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The Oregon Coast is a land of rugged beauty, where the meeting of land and sea creates a symphony of natural wonders. Among its many treasures, agates stand out as some of the most captivating and sought-after gems. Agate hunting along the Oregon Coast is a thrilling adventure that allows you to connect with nature, discover hidden gems, and experience the joy of finding these exquisite stones. Join us as we embark on a journey to uncover the magic of agate hunting along the stunning Oregon Coast.

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Ever wonder what exactly jasper is? Wonder how it forms? I get asked often and the answer is both simple and complex.

The simple answer: Jasper is a opaque silica based material with conchoidal or "shell-like" fracture (like how glass breaks) and a hardness of 7, which cannot be scratched with a steel pocket knife, just like quartz, why? it's got a high quartz content, the crystals in the material are crypto or microcrystalline quartz, so you can't see them but they are there and that is what gives the jasper it's strength. 
The complex answer: jasper is NOT a scientific term. When labeling proper jaspers, scientists will label the specimen "cryptocrystalline quartz or microcrystalline quartz: variety jasper"

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