ROCK HUNTING: TOOLS TO TAKE ALONG


 

Hiking Oregon's Geology, 2nd Ed

“Field geologists are pretty much hikers with some extra knowledge of the earth sciences and a specific problem to solve,” says Ellen Bishop, author of Hiking Oregon’s Geology: 2nd Edition. To explore and understand geologic features, take a few extra items with you into the field:

  • Hand lens, preferably 10X: to examine the small-scale features of rocks
  • Hammer: to break open rocks so you can examine a fresh surface (weathered surfaces do not even remotely resemble the real rock)
  • Safety glasses: It is critical to wear eye protection, and to keep others at a safe distance when breaking rock with a hammer (or with anything else), because rock chips and steel slivers from the hammer frequently fly in all directions and can seriously injure eyes or cut you or bystanders
  • Notebook: handy to record your observations
  • Something to wrap samples in: newspaper is light, cheap, and effective
  • Felt-tip, waterproof pen: useful to mark sample numbers on each rock and key it to notes about where it was collected or other thoughts
  • Your curiosity and keen observation: these are inexpensive, lightweight, durable, and indispensable

 

--Adapted from Hiking Oregon’s Geology, 2nd Edition by Ellen Bishop (The Mountaineers Books, $18.95 paperback)

 

 
 
 
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