Kentucky Agate

Kentucky Agate

by Roland L. McIntosh, Warren H. Anderson


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780813142456
Publisher: University Press of Kentucky
Publication date: 11/20/2013
Pages: 184
Sales rank: 807,507
Product dimensions: 10.70(w) x 13.50(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Roland L. McIntosh won a Drake video commentary festival award for his documentary on Kentucky agate.

Warren H. Anderson is a research scientist at the University of Kentucky Geological Survey. He is the author of Rocks and Minerals of Kentucky.

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"In terms of color, variety, and complexity, the Kentucky agates that illustrate this volume are world-class." — Peter Heaney, Penn State University

"This book is a validation and recognition of the significance of this exquisite agate by the elected representatives of Kentucky. The beauty of banded agates can only be appreciated with good photography. The photographic presentation is excellent and covers all the variations of color and pattern that make this agate so attractive and desirable to anyone that appreciates the beauty of these natural objects." — Roger Clark, author of Fairburn Agate: Gem of South Dakota

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