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Tucson gem, mineral, and fossil show continues to overwhelm

Arizona Geology Blog - Fri, 2015-02-06 21:08

I've only had time to pop in for a few minutes to a few of the dozens of independent shows around Tucson as part of the Tucson Gem, Mineral, and Fossil Showcase that officially kicked off a week ago.   I was taken by the Peruvian pyrite on quartz with sphalerite specimens at the Days Inn.  The one at right is priced at only $1,500.

Up at the Tucson Inn Suites, Tynsky's Fossil Quarry is displaying a cast of what they say is the only complete Eohippus ("dawn horse") recovered from the Green River Fm lake beds in Wyoming.

Arizona Petrified Wood has beautiful tables with petrified wood slab insets and a wide range of slabs for inclusion in other furniture.
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Making copper the official state metal of Arizona

Arizona Geology Blog - Fri, 2015-02-06 15:44
 Arizona has a state fossil - petrified wood, and a state gemstone - turquoise.   Under a new bill, SB1441, Arizona would designate copper as the state metal.

 The list of official state emblems includes:
a)      state colors- blue and old gold;b)      state fossil- petrified wood;c)      state bird- cactus wren; d)     state flower- saguaro blossom;e)      state tree- palo verde;f)       state neckwear- bola tie;g)      state gemstone- turquoise;h)      state animals- ringtail, Arizona ridgenose rattlesnake, Apache trout and Arizona tree frog;i)        state butterfly- two-tailed swallowtail;j)        state nickname- The Grand Canyon State; andk)      state firearm- Colt Single Action Army Revolver. 
Many states have a state mineral but Nevada designated silver as the official state metal in 1977.
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