Digging for diamonds

rock barnToday we took off from Dallas heading to Hot Springs, Arkansas. I have never been to Arkansas before. The ride took 5 hours. Along the road we stopped at Crater of Diamonds State Park. It is the only public place in the country where you can dig for diamonds yourself. The most common gemstone is Jasper. We got a huge rock of Jasper. We unfortunately did not get any diamonds. My parents thought they found diamonds but they were just quartz, calcite, and barite. I will be learning about rocks and minerals in science soon. (WT)

2 thoughts on “Digging for diamonds

  1. Did staff members teach you what differentiates a diamond from quartz, barite, or calcite? What does jasper look like? Did you get to keep any of the rocks?

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