At the Gemboree last year I went on one of the geologist-led field expeditions. This picture was taken from an old logging road on the way to the Richardson Mine.
In Northern Ontario, the beavers have a tendancy to dam the forest streams with walls of sticks and mud. The swamp in front is an example of one such blockage. In a mineralogical sense the outing was very interesting but in terms of the scenery – it was unbeatable.
Just ahead the track crossed through the stream in front of the dam and to the left a path led up to a hillside pit. We spent most of our day chieseling at an exposed seam of purple fluorite. I also found several other interesting mineral specimens including a fine, euhedral spike of apatite. Unbeknowenst to us, just a short distance off into the forest there is an actual mine where some world class uranite specimens have been found.
NOTE: NEXT FEW POST WILL BE ABOUT THE RICHARDSON MINE AND THE MINERALS THAT ARE FOUND THERE.
A MORE IN-DEPTH COVERAGE OF THE RICHARDSON MINE IS INCLUDED IN THE BOOK THAT I AM PRESENTLY WORKING ON, “ROCKHOUNDING: AN EXPERIENCE OF THE NORTH”