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Yeah it does, but in most cases you will find xls in just Calcite.. the problem with Apatite in the highlands and Bancroft is it is already fractured in Situ. Which means it's already fractured when it's still in the host material. Getting it out ...
It only occurs usually in Calcite veins in Ontario. You can associate it with Calcite first off, then Mica, and Amphiboles.. You can find them together in masses but a single nice double terminated piece is more rewarding..
Hey Don, pink Fluorite is rare. Try a hardness test and a streak test.. The hardness of Fluorite is 4 and the streak is white.. That will help you identify the mineral. Andrew..
this is real close but lacks the purple, do many come out whole or should I say any? can I coat one with some thing as I dig it out to keep it one piece ?
apatite seems to grow on all kinds of stuff are the doubles common?
Hi Paulette, I've already posted 2 threads regarding this issue.. It seems some members think we know what all specimens are?? yeah right..When you post a picture you can erase the picture ID (ie: mpeg0232) and type in what the piece is called.. A...
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Hey Steve, there is a large Calcite vein dyke that runs East/West for miles.Starts east of Wilberforce and runs right through Tory Hill. There is a similar dyke in around Bancroft as well. If you can find one of these weathered out dykes you can f...
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Hey Steve.. That's Fluo-Apatite xls in a Calcite/Fluorite matrix. Purple being the fluorite.. White being Calcite. From the Haliburton/Bancroft area I presume??
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That would be Fluor-Apatite crystals in a Calicite/Fluorite matrix. Probably from the Haliburton/Bancroft area. My guess who be around the Wilberforce area. Very common specimen from that area. Andrew J..
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I add info to all of my photos. I hope others will too. What good is a photo without a discription, and location where it was found. If you don't know what it is, a location may help someone else identify it for you. Don
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Actually ANY information about the sample in any picture is welcome. The conditions in which the sample is found is interesting too. Many of the samples I find are so "out-of-place" only a good description might find me a reasonable mineral sugges...
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Hi all, I've posted this question before with a few responses. I'll try one last time. There is no point posting a photo of mineral/gem without a description of what it is. I'm not mentioning names but you know who you are. Even a seasoned Geologi...
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My Bancroft Trip

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Just returned today from the Bancroft area of Ontario. Made it to Craigmont Mtn and the Burgess Mine to look for some Corundum.. Corundum from the region is either barrel shaped or pencil like crystals.. I managed to find some small ones at Craigmont, a bluish color and a brown color. At Burgess I found a nice barrel shaped bronze colored xl about 4cmlong. Just a note, I found more Corundum at Burgess. Craigmont has been well picked over for many years so collecting can be spotty or… Continue

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At 12:46am on October 3, 2009, robert james prettie said…
hello andrew I am amazed at some of the jewels you have encountered on your trips. I have found some unique stone right here in the london area but do not know what it is I will take some pictures in the near future and post them on my G mail sight. maybe you can help me identify what these beautiful dark red and swirl patterned stones opaque in nature but the colours are deep red velvet and murky tope are . They swirl togeather in amazing patterns. Please be patient I am a busy procrastinator but I will do my best to get them up here a.s.a.p. for your scrutiny. talk to you soon.
At 5:31am on September 17, 2009, Tony said…
User kiss4me is now banned. Sorry for the late reply.
At 10:12am on August 11, 2009, Cheryl Felka said…
There will be rock and mineral dealers and clubs at the event that you can talk to.
At 2:29pm on August 3, 2009, Shirley Moreau said…
Hi Andrew
Are you still on right now.
At 12:27am on August 3, 2009, Shirley