Among the rarest and most prized minerals, agate is one of the
most exquisite examples of nature's artwork. A striking rock that
occurs in various shapes and sizes, with a vivid assortment of
colors, agates are coveted by collectors and becoming rarer across
the globe. Although the Bluegrass State is usually overlooked in
the international study of agate, some of the most beautiful and
colorful specimens in the world are hidden away in the rugged
terrain of eastern Kentucky's scenic Knobs Region.
Kentucky Agate is the first book to showcase the unique mineral,
treasured for its fine grain and vibrant banks of deep, varied
colors. Authors Roland L. McIntosh and Warren H. Anderson have
collected hundreds of professional color photographs, revealing the
beauty and diversity of this sought-after stone. With detailed maps
of the region surrounding the city of Irvine, Kentucky, including
parts of Estill, Powell, Jackson, Menifee, Madison, and Lee
counties, Kentucky Agate reveals locations where agate may be
found. Featuring full-color photographs showing aspects of the rock
not visible to the naked eye, this book also provides detailed
information on the history, geology, chemistry, and formation of
the mineral, giving collectors and Kentucky nature enthusiasts a
stunning look into the world of agate collection and the hidden
story of the breathtaking formation of the official state rock.
Subjects: Environmental Science, Geology
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