Friday, 12 March 2010

Rubies at Hammerhead

Found these rocks at the top of Hammerhead. The Afghan security guard is standing by a pile of loose stone and we found three rubies after looking for about thirty seconds just laying in this pile. I also found these rocks that still had the rubies imbedded within (I didn't think to put a penny or some other relative size item down for these photos - the largest ones are about 1 cubic centimeter). No kidding, these rocks are everywhere! The security guards also pointed to two neighboring mountains and said "big rubies," so I guess these finds represent a fraction of the wealth of gemstones in this area and the ease which they can be harvested.

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