items range from Dolomite to Rose Quartz to Pyrite to Feldspar. This makes an excellent teaching tool to show the different rocks and minerals in their natural unaltered appearance.

This larger sized arrangement has 50 different colorful specimens. Each specimen is securely glued to it's own individually labeled spot. This set also comes with a 16 page booklet as an introductory study guide. The box measures over 14 1/4" x 7 1/2" x 1 3/8" deep.

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Large Rock & Mineral Display

$52.00 K319b  This is something new in the Rock Shed's educational department.  Here is a nice arrangement of Rock and Mineral samples of the United States elegantly displayed inside a box. The items range from Native Copper to Kyanite to Rose Quartz to Pyrite to Feldspar. This makes an excellent teaching tool to show the different rocks and minerals in their natural unaltered appearance.

This arrangement has 100 different colorful specimens. Each specimen is securely glued to it's own individually labeled spot. This set also comes with a 16 page booklet as an introductory study guide. The box measures over 20" x 12 1/4" x nearly 1 1/8" deep.

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100 Rock & Mineral Display

$4.00 K320b This is an excellent educational kit of six different Sedimentary Rocks.  The kit contains specimens of Dolomite, Fossil Limestone, Conglomerate, Shale and Limestone.  Research the descriptions and identify them.  These stones will vary in size, shape and design.

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Sedimentary Rocks

$4.00 K321b This is an excellent educational kit of six different Igneous Rocks.  The kit contains specimens of Basalt, Granite, Rhyolite, Scoria, Porphyry and Obsidian.  Research the descriptions and identify them.  These stones will vary in size, shape and design.

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Igneous Rocks

$4.00 K322b This is an excellent educational kit of six different Metamorphic Rocks.  The kit contains specimens of Gneiss, Anthracite, Marble, Quartzite, Slate and Schist.  Research the descriptions and identify them.  These stones will vary in size, shape and design.

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Metamorphic Rocks

$4.00 K324b This is an excellent educational kit of seven different quality specimens of Rock Crystal, Rose Quartz, Green Quartz, Blue Quartz, Red Jasper, Amethyst and Orange Calcite.  Research the descriptions and identify them.  These stones will vary in size, shape and design and come in a plastic container as shown.

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Seven Quality Rocks

$6.00 K323b This is an excellent educational kit of six different Fluorescent Minerals.  The kit contains specimens of Hackmanite, Fluorite, Calcite, Aragonite, Chalcedony and Wernernite.  They are all attached to a display card with the locations they are from.  Look at the linked photos below under both Short and Long Wave Ultraviolet light.  These stones will vary in size, shape and design.

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Fluorescent Minerals

$7.00

K305b  Geode Pac - A Wonder of Nature.  Composed of Rhyolite, Agate and Quartz, these beautiful geodes from Morocco were formed from volcanic activity.  Over thousand of years, the trapped gas inside the cavity and moisture seepage cause continual crystal formation to grow.  The Geodes occur from 1" to 2" in diameter.  These Geodes were excavated from 20-30 feet below the ground's surface.

Remarkable! Fascinating! Beautiful! Be surprised what you find inside!

Put the Geodes in an old sock and lightly tap them with a hammer.

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Geode Pac

$5.00

K325  Soapstone Putty Kit.   Soapstone is primarily made of Talc and is a metamorphic rock.  It is a very soft mineral;  a 1-2.5 hardness on the Moh's Scale.  Soapstone feels like soap when touched and that is how it was named. 

Historically, Soapstone was used as a carving material to create statues and cooking bowls. Today, it is used in creating countertops, cosmetics, in welding projects, and aides in the elasticity of this fun experiment. 

This Soapstone Putty Kit includes powered Soapstone, activating ingredient, mixing containers, storage container, and recipe. 

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Warning:  Kit contains Sodium Tetraborate.  Avoid contact with eyes and not to be ingested.  This product is intended for play only,  For children ages 4 and older.

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Soapstone Putty

$15.00

K311  Rock Art Creativity Kit.  This is a fun little kit for the family.   A glue together kit of sandstone shaped pieces made from different shapes and sizes of beautiful Goldenstone, Arizona Sierra and Ryolite pieces and a small bottle of glue to assemble them with.  Your kids will love to play and create their very own art figurines using their own imaginations, probably with a little help from the parents joining in. 

This kit comes in a sealed bag with glue and contains lots of pieces to create your own sandstone sculpture.  The pictures show one that we have assembled.

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Sandstone Kit
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$6.00 K301  This is approximately 7 pieces of Pyrite measuring in size approximately 1 " + or - commonly called Fools Gold.  Pyrite is actually an iron mineral. This is nice quality, very sparkly specimens. Item will be similar to the picture.

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Pyrite

$6.00 K303  Here are some very nice pieces of Native Copper Ore.  This is natural  native copper from     Michigan that has been processed and cleaned in a Ball Mill which removes the rock that was attached to the copper ore.  You will receive 3 pieces of copper, each one measuring  approximately  5/8" to 1" + in size.  Each piece is brightly colored and has its own character.  Unfortunately, there is NO choice in specimens as we bag the pieces up straight from the box.  This is a  great educational tool for scouts or schools.  Items will be similar to items in photos.

You will receive 3 pieces of our choosing.

This is natural native copper from Michigan after it has been processed through a ball mill to remove the attached rock that it was formed in.

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Native Copper

$6.00 K327  Here are natural Dodecahedral Green Grossular Garnet Crystals from Mexico.  You will receive 3 garnets, each one measuring  approximately  5/8" to 3/4" + in size.   Unfortunately, there is NO choice in specimens as we bag the pieces up straight from our stock.  This is a  great educational tool for scouts or schools.  Items will be similar to items in photos.

