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International flavor colors Gem & Mineral Show

WALLA WALLA — Hundreds of local rock hounds, jewelry collectors and other people took part in a show that over the years has become an international network of dealers, collectors and artisans. The Marcus Whitman Gem & Mineral Show took place this weekend at the Walla Walla County Fairgrounds, and along with it comes a collection rocks from every continent except Antarctica. A quick survey of the vendors and their wares showed rocks from Brazil, Mexico, China and Australia. Whitman College geology teacher Bob Carson said it is quite a change from the shows he attended in the 1970s.

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Geode surprise.

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With a little help from his grandmother Carol Stiller and the onlooking of 4-year-old brother ...

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trays of stones.

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More trays of stones

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Octopus stone.

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Giraffe stone.

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Geode surprises.

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Geode surprise.

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Geode breaker.

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Dolphin stone.

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Collection.

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More stones.

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