Posted in Bancroft, Bancroft gemboree, book on collecting, book on collecting rocks and minerals, book on crystals, book on gemstones, book on rocks and minerals, books, Buy The Book, Canada, Caves, collecting rocks near Bancroft, crystals, environment, gemology, gems, gemstones, geography, geology, industrial archeology, lapidary, mineral collecting, mines in northern Ontario, nature, Nature/Outdoors, ontario, Ontario geography, Ontario's geography, Ontario's geology, rock and mineral, rock collecting, rockhound, rockhounding, rockhounding in Ontario, rocks and minerals, rocks in Ontario, tagged Bancroft, collecting, crystals, minerals, ontario, rockhound, rocks and minerals, Treasure on April 7, 2016|
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Volume 2 of the ‘Rockhound’ series is now available. This particular volume focuses on the perception of value in mineral resources and the shifting lens through which Ontario’s mineral wealth is seen.
In Rockhound: Opening the Treasure Chest we visit such old collecting classics as the Saranac Zircon Mine, Bear Lake, Grace Lake, Bessemer Mine and Kuehl Lake. The mineral focus is on apatite, rare earths, tremolite, diopside and the more exotic treasures that are displayed at the Bancroft Gemboree. For any rockhound, mineral collector or crystal enthusiast this is without a doubt an invaluable accompaniment to a summer of collecting. Within ‘Rockhound’ you’ll learn how and where to collect. Over 80 mineral locations are detailed along with directions and specifics on the minerals found there.
If you are interested in purchasing a copy or Rockhound: Opening the Treasure Chest visit the Lulu purchasing site here.
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Posted in book, books, collecting, crystals, mineral collecting, ontario, rock and mineral, rockhound, tagged book, books, collecting, crystals, mineral collecting, ontario, rock and mineral, rockhound on October 23, 2015|
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Above: A shard of peristerite from Crystal Lake Ontario. A gem quality feldspar that is found in abundance in the tailings.
In the three volume series, ‘Rockhound’, you’ll explore what it means to collect minerals in the skarns and pegmatites of the north. We’ll travel to forgotten settlements and ghost towns and you’ll visit the famous mining camps of Cobalt, Eldorado and Gowganda. Directions within the ‘Rockhound Series’ will take you to little known deposits that yield some amazing specimens. When you apply what you’ve learned you’ll find crystals and minerals in a diversity of species that will astound you. In the first volume of this series you’ll be shown where to find coltan, amazonite, tourmaline, gold, zircon, silver, beryl, fluorite, titanite and more.
Click here to visit the Rockhoundbook.com website from whence a copy of Rockhound can be purchased.
Whether you’re a serious collector or a casual enthusiast, ‘Rockhound’ will take you where you need to go and show you what you never believed possible in the mines and forests of the north.
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Posted in abandoned mines, abandoned mines in Ontario, adventure in Ontario, Bancroft, Bancroft gemboree, books, Buy The Book, Canada, collecting rocks near Bancroft, corundum, crystals, environment, exploration, gemology, gems, gemstones, geography, geology, Interesting, lapidary, Life, looking for gems, mine, My Book, my life, nature, Nature/Outdoors, ontario, Ontario's geology, Photography, photos, picture of, rock collecting, rockhounding, rockhounding in Ontario, Rocks & Gems, rocks and minerals, rocks in Ontario, rockwatching, sapphires, strange places, Travel, tagged Bancroft, Bancroft gemboree, corundum, crystal zoning, crystals, gems, minerals, ontario, rock and gems, rockhounding, rocks and minerals, rough sapphire on November 23, 2008|
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finding sapphires in Ontario
I found the blackish crystal encased in calcite at the Faraday Hill road cut near Bancroft; only the tip was protruding from the rock and I roughly chipped it out and dissolved the calcite from it using Coca Cola.
The two rough reddish crystals are Mysore Rubies from India – not woth much at all and the cab is also from India, I bought it from Sahib for a couple of dollars – its way to opaque to be of much value but I liked the way it showed the zoning so clearly.
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Posted in adventure in Ontario, articles, Bancroft gemboree, bizzare, books, Canada, collecting rocks near Bancroft, crazy things, crystals, Education, environment, exploration, feldspar, fluor-richterite, gemology, gems, gemstones, geography, geology, hiking, Interesting, looking for gems, my life, mystery, nature, Nature/Outdoors, ontario, Ontario's geology, pegmatite, Photography, photos, picture of, rock collecting, rockhounding, rockhounding in Ontario, Rocks & Gems, rocks in Ontario, rockwatching, science, strange places, Travel, wierd, tagged crystals, feldspar, fluor-richterite, gem, minerals, orthoclase, rock and mineral, rockhounding, rockhounding in Ontario on September 21, 2008|
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Just scattered in the woods so densely you can hardly walk without standing on a crystal
I met an interesting gent who runs ecotours for mineral collectors. His philosophy is that the minerals should remain in-situ so that future generations can enjoy them. I had been picking away at a road cutting when my host approached me to introduce himself. Are you a rockhound? I asked.
I have since learned that Mark is more focused on preservation than collecting – which is good. It would be a crime to whack away at this beautiful specimens and turn them into dusty old rocks in someone’s basement. I will be visiting Mark again and if he is agreeable I will display some of his other amazing mineral wonders – all “in-situ” “As god has made them”. On Mark’s tour I saw huge horneblende crystals, long thin spines of fluor – richterite and plenty of red zircon.
Both the fluor – richterite and hornblende are amphiboles though they can be quite easily distinguished apart by the more squat and blocky nature of the hornblende. Fluor – richterite has a diamond shaped cross-section and so it is simply distinguished from a pyroxene family member which tends to have crystal angles at close to 90 degrees.
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