Erosion in my toolbox.

Could be another one of those wet summers here at the mines. Had to wait for the surface mud to be shoved out of the way yesterday still at Rainbow Ridge who was a week late in opening. The tailings are drying out nicely as long as you don’t wade in the puddles up on the tops of the piles. Found me a few opals worth pictures, but they are still in the buckets out in the car. Nothing was undried so no need to wet them again other than to scrub off the clay. That is what makes the domes vary in price so much – was the opal already dried and cracking before it was put on display in water or was it never allowed to be tested and may dry properly. ( To be polished or lumbered and stones constructed without having to worry about existing cracks first from trying to dry such a huge chunk of silica.) Been doing better than average on the surface hunting areas from the deluges. Photos after they get their bath.

Author: Swordfish Mining

Howdy, Howdy y'all. I'm John Church from Denio, Nevada and Swordfish Mining Virgin Valley Opal on the web at I'm a precious opal mine owner, fee dig operator, prospector and claim salesman, craftsman. I'm a 50 something opalholic who actively is working here. Much more about the opals and me on the website as I have been living here and mining opals for 2 decades. Please come to Swordfish Mining for your Virgin Valley Opalised wood pictures, information, rough, and gemstones.

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