This page will be my index to posts related to minerals and mineral collecting, with a Canadian focus. At this stage I am uncertain how it’s going to develop. Somewhere down the line I may start a new blog devoted entirely to this facet of my life.
I don’t mean this to be an exhaustive study of mineralogy. Emphasis on “exhaustive”. The field of study is vast and highly specialized and websites and offline references are abundant. It is not my intention to re-invent the wheel. Rather, what you can expect to find here are pictures from our collecting trips, how-to tips, and survival tricks (have you encountered the Canadian Blackfly? You know whereof I speak, then!). I’ll also write a kind of Coles Notes on assorted mineral species as the mood strikes. Finally, I’ll include references to other sites that a collector or mineral aficionado might find useful.
From my assorted teaching gigs over the years, I’ve learned that passing along knowledge (and all of the preparation that goes with) is an incredibly effective way to learn something. And since my knowledge of minerals is one or two steps ahead of some and light-years behind most, I’m look forward to what I might learn from sharing with my blogmates.
Would love to hear from you if you have any questions about minerals, mineral collecting, and mineral collectors! And please, PLEASE let me know if you find an error in my posts, scientific or otherwise.
Here are the websites that I frequent on a daily basis.
To support our mineral collecting hobby, from time to time we will sell some of our excess minerals. You will find us at the annual mineral shows in Paris and London. Ontario. Canada. Not THAT Paris or London!
As well, when time and interest allows, we offer some material for sale on e-rocks. Which, in my humble opinion, is the best move we ever made. Check ’em out. Look for the banner RMM Minerals. I’ll post a notice here on WordPress next time we have an auction.
Mindat is THE online resource for minerals. “Mindat is the largest mineral database and mineralogy reference website on the internet. This site contains worldwide data on minerals, mineral collecting, mineral localities and other mineralogical data. This site is growing every day, with new mineral information, localities and photographs added by members.” The purpose of the site is to gather every last scrap of scientific information as it relates to minerals. Everyone is welcome, the message boards are rigidly and fairly moderated, and there is plenty of leeway for fun and games. That said, if your interest is more casual and not so scientific, you might prefer to join up with Mindat members on their Facebook page. There you will find the same group of mineral collectors, but the emphasis here is more “show and tell”. Speaking of show and tell, feel free to visit my Mindat photo gallery!