April 5, 2006
New book about Wyoming's minerals and rocks published

The Wyoming State Geological Survey (WSGS) has released a new publication, Bulletin 72, titled Minerals and rocks of Wyoming – A guide for collectors, prospectors, and rock hounds. Written by Senior Economic Geologist W. Dan Hausel, the new bulletin replaces the previous version, WSGS Bulletin 66, which was published in 1986 but has been out of print for several years.

Bulletin 72 contains new photographs and graphics, most in full color, and several new color maps. According to the introduction, “The reader will find many of the state’s important minerals and rocks briefly described herein. These descriptions include information on some of the important physical properties of each mineral . . . and where the various minerals and rocks should be found in the state. ” The soft-cover volume contains sections on mineral and rock identification, a list of most minerals common in Wyoming, descriptions of rock types found in the state (including some of the unusual rocks), a list of references, and a glossary.

The book is available from the Publications Sales Office at the WSGS in Laramie for $10.00 (Wyoming addresses add 6% sales tax) plus $2.00 for shipping and handling for media rate or $4.00 for first class. To order, call 307-766-2286, ext. 224; fax 307-766-2605; or email wsgs.sales@wyo.gov. For additional information about this publication, contact Kathy Walker, Editor.

Press Release
from the Office of the Wyoming State Geologist
Ron Surdam, State Geologist