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Yadenite

Families gather rocks during last year’s rockhounding event sponsored by the Klamath County Museum and the Klamath Rock and Arrowhead Club.

Rockhounds of all ages are invited to join a search on Saturday, July 6, for a rare type of stone found only on the northern outskirts of Klamath Falls.

According to a news release, the free event, sponsored by the Klamath County Museum and the Klamath Rock and Arrowhead Club, will focus on a type of rock known locally as yadenite, a type of opalized diatomite.

An orientation session will begin at 10 a.m. near the end of New Way off Dan O’Brien Way from Highway 97 North. Yellow signs will direct participants to the site.

There will also be a discussion of fossil imprints found at the site, as well as ipos, an edible root that was a staple for Native Americans in the region.

“This is a popular family event, especially for those with young children,” said museum manager Todd Kepple. “It’s fun to see young people learning about the variety of rock that can be found in the earth beneath our feet.”

Members of the rock club will be on hand to help novice rockhounds learn how to spot rocks suitable for polishing. Samples of polished stones will be available for viewing and a special gathering area for young children will be provided.

Those planning to attend are encouraged to wear sturdy shoes and bring a rake and shovel, if possible. Participants may also to bring some water in a small bucket and a container for collected rocks.