Diamond Lake Wildlife Management Area

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Copyright © Kelly Nash

Diamond Lake Wildlife Management Area

View of the lake looking south, from the entrance off Highway 8. In June, 2016, I visited the Diamond Lake Wildlife Management Area, hoping to locate some of the "Odell Diamond" barite crystals discussed and illustrated in the first Report of the State Geologist in 1903. The book "Complete Roadside Guide to Nebraska (by Alan Boye, 1993) says: "Three and a half miles to the west of Odell on Highway 8, just on the south side of the dam on the State Game Preserve, is the place where, with a bit of walking and some luck, you can still find some of the strange and famous "Odell Diamonds", a pink or clear stone usually with four flat sides. Unfortunately, the best site for these stones was covered with water when the dam was built, but many can still be found". On the day of my visit, I spent a couple hours scouring the ground and scratching around for crystals, and came up empty-handed. I couldn't access the southwest part of the area along the dam that day, because of an electric fence, so it's possible there are still some crystals to be found there, or maybe I just missed them.

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Photo added:22nd Aug 2016
Dimensions:3678x2232px (8.21 megapixels)
Date/Time of Photo:8th Jun 2016 11:40:12
Camera:APPLE iPhone 6s Plus
Lens:iPhone 6s Plus back camera 4.15mm f/2.2
Software:Adobe Photoshop CS5.1 Macintosh
Exposure time:1/1672s
Focal Length:4mm
Focal Length (35mm film equivalent):29mm
ISO speed:25
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