A Report of Our February meeting

 A Report of Our February Meeting by Liz Kennedy Mineral Collecting Sites in Northern and Southern Ontario; with  Michael Gordon. Michael introduced us to some very interesting sites to go […]

 A Report of Our February Meeting by Liz Kennedy

Mineral Collecting Sites in Northern and Southern Ontario; with  Michael Gordon.

Michael introduced us to some very interesting sites to go rock hounding, mineral collecting and cave exploring in

Michael Gordon

Ontario.
Michael particularly likes untouched, unexplored caves. He does not mix caving with rock hounding or mineral collecting. He believes caves should be left as they are found. Some of these features have taken so long to form that they should remain untouched and should not be removed.

He has written several books. His first book Rock Watching is no longer in print. He also wrote a series of three books.

Book 1 Rockhound: an Experience of the North.
Book 2 Rockhound: Opening the Treasure Chest.
Book 3 Rockhound; A Geography of Collecting (soon to be released)

He also has a website. www.rockhoundbook.com where he has links to some YouTube videos he has made while investigating the various sites. Check it out.

Some places he suggests for investigation are the Crystal mine across from Wallington Feldspar Mine. The feldspar mine has beautiful turquoise water that locals play hockey on in winter; the Smart Mine in Cobalt. The miners were looking for apatite and left the zircons behind. The Quadville Beryl Pit has tantalite in it. The Marmora Mine: this is where the Bobcaygen Formation meets the Canadian Shield. The strata are visible. Buried Pond Creek in Guelph is where the sandstone for the parliament buildings in downtown Toronto was mined. These buildings reflect the stone mined in the area. Bancroft has silos where the uranium containing rock was mixed with sulphuric acid and the yellow fudge containing the uranium was collected. At the Silver Crater Mine you can dig in the scree pile to find nice apatite crystals. Check for appropriate airflow before entering. The Forks of the Credit have barite crystals which appear as flattened orange spines. The Thorold Quarry contains calcite and dolomite. The Spring Creek Quarry allows you to collect in the sedimentary strata. In the Madoc area, all mines are on the fissure that crosses the lake. The Perry Mine, Rogers Mine, Noyes Mine and the Kilpatrick Mine are the names of a few that are in the Madoc area.
We thank Michael for an excellent presentation and we wish him much success with his caving, rock and mineral collecting and his publishing projects.