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rock hound

1. Someone who professionally studies the origin, history, structure, and composition of the Earth; a geologist. We found some kind of mineral deposit during the dig, so the university is going to send some rock hounds over to have a look at it.
2. An amateur collector of rocks, minerals, gemstones, fossils, etc.; one who collects and/or studies such things as a hobby. Great hike, Dan—nothing to see here but a bunch of boring dirt and stones. Only a rock hound like you could find this interesting!
See also: hound, rock
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DCNR's Pennsylvania Geological Survey offers Pennsylvania Rock Hound Kits that contain 12 samples of Pennsylvania rocks, and spaces for six more of your own rocks that you collect.
Tortoises are dying in places like the Chemehuevi Valley where there are few human visitors other than an occasional rock hound, she said.
I've never found a rock hound I didn't care for,'' said Bob Stultz of Newbury Park, superintendent of the Gems, Minerals, Hobbies, Models and Collections exhibit at the Ventura County Fair.
He was an avid rock hound and gold miner, mining in Alaska and in the northwestern and southwestern states.
FAVORITE HANGOUTS: ``I am a rock hound, so I go out into the desert and look for geodes, semi-precious stones and agates.
Drawing on her background in journalism and geosciences, Sano provides budding rock hounds and other non-specialists with information about some of the minerals found in the southwestern area of the US.
We also meet hundreds of folks, from rock hounds to bartenders.
Tom Domek, the author of numerous books and articles on grasslands and state parks, presents Rain Shadow: A Traveler's Guide to the Buffalo Gap National Grassland, an easy-to-use resource for hikers, bikers, off-road vehicle users, rock hounds, canoeists, campers, and more to discovering the natural wonders of Buffalo Gap National Grassland.
LANCASTER - Talented artisans and rock hounds of the Palmdale Gem and Mineral Club put together a spectacular display recently at the Antelope Valley Fairgrounds.
At the same time that coal in eighteenth-century Europe was cheap and readily available to fuel industry, in China that resource remained relatively expensive and in large part a curiosity relegated to the collections of rock hounds.
The show introduced the area to rock hounds and the RV band of mostly retired gypsies known as snowbirds.
Some of them are rock hounds who just wanted to have an understanding of how to go out and look for rocks.
He was a gregarious man and he had memberships in a number of men's groups, a philosophy club, some garden clubs, theater and dance groups, as well as clubs for travelers, playgoers, and even rock hounds.
com)-- For over fifty years Spruce Pine has welcomed rock hounds and jewelry lovers to the NC Mineral and Gem Festival where they enjoy aisles and aisles of beautiful jewelry, gemstones, and minerals from around the country.
The family members are avowed rock hounds and think nothing of traveling to eastern Oregon to hunt for agates.