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Make a Rock Collection

Here are some of the things you can do to 
build your rock collection:

bulletClean your rocks
bulletBreak your rocks
bulletStore your rocks
bulletLearn more about rock collecting
   

Clean Your Rocks  

Cleaning rocks is almost as much fun as finding them!
Just be careful not to wash too much sand and mud
down the drain.

Ethan runs water into a bowl of dirty rocks. After rinsing carefully, Ethan lifts the clean rocks out of the bowl. Ethan sets clean rocks on a paper plate to dry.
        

Break Your Rocks

Some rocks (especially rounded pebbles) may be 
easier to identify if you break them, so you can see 
a fresh surface.

To break rocks safely, you should have:
bulletAn adult to supervise.
bulletGoggles to protect your eyes.
bulletShoes and long pants to protect your feet and legs.
bulletGloves to protect your hands.  (Oops -- Ethan forgot his gloves!)
bulletA bare spot of dirt, to protect your lawn and sidewalks.
bulletA special rock or brick hammer (that won't break easily).

Here's a Website with more information about safety 
for rock collectors:
   < http://www.fi.edu/fellows/payton/rocks/safety/index.html >
  

Store Your Rocks

Ethan stores his rocks in different ways,
depending on how special they are.

We always keep a "rock dump" by the back door.  It's a large plastic box for not-so-special rocks.  We use these rocks in crafts and animals cages.
Ethan's special rocks go into plastic drawers.  He protects his best specimens with small boxes or zipper bags.
     

Ethan puts his polished rocks, pyrites, and micas in an old jewelry box.
Ethan's gemstone collection goes into a plastic box with compartments.  (It's the kind they make for fishing tackle.)

Learn More About Rock Collecting

If you want to learn more about rock collecting,
go to our links page.

 


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This page was created on March 12, 2001, and it was last updated on July 27, 2002.