Posted August 06, 2018 06:32:04When it comes to steatitic minerals, the Atlipas can boast the most variety, as well as the most spectacular mineral specimens, according to Michael Raimond, the head of the Geological Society of America’s Steatite Division.
“The Atlias are among the most diverse of the world’s steatitites, and we have a wealth of information available from all over the world,” he told Newsweek.
In fact, the mineral deposits of the Atlatlas have been studied extensively, and in the early 1900s, the United States Geological Survey, which is headquartered in the San Francisco Bay Area, identified many of the mineral sites as having “special significance for geologists.”
At least 15 countries have recognized the Atlas as a mineral-rich region, with the Atlanas having more than 300,000 unique minerals, according the Geological Survey.
“A lot of the best minerals come from the Atlfas, and they’re some of the most beautiful places in the world, including the Atleta and the Atlta,” Raimondo said.
“They’re really spectacular to behold.
So there’s no question that they are worth visiting.”
And, according for most people, the best places to visit for the best-known and most spectacular specimens are the Atluas, which are home to some of nature’s most beautiful rocks.
“Atlias is a beautiful place,” said Raimonds wife, Michelle Raimonda.
“It’s an amazing place to go for a nice hike, and it’s a wonderful place to explore.
It’s a place where you can see what a real gem is.
And that’s something you have to be really lucky to see.”
For those interested in the finer details of the geological and mineralogy of Atliassite, Raimontas website, atlascat.org, is a must-read for anyone interested in their local mineral.