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Field CollectingCollecting rocks

25th Aug 2019 19:25 BSTjose burell

Trying to get some pointers on specimens to collect, if anyone sees anything cool let me know 

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25th Aug 2019 20:25 BSTKyle Beucke


This all depends on what you are interested in!  One way to start might be to collect one of each different looking rock and try to figure out what they might be using whatever geological literature is available for the area.  Or you could collect anything that looks crystalline and try to identify the crystals (it is easier to identify coarse-grained, well -crystallized minerals)

The stuff I collect would probably bore a lot of people, but I find it fascinating.  It all depends on what you like.  



26th Aug 2019 02:21 BSTSteven Kuitems Expert

Fig 7 the black ribbed item in the center looks like it may be a fossil like petrified wood. Pick it up and examin the ends. Most of your pictures are of what appears to be limestone.

26th Aug 2019 03:01 BSTGareth Evans

It is always hard to give a definitive answer to such a question. What you collect can, and does evolve as your collecting experience matures. I have always had a preference for sulphides, sulphosalts and native elements.I have a few minerals from Bolivia that may appear ugly to some, but I have always found Bolivian minerals very interesting. Why? I do not know. Shown is a photo of Franckeite (Potosiite??) from the San Jose mine. It is not the best looking rock I have but I just like it. It has an interesting chemical formula.

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