Jade hunting and rockhounding
The area around Prince George and north is a tremendous area for finding high quality jade (nephrite). Three quarters of the world's jade comes from B.C.
The best B.C. nephrite is bought by local artists and transformed into artwork which is in demand internationally. The largest sculpture made of B.C. nephrite is probably the Buddha commissioned for the Wat Dhammongkol Monastery in Bangkok. It was carved from a 32 tonne nephrite boulder. This transaction was worth about $350,000 to the Jade West Group of Companies.
As you can see, some beautiful jade carvings come from British Columbia's huge jade resource. A considerable amount of jade of lower quality is used in construction, tiles, countertops and ornamental stone. The colours range from green, black, white or yellow-brown. Green jade is the most sought after. High quality jade can cost as much as $100 per kilogram.
This is a rare picture of the...
This is a rare picture of the spillover from the Bennet Dam which supplies hydroelectric power to most of British Columbia and northern USA as well. Taken in the summer of 2002. Water is released through these gigantic spillways when the level of Williston Lake reservoir is too high. This spillover has happened only 4 times before since the dam was built. The Dam, one of the largest in North America is 600' high and impounds the Peace River to form Williston Lake, the largest man-made lake in Canada and the 10th largest in the world.
Just to think, this fall of water is nearly 4 times the height of Niagara Falls!
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