Rocks, minerals and crystals where to find them,or collecting in your backyard
Collecting rocks and minerals is a fun and refreshing hobby.Rocks are the nature of the earth.Minerals are the building blocks of rocks.All rocks are made up of one or more minerals.There are three basic rock classes igneous,sedimentary and metamorphic.Each class has different divisions.A good field guide book will describe these and is a good tool when out collecting.
Where to go collecting?This is one of the questions that always comes up over and over again from the new members of this hobby.It seems we do not see the obvious at times?Rocks are all over!You can start right in your backyard at times.There are however some better places to look then others.Quarries and mines are a great place to search for rocks and minerals.Both old quarries and mines and working quarries and mines offer great areas to collect at.Roadcuts and construction sites.Anywhere that rock has been moved or broken up also is a good places to look.Along rivers and streams where the water has cut through the rock.Cliff faces on hills and mountains.Bluffs,open plains and glacial boulders.Anywhere that rocks are exposed offer a place to collect at.
locally we have a trap rock quarry which contains pockets with Herkimer Diamonds in it.This rock is used to line the drainage ditches along highways,as gravel for driveways and parking lots and under bridges as an erosion control.I have found Herkimer Diamonds at these places.
In another case a shopping mall was being built.The construction company had to blast and remove rock for the drainage and sewage systems.They were many fine mineral specimens found in the exposed rock face and broken up rocks.Emeralds were actually found at this site!
There are fee collecting sites.These are great places to collect and you will almost always get what you are looking for at these.Locally we have several sites for Herkimer Diamonds.
So rocks can be found if you look around.Go ahead and check it out.
Museum mineral collection
Rocks and Minerals
My Etsy Shop
- Gifts of Creation by rocksNwraps on Etsy
Hand made & natural items from the natural world.Unique items and one of a kind jewelry.Many pieces are made with minerals and crystals collected
- Mineralogy Database - Mineral Collecting, Localities, Mineral Photos and Data
The web's most comprehensive and regularly updated mineralogy database with information on minerals from around the world and thousands of photos
Sterling Hill Mine>fee collecting site
- Sterling Hill Mining Museum - Ogdensburg, NJ
Sterling Hill Mining Musuem mine in mining districts in Ogdensburg, NJ. Nonprofit foundation in furtherance of mining preservation, scientific research, earth science education
Crystal Grove Mine > fee collecting site
- Crystal Grove Diamond Mine And Campground : Dig For Herkimer Diamonds
Crystal Grove Diamond Mine & campground Located at the foothills of the Adirondacks our spacious, wooded campground is adjacent to Herkimer Diamond quartz crystal mineral mines, Cabin, RV and Tent sites available.
Rockhound State Park
- Rock Hound State Park, Deming, New Mexico
Rock Hound State Park, in the Little Florida Mountains of southwest New Mexico - small park where semi precious stones may be collected
- Vermont Geological Survey home page
Geology and Mineral Resources Division - Vermont Geologic Survey- aid and advice, researches Vermont geology, resources, and topography, creates maps, archives information for the public, low-level radioactive waste disposal,part of the Department of
New York Geology
- New York State Geological Survey:unofficial gateway
The unofficial gateway to the resources of the New York State Geological Survey
- Diamond Mines - Crater of Diamonds State Park
Visit Crater of Diamonds State Park, where you can dig for diamonds, learn about the history of diamond mines, see Arkansas wildlife and much more at the worlds only diamond-producing site open to the public.
Sterling Hill Mine Ogdensburg New Jersey
The Sterling Hill Mine, now known as the Sterling Hill Mine Tour & Museum of Fluorescence, is a former iron and zinc mine in Ogdensburg, Sussex Co