Graves Mountain, Lincolnton, GA – Rockhounding Georgia

Filed under: regular postings — Gary November 26, 2006 @ 9:30 pm

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You should not miss any opportunity to collect here because the rutile, lazulite, and pyrophyllite are said to be some of the finest in the world. The collecting area at Graves is huge! There are three main rock types here: quartz-sericite schist, sericite-kyanite-quartz rock (quartzite) and quartz conglomerate. You may still be able to collect rutile, kyanite, lazulite, iridescent hematite, pyrophyllite, pyrite, ilmenite, muscovite, fuchsite, barite, sulfur, blue quartz and quartz crystals with a hematite coating. Don’t forget the micro phosphate and phosphosulfate minerals that can be collected here. Woodhouseite, variscite, strengite, phosphosiderite, cacoxenite, crandallite along with accessory quartz, pyrite, pyrophylite, dickite, jarosite and sulfur crystals.



Canadian mineral sites open to collectors on a fee basis- rockhounding Lapidary

Filed under: regular postings — Gary @ 8:21 pm



Okanagan Opal Inc. (E)
Precious opal
P.O. Box 298
Vernon, BC V1T 6M2
Tel.: (250) 542-1103
Fax: (250) 542-7115
Web site:


Souris Agate Pit (E)
Agate, jasper, petrified wood
Souris River Gem Ltd.
P.O. Box 1060
Souris, MB R0K 2C0
Tel.: (204) 483-2561
Fax: (204) 483-2991
Web site:



Bear Lake Diggings is located near Bancroft, Ontario, Canada. Rockhounding

Filed under: regular postings — Gary November 25, 2006 @ 4:07 am

Bear Lake Diggings is located near Bancroft, Ontario, Canada. The collecting area is operated by the Bancroft Chamber of Commerce. We dug here in August 1999 and were lucky enough to hit a major pocket, which produced many fabulous, large green apatite crystals, plus some enormous hornblende crystals, and a few titanite crystals to boot. There were books of biotite mica almost sixteen inches across, too.

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The apatite (fluorapatite, actually) from Bear Lake occurs in rotted calcite veins that snake through a woodsy landscape that’s pockmarked with trenches and eight-foot deep holes. With luck, you can pick up right where someone left off and begin finding great material right off. This is one of the most exciting and productive localities we’ve ever collected in. If you have the chance to collect here, don’t miss it!



California Federation of Mineralogical Societies Annual Thanksgiving Rockhounding Field Trip to Wiley’s Well Area

Filed under: regular postings — Gary November 20, 2006 @ 4:06 pm

wileys_well_mapp California Federation of Mineralogical Societies
Annual Thanksgiving Rockhounding Field Trip
to Wiley’s Well Area

by Bob Fitzpatrick
CFMS Field Trip Chair – South, 2006

____________ _________ _________ ______

This trip is open to all rockhounds that agree to abide by the AFMS Code of
Ethics, the directions of the field trip leader, and practice safe
rockhounding. A Consent and Assumption of Risk Waiver of Liability form must be signed
upon arriving at the campsite.
TRIP LOCATION – The Wiley Well District is 10 miles southwest of Blythe, CA
and is one of the most popular collecting areas on the Colorado Desert.
WHEN – Thanksgiving Weekend, November 22-26, 2006.
SPONSOR – CFMS Field Trip, South.
MATERIAL TO COLLECT – All types and colors of Agate & Jasper, Crystal filled
Geodes, Botryoidal Psilomelane, Fire Agate, Chalcedony Roses, Zeolite
Crystal filled Amygdules, Calcite Rhombs, Petrified Wood and much more.



looking for people to post their favorite rockhounding spot -world wide!

Filed under: regular postings — Gary November 9, 2006 @ 4:24 am

Hello rockhounders, I just wanted to tell everyone about the visitors I get on this blog as I find it very interesting to see where everyone is coming from to check out this little blog.ย  Thats what makes rockhounding so great, anywhere you live you can rockhound ๐Ÿ™‚ย  Here is a map of yesterdays visitors (the map only shows the last 20 people or so but it gives you an idea).




Noyes Mountain, Greenwood, Oxford County, Maine. Rockhounding

Filed under: regular postings — Gary @ 1:05 am


(Open to the General Public.)

Isaac Noyes was interested in this pegmatite in the late 1880’s. In 1892 the ledge was opened for the first time and in time, it has become a mecca for scientists and collectors alike, deserving the title of one of the most complex mineralized pegmatites in Maine. Tourmaline was first recorded from the locale about 1904 and over the years the green color found at this location has become known as “Harvard Green”.



Capitol Reef National Park/Caineville- Agate, Chert, Jasper and petrified wood- Rockhounding

Filed under: regular postings,rockhounding maps — Gary November 4, 2006 @ 5:37 pm


Geologic information:

Agate, chert, and jasper are varieties of microcrystalline or cryptocrystalline quartz (quartz having crystals that are too small to be detected with a hand lens) that have either a waxy or a dull luster. They can form in different ways; one of the most common is through ground water action by the leaching of highly siliceous rocks, filling rock fractures and cavities, and recrystallazing. Petrified wood is fossil wood in which the organic material has been replaced by cryptocrystalline quartz during the process of fossilization. Much of the delicate structure of wood is preserved because of the small size.



Rockhounding Nakusp, Kaslo, Nelson, Castlegar, Trail, Rossland BC

Filed under: regular postings — Gary October 20, 2006 @ 4:13 am

The snow is starting to fly in the mountains and this leaves me with one last rockhounding trek of the season (all good things must come to an end). So I am heading off to the “Kootenays” for a week of rockhounding and R&R.


Its an all out BC holiday, doing the natural hotsprings just outside Nakusp. Also doing my first glacier heli-tour in Nelson BC. Some late season blue knuckle fly fishing in any stream that looks good and some down home boulder smashing everywhere in between ๐Ÿ™‚ I will journal everyday and take lots of pics.

I am leaving Monday for 1 week, so if you are from these areas or know of some great spots to rockhound on my journey give me a shout . I am building a backlog of posts to submit daily when I am gone so keep coming back…

thanks for checking out my blog, Gary.


UTAH Rock Corral Canyon -Rockhounding Smokey Quartz and Feldspar Crystals

Filed under: regular postings,rockhounding maps — Gary @ 3:11 am

Geologic information:


The Mineral Mountains, located in Beaver County, make up the largest exposed plutonic body in Utah. Rock compositions range from quartz monzonite in the northern half of the pluton to granite around Rock Corral Canyon in the south.



Amber (fossilized resin) – Lapidary, Rockhounding

Filed under: Mineral of the day,Video — Gary October 19, 2006 @ 6:01 pm

Amber is a fossil resin much used for the manufacture of ornamental objects. Although not mineralized it is sometimes considered and used as a gemstone. Most of the world’s amber is in the range of 30โ€“90 million years old. Semi-fossilized resin or sub-fossil amber is called copal.

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