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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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Your best route resource - next to an old rock hound riding shotgun - is a selection of guidebooks and maps obtained from F.
Baylor, a self-confessed "rock hound," provides great detail on every aspect of rocks, including the ten most important rules for choosing a particular rock.
Additionally, he is the author of two books, "Meteorite Hunting: How To Find Treasure From Space," and "Rock Star: Adventures of a Meteorite Man." The title of the latter is a play on words showcasing his dual paths as a rock hound and former professional rock 'n' roll musician.
You don't have to be a rock hound to wonder what created a land of such dramatic opposites.
Trained as a geologist, photographer and rock hound, Toedtemeier has been photographing Northwestern basalt for 25 years.
He was an avid rock hound and gold miner, mining in Alaska and in the northwestern and southwestern states.
Rock hounds and geology students will find these site references key to locating visual examples of Virginia's geological wonders, and will find the color photos of rocks and landscapes to be perfect accompaniments to the descriptions of terrain and geologic features unique to each area.
Bill started playing drums at an early age and played in many local bands including The Rock Hounds and Primitive Moderns.
Terrestrial rock hounds (adults) and pebble pups (children) often search for those treasures in gravel pits, quarries, sand blows, road cuts, and just-plowed ground.
The traveling gem, jewelry and bead show came to the Lane Events Center on Friday, and more than 70 vendors displayed a vast selection of treasures and services to jewelry makers, gift seekers, rock hounds and fossil hunters.
Especially interesting to rock hounds are the scores of as yet unseen carbon-based minerals predicted to exist by a recent statistical analysis.
For more on rock collecting tips, tools, and lesson plans, visit this Franklin Institute's Rock Hounds site.
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.
Muenster's pieces incorporate bits of vintage jewelry, fossils, stones from "rock hounds" and recycled "Fordite," which is made of multiple layers of automotive paint.