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NBMG county bulletins are an excellent resource for rockhounding and prospecting.

You can stock up on topographic maps from NBMG for your next adventure.

Check out the mineral postcard series or browse books and maps available below.

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Fossils and earth history
Ghost towns and mining history

Rocks and Minerals in the Silver State (from Nevada Magazine, Summer 2021)

Rock Collecting, Land Status, and Mining Claims: An Overview
"This video reviews where rocks and minerals can be collected, how much can be collected, mining claims, staking mining claims, filing on mining claims, and an introduction to land status research so collectors and claimants know where they can collect or stake claims in Nevada." [from Nevada Division of Minerals Open Data]

Collecting on Public Lands (BLM)

Remember to Stay Out and Stay Alive!
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Minerals of Nevada HARDCOVER Rocks, gemstones, minerals, and fossils in Nevada
Gold from water (and other mining scams) Mining claim procedures for Nevada prospectors and miners (sixth edition, revised December 2019) PHOTOCOPY
Turquoise deposits of Nevada Simon & Schuster's guide to rocks and minerals
National Audubon Society field guide to North American rocks and minerals Rocks and minerals (DK Smithsonian Handbooks)
What's so mysterious about meteorites? Rocks from space--meteorites and meteorite hunters (second edition)
Rocks and minerals cards Familiar rocks and minerals of North America (National Audubon Society Pocket Guide)
Rocks and minerals (DK Pockets) A field guide to rocks and minerals (fifth edition)
Recreational gold prospecting for fun and profit Gem trails of Nevada
Placer gold deposits of Nevada Rockhounding Nevada
The rockhound and prospector's bible Some Nevada rocks and minerals: Box containing 18 specimens of Nevada rocks and minerals
Fluorspar in Nevada Mineral and water resources of Nevada
Fluorspar in Nevada
Price: $10.00
Antimony deposits of Nevada Nevada's metal and mineral production (1859-1940, inclusive)
Placer mining in Nevada A table for the identification of Nevada's common minerals, with notes on their occurrence and use OUT OF PRINT
Idaho rocks CA north gold and gems maps
Idaho rocks!
Price: $20.00
Rocks minerals coloring book Gem trails of northern CA
Hallelujah Junction! Ancestral Yuba River
NV gold and gems maps Mine of her own
A mine of her own
Price: $29.95