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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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Rock Hound, resident expert, resource and referee for "Wanna-Be a Dino Finder.
Trained as a geologist, photographer and rock hound, Toedtemeier has been photographing Northwestern basalt for 25 years.
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.
FAVORITE HANGOUTS: ``I am a rock hound, so I go out into the desert and look for geodes, semi-precious stones and agates.
He was an avid rock hound and gold miner, mining in Alaska and in the northwestern and southwestern states.
Bill started playing drums at an early age and played in many local bands including The Rock Hounds and Primitive Moderns.
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.
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.
It's clearly designed for professionals, students and serious rock hounds, but for those in the know, it's a very user-friendly, well-illustrated book that is sure to become truly indispensible.