PETRIFIED FOREST

Geotrade Bohemia, in cooperation with the Prague Botanic garden, prepared an exhibition of the Petrified Forest. You may see it at the Botanic garden.

Petrified Forest


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Crystals of the North - Norway

Norway is highly interesting from the geological viewpoint, as aeons ago this part of the earth's crust practically turned upside down.

Semi-transparent crystal from ridge I.; 20 cmThe mountains and ridges that appeared later were abraded by icebergs, thus saving mineralogists dozens and dozens of meters of digging. Norway is also a very long country and it's north part is scarcely inhabited and wild. It's a land full of rocks, but the right localities are difficult to find and far asunder. We are lucky, because we will be accompanied by Lars, one of Norway's significant collectors. Our goal are quartz crystals in a full scale of shapes, sizes and colours.

We head north. It's September and there's fog over the mountain pass Cínovec. It's raining and cold. We are going to collect stones in Norway with my friend Honza.

„Ice floater“ double-sided crystal; 18 cmNorway is highly interesting from the geological viewpoint, as aeons ago this part of the earth's crust practically turned upside down. he mountains and ridges that appeared later were abraded by icebergs, thus saving mineralogists dozens and dozens of meters of digging. Norway is also a very long country and it's north part is scarcely inhabited and wild. It's a land full of rocks, but the right localities are difficult to find and far asunder. We are lucky, because we will be accompanied by Lars, one of Norway's significant collectors. Our goal are quartz crystals in a full scale of shapes, sizes and colours.

Morion from a large cavity on ridge IV.; 15 cmApproximately 150 years ago Norway was the country where the first crystal chandeliers were made. They were gigantic, beautiful and made of natural crystals. Several are preserved in the royal palace in Oslo. These chandeliers were naturally very expensive so that when the crafty Czechs invented and grinded crystals from cheap glass, production of lamps from real crystals faded and the old famous locality fell back into oblivion. This is our goal, located somewhere near the north polar circle in the mountains on the border of Norway and Sweden.

We are going north, it's rainy and cold in Rostock. In Malmö, which we reach early in the morning to get some more sleep at a parking lot, there's no longer rain, but it's cloudy and cold.

Phantom smoke quartz from ridge IV. Size of crystal 7 cmIn the morning the sun came up to stay with us for the remaining nine days. We never got to use the raincoats we stocked up on for the trip.

After a three day journey we reach our destination with Lars and his wife Elen. For the first time we have a view of the land where the mysterious locality of exquisite crystals is hidden. The sun is shining upon a land of wallowing hills with coppice forests and colourful marshes, blinking with blue eyes of lakes and ponds. You could not tell this land apart from Alaska, but it's also a renowned bear range.

The uncovered walls of rock tell us that it's a range of low granite ridges full of cracks and crevices.

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