Wood Ash Crystals, Image Credit: Lori Carter

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Program Competition

The purpose of the Program Competition is to encourage the production of earth science programs related to the rockhound hobby by the individual members and member clubs of the various Federations through the conduct of visual arts program competitions. As a result of the annual competitions, the member Regional Federations are provided with duplicate copies of the award winning programs. These programs are therefore available for use by the individual clubs and societies through their associated Regional Federation.

From the AFMS website 2021

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Wood Ash Crystals

Crystals can be grown using a process similar to extracting lye from wood ashes. A concentrated solution of alkali salts (sodium, potassium, and calcium) derived from boiling wood ashes produced these beautiful crystals and a few other trace elements caused the yellow color.

Specimen by: Daniel Miller

Image Credit: Lori Carter