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Fairburn Agate (ultimately derived from the Minnelusa Formation, Pennsylvanian-Permian; collected near Fairburn, western South Dakota, USA) 1
Agate ("Fairburn Agate") from the Black Hills of western South Dakota, USA. (public display, National Rockhound Hall of Fame, Murdo, South Dakota, USA) "Agate" is a rockhound/collector term for cavities in rocks (usually sedimentary rocks such as limestone or igneous rocks such as basalt) that have been partially or completely filled with irregularly concentric layers of microcrystalline, fibrous quartz (chalcedony - SiO2). Agate is quartz. Attractive, multicolored and multipatterned agate…
Decorative, patterned forms of agate are excellent natural gems. Learn more about agate's mesmerizing patterns in our agate buying guide!
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Rock hounds scour the southern Black Hills in search of an elusive, yet beautiful rock: the Fairburn Agate. Finding a large fairburn is not only a once-in-a-lifetime treasure, but also will cash in a big paycheck for the lucky rock hound! Where to Start? These agates are named after Fairburn, the town where the most famous agate bed is located. Fairburn is tiny town with less than 100 people 30 miles south of Rapid City. The agate bed is 12 […]
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It's how they seperate the men from the boys in South Dakota
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Collecting Fairburn and TeePee Canyon Agates in the Black Hills and Badlands of South Dakota
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MAYBE AGATE HUNTERS COULD GET A ROOM AT THE FAIRBURN HOTEL? If I were to quiz 10 rockhounds of the CSMS and ask them to name the two most “famous” agate types in the United States I suspect nine of them would list Lake Superior Agates and Fairburn Agates; I would agree. I first started looking for Fairburn Agates in South Dakota back when I was chasing fossils in 1966 for some of my research. In those long ago days the agates were not common, but were still available to the intrepid explorer…
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