You will receive 3 pieces of our choosing.

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Green Grossular Garnets

$12.00 K306b  Here is a Gold Pan Starter Set that compliments any Gold Pan Kit or can be just used like this.  The Starter Set includes 1 large, 10 3/4" black plastic Gold Pan with riffles; 1 clear plastic 2 oz. Snuffer bottle; and 1 small clear, collection bottle with a black cap to keep the Gold found during panning.  The pan is lightweight and easy to use for all ages.

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Gold Pan Starter Set

$5.00

K326b  Here is a something very different.  These are Fulgurite or sometimes called Petrified Lightning Strikes.   Fulgurites are natural hollow glass tubes often formed from lightning strikes in quartzose sand, silica, or soil.  Fulgurites, a variety of the mineraloid lechatelierite, are formed when lightning with a temperature of at least 1,800 C (3,270 F) melts silica on a conductive surface and fuses mineral grains together.  This process occurs over a timespan of around one second and the Fulgurite tube is the cooled product and shows the evidence of the lightning path and its dispersion over the surface or into the earth.  The glassy substance, called lechatelierite, also may be formed by meteorite impacts and volcanic explosions, but the products of such events do not take the characteristic shape of fulgurites.

Each Fulgurite specimen is approximately 1 1/2" to 2" long x 3/8" to 1/2" or more wide.  Most specimens are completely hollow and some others are not. 

Similar to like item.  You will receive one Fulgurite similar to the ones in the photos.  There is no choice in specimens. 

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Fulgurite - Petrified Lightning Strikes

Special
  $7.50 for 3 Sand Crystals

$7.50

K308c  Here is a very nice, above average quality selection of Calcite Sand Crystals from Rattlesnake Butte in the Badlands of South Dakota.  The Calcite Sand crystals are composed of approximately 60% sand and 40% calcite.  They occur as double terminated, hexagonal scalenohedradon crystals sometimes modified by rhombohedrons.  The average size ranges from aproximately 1 1/4" to 2"+.   Each Calcite Sand Crystal has its own unique shape and interesting design for it's own personality.  

Note: It has been illegal to collect or sell fossils, artifacts or minerals from the Badlands National Park without a permit from the Oglala Sioux Tribe since 1967.  These sand crystals came from an old private collection we purchased. 

Unfortunately, there is no choice Calcite Sand Crystals.  You will receive three (3) randomly selected Sand Crystals.

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 South Dakota Calcite Sand Crystal

$6.00

K309  Here is a very nice, above average quality selection of Oco Geodes from Brazil.  The average size ranges from 3/4" to 1 1/4" and are polished on the front face.  Each Geode half has its own unique color and design with some very nice Crystals inside. 

You will receive 6 randomly selected Geodes.

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Oco Geodes

$5.00 K310 This is beautiful natural Lavender colored Amethyst from Uruguay.  This is for 5 pieces.  These beauties will vary in size and shape, but we do guarantee a good selection.  The photo is representative of the color and sizes we have on hand.

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Amethyst

$7.50

K311  Here is approximately 1/2 lb. of Mine Run Crystals in 100+/- pieces from China.  These are very nice, above average quality specimens that will be sure to please.  Some crystals would be considered jewelry grade quality and the balance is just neat to look at.

Items will be similar to what is in the picture.

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Quartz Crystals

$6.00

K313  Here is set of 3-5 pieces of Black Kyanite.  The pieces will varying size but are approximately 1" to 2+" in length and width.  They will vary in size and shape and will be similar to the specimens in the picture.  This material comes from Brazil.

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Black Kyanite

$5.00

K314  Here is a piece of Purified Silicon.  Pure Silicon is rarely found in nature, only in volcanic exhalations and as tiny inclusions in gold.  It is nearly always found as Silicon Dioxide (Quartz) or as a Silicate.  This is lab grown Silicon and is the material computer chips, printed circuits or other electrical components are made from.

The pieces will varying size but are approximately 1" to 2+" in length and width.  They will vary in size and shape and will be similar to the specimens in the picture.  You will receive one piece.   

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Purified Silicon

$4.00 K315 Here is an real neat, very unique find!!!  These are very nice, above average quality Tourmaline specimens from the Black Hills of South Dakota.  They are various sized and shapes and measure approximately 1/2" to 1" or so and weigh 1/4 pound total.  These specimens are one-of-a-kind and will be similar to the picture.  Makes a great educational tool or very different gift for the hard-buy-for person.

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Black Hills Tourmaline

$5.00 K312  Here is a really neat activity for kids.  This is a Bubble Rock.  It is a Limestone mineral that is found in Western Utah.  This kit provides an indoor rock garden any time throughout the year.  When White or Clear vinegar is added, tiny White Aragonite crystals appear and gradually place themselves to form clusters of pure White blossoms.  The process can take 2-3 weeks and the directions are on the back of the package.  I did this project with my 7 year old son and he just loved it. 

Click here to see a picture of ours!

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Bubble Rock

$10.00 K330b  This is a new item from right here in the Black Hills of South Dakota. The Black Hills Copper Company has recently reopened it's mine and this is some of the first finished products! Each little set comes with several pieces of BH Copper, identification card and an actual piece of Chrysocolla Copper Ore rock straight from the mine. The Copper from this mine is made up of mostly Copper with traces of Gold, Silver and Magnesium. A truly unique item to add to your educational collection.


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This is a similar to like item as each set is very close to appearance and size.

This is natural native copper from the Black Hills of South Dakota after it has been processed through a ball mill to remove the attached rock that it was formed in.

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Black Hills Copper

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