Among the rarest and most prized minerals, agate is one of the most exquisite examples of nature's artwork. A striking rock that occurs in various shapes and sizes, with a vivid assortment of colours, agates are coveted by collectors and becoming rarer across the globe. Although the Bluegrass State is usually overlooked in the international study of agate, some of the most beautiful and colourful specimens in the world are hidden away in the rugged terrain of eastern Kentucky's scenic Knobs Region. Kentucky Agate is the first book to showcase the unique mineral, treasured for its fine grain and vibrant banks of deep, varied colours. Authors Roland L. McIntosh and Warren H. Anderson have collected hundreds of professional colour photographs, revealing the beauty and diversity of this sought-after stone. With detailed maps of the region surrounding the city of Irvine, Kentucky, including parts of Estill, Powell, Jackson, Menifee, Madison, and Lee counties, Kentucky Agate reveals locations where agate may be found. Featuring full-colour photographs showing aspects of the rock not visible to the naked eye, this book also provides detailed information on the history, geology, chemistry, and formation of the mineral, giving collectors and Kentucky nature enthusiasts a stunning look into the world of agate collection and the hidden story of the breath-taking formation of the official state rock.
Roland L. McIntosh won a Drake video commentary festival award for his documentary on Kentucky agate. Warren H. Anderson is a research scientist at the University of Kentucky Geological Survey, USA. He is the author of Rocks and Minerals of Kentucky.