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Jhon P

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Yellow Cat petrified wood
« on: August 18, 2017, 06:33:13 PM »

End cut that I polished. Stuff has a lot of fractures
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Re: Yellow Cat petrified wood
« Reply #1 on: August 18, 2017, 08:47:47 PM »

Do you know what state that is from ?
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Re: Yellow Cat petrified wood
« Reply #2 on: August 19, 2017, 04:53:07 AM »

Nice bright colors!  Like the size, it's a case of fractured material is ok you just need to cab between the fractures!  One great piece of rough has one great slab that has one great cabochon. Simple.
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Re: Yellow Cat petrified wood
« Reply #3 on: August 19, 2017, 05:51:28 AM »

We are talking about the yellow cat mine area North of Moab are we not?
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Re: Yellow Cat petrified wood
« Reply #4 on: August 19, 2017, 06:25:25 AM »

Yellow Cat area is North of Moab.  It is just South of I-70.  The exit from Utah is marked as such.  If you are traveling West the exit is just marked "Ranch Exit".  It is a large area but well picked over.  Nonetheless, there is still a lot of spectacular material to be found by the adventurous.  Climbing offers the best chance of finding good material just because most people don't do it.  If you go, stay away from the mine.  It is a uranium mine and my gieger counter went wild anywhere within several hundred feet.  There is a grape agate area just above the mine but it is also hot and just a quick walk through it convinced me that not only is it not worth it but there is very little left anyway.  The petrified wood is among the best in the world and there is always the chance of finding dino bone fragments.  For the life of me I can't remember the mineral but there are lots of red bubbly nodules that are pure white inside.  Most are less than one inch but if you are there for long it is likely you will find larger ones.
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Re: Yellow Cat petrified wood
« Reply #5 on: August 19, 2017, 08:49:49 AM »

Real slim pickens unless your lucky or want to hike, I had the grand kids with me last time so I was unable to really rockhound.
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Re: Yellow Cat petrified wood
« Reply #6 on: August 19, 2017, 03:44:07 PM »


  That area of Utah was heavily mined for uranium in 40s 50s etc, The miners found a lot of petrified wood and dino bone that would peg the scale on their gieger counters. Subsequentially the rockhound community was notified mostly by word of mouth to be wary and pack a gieger counter. :director:
 I have heard that yellow cat wood is Redwood :icon_scratch:
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