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When I was a kid we would hunt for beach agates on the beaches of the Oregon coast. They were quite plentiful back then and you could find them up to the size of a silver dollar. There were certain beaches that had "agate beds". Agate beds are beaches that hold large quantities of small stones. Some of those stones would be agates, others jasper and others that were what we called, plain old "country rock." The beaches have been hunted hard since the 50's and 60's when I hunted them. Today, it is not easy to find even one agate. The only place I have been able to find them in recent years is at the mouth of the Siletz River next to the little town of Taft. I looked there for about an hour last month and found the ones you see here. These are quite small compared to the ones I used to collect. The biggest one in the middle is almost the size of a walnut, so most are quite small. The dark red piece just to the right of the big one is the only "stone" that is not an agate. It is a piece of "sea glass." Sea glass is pieces of broken glass the have been tumbled smooth by the ocean over a period of time. Sea glass is also hunted by beach combers and is not common along the Oregon coast. If you want to find "sea glass," go to the beach next to Fort Bragg, California.

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seagirl7

nan, thanks, I do try, Terry

nanlein

pretty and informative. Terry, you enrich us every time! Thanks.

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