Since summer is the time to enjoy the weather and undertake activities which have remained in
the planning stage the rest of the year, for those of you which thought that I am nothing more than a lost moron adrift from
one town to the next on a cheap mountain bike , I'd like to set the record straight despite the appearances to mention the
true purpose of such lost escapes leading me towards the very heart of the wilderness. Actually the summer months is the time
to confront the woodlands with the hopes of regaining some lost vitality uncovering a bounty of minerals .
While I don't consider myself as an expert rock hound having the memory of a true bird brain
despite the obvious once considering the associativity of related objects facilitating their memorization, I can by some miracle
of nature make the difference between some rock types and their associated geological environment thus making my quest easier
mostly if I have some ready reference such as a mineral identification guide by my side...
Irrespective of what some of you may think, I am seriously inclined in my quest to find prized
rocks even if what I bring back most often looks like the same dull stones you tend to find just about everywhere. Actually
the samples I do choose are for further analysis despite the cost there is analyzing rocks which can amount to a fortune in
a certified laboratory... Although in actuality I tend to forget about it (sending them to the lab) after a couple of days
which may cause some to question my sanity (I tend to look a little crazy to start with) since if I lose my time collecting
them I should at least try to find out more about them...
To be honest, my time out prospecting for minerals is also a time out to get away from the hectic
pace of life seeking inner peace discovering the woods even if most often I'm only a stone throw away from civilization. Although
I do have a sense of purpose and a serious interest in minerals. I therefore tend to carry the basics including a metal detector
which helps uncover valuable metal sulfide intrusions even if despite the look and the occasional smell some disguised iron
may be the big prize...
The map above gives magnetic anomaly reading and thus theoretically may help improve your chances
of finding a needle in a haystack. Actually while it may be helpful for those which need to uncover mineral lodes, it may
be of limited help to someone as myself which just wants to find the right outcrop that could become a prized collection item
(I'd have better luck in mining waste). Despite the results, I tend to take reference from such data since my curiosity begs
me to despite formally proclaiming that it may lead towards significant discoveries even if most often I'll be out on a wild
goose chase without mention of the reality of lodes far below ground if ever something is to be found once looking for that
To give a crash course on minerals let me just mention that the formation of minerals (including
gems) results from activity associated with volcanism without the volcanoes being the culprits since the process of formation
involves the action of water which percolates through fissures to end up in hot spots within the mantle. Such superheated
water at high pressures (which remains liquid at over 500 degrees centigrade) subsequently escapes supercharged with minerals
which subsequently precipitate with a decline in temperature and pressure... While such precipitated minerals could be deposited
on the ocean floor through hot vents, they can also be deposited in cavities creating the beautiful geodes which are prized
collector items. Either way , most often the proof of such activity is covered by subsequent volcanic flows and tectonic activity
to be uncovered through geological processes (such as mountain lifting and folding) and erosion.
I personally ''discovered'' a treasure trove of garnets at roadside further north. Despite the
limited value of such semi precious gemstones (which considering their abundance were mostly used as abrasives) , their large
sizes, high quality and sheer numbers seemed to make it certain that I'd find somewhere within the rock face and fallen 10
ton boulders a gem worth more than the sand paper dust they are used for.Despite my initial hopes I never did market
As suspected, despite the initial high expectations, the fun part with rocks is trying
to describe them... Although sometimes there are dazzling discoveries to make ! All it takes is the right amount of luck and
first and foremost the right place to go hunting !