Arkansas Quartz Crystal
I came across this Quartz Crystal while hiking the Ouachita National Forest here in Arkansas.
I know tourist will pay money for something like this but I did leave it where I found it.
A friend that lives in the area that knows about crystals told me that finding this on top of the ground is not common.
I read on the Arkansas.com website that the ancient Ouachita Mountain area of Arkansas was considered a mystical location by Native American tribes. The hot springs in the "Valley of the Vapors," now the city of Hot Springs, was considered a place of peace for even warring Native American tribes. The beautiful Arkansas quartz crystals of the Ouachitas were believed to have sacred and spiritual significance.
I also read that Geologists say that Arkansas and Brazil have the best quality quartz on Earth, and today rock hounds, families and tourists from all over the world head for the Hot Springs and Mount Ida area to go prospecting in the abundant quartz crystal deposits of the Ouachita Mountains in hopes of finding these unique clear, prismatic stones.