Florida - Sunshine and Megalodon

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Florida State Rock - Agatized Coral

Florida has no metamorphic or igneous near surface rocks.  It is 100% sedimentary and much of that is organic in origin.    Even the state stone, Agatized Coral, began as a living coral.    Most of the agatized coral collecting spots are regulated but there are a few places on the Georgia/Florida border.  Don’t be discouraged there are an abundance of fossil collecting locations including areas to collect the large Miocene shark species, Megalodon.     You will need a $5 permit to collect fossils on public lands, easily applied for here:     

Fossil Permit

To make it even easier the Florida Museum has published a great list of places open to collect fossils:   Florida Fossil Sites


So next time you are at the beach, let your family and friends swim and frolic while you search for truly ancient treasure.  

Florida State Gemstone - Moonstone

United States astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin landed on the moon on July 20, 1969. Since the Apollo 11 spaceflights had been launched from the Kennedy Space Center in Brevard County, the Florida legislature sought to memorialize this "giant step" for humankind. In 1970, lawmakers adopted the moonstone as the official state gem.