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Dwarves' Earth Treasures Museum:
Balmorhea Agates
Lake Balmorhea, Reeves Co., Texas

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Hills of Balmorhea, source of agates
    The agate fields around Balmorhea Lake is well known to the collectors for their strong blue colored agates as well as black plume agates and the classic example would be one with strong white and blue color combos. Lake Balmorhea is mainly a fishing site and also a great birding site where many migrating birds stop by to rest. The flat areas to to the south of the lake will produce bleached agate fragments and it's possible to find larger fragments and the washes are best places to look for the agates. Some agates are also found in the hills on the northern side of the lake. I didn't had a much of luck on the southern side of the lake. I followed small agate nodules on the northern side and was lucky to have hit on an agate bearing basalt beds where I by chance chiseled what I thought to be a small agate only to discover that I have exposed a blue agate much larger than I expected. Ever since that first in-situ agate I have found, I continued to find more agates including those with plume inclusions. I also found a calcite specimen with plume inclusions, a clue that plume minerals were formed independent of any agate genesis.
    Since the area around the lake is a private land that is open to recreation including rock-collecting, anyone wishing to try their luck at finding any agates must stop by the fishing store to pay $4.00 fee before venturing out. Just take a route toward the Lake Balmorhea and keep going till you see the white fishing store on the right side. 
    I do wonder if the agates of Balmorhea share the same basaltic volcano systems as those of Marfa agates since they show similar colors.
  I learned that there are  more agates found around Lake Balmorhea and most are weathered and bleached but can show banded agates and plumes.
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Gallery of pictures taken at the agate site of Lake Balmorhea.
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Lake Balmorhea Notice Sign Agate in-situ basalt Agate in-situ basalt
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Found big one! Aww, it's broken. a dark colored agate. Where I chiseled my 
1st agate out
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Rough Appearance: Fresh agates are dark skinned, usually rounded or coniol. Weather agates show bleaching signs.
The agates are usually strong blue color with black and sometimes white colors, some come with black plumes.

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Agate
Agate Agate
My first major and unexpected find
April 2009
Classic "Balmorhea Blue"
April 2011
April 2011
Agate Agate Agate
Classic "Balmorhea Blue"
April 2012
Weird Find
April 2010
My best Plume Find,
April 2010
Agate Agate Agate
April 2010
Silver Plumes!
April 2012
Dark Colored
April 2010
Agate Agate Agate
Fine-crystallinzed plumes
April 2010
April 2010
"Eyes" obtained from cutting thin nodule
to get large face.
April 2012
Agate Agate Agate
two types of plumes
Plumes April 2009
Plumes, April 2009

Agate
Forest of Plumes, April 2011

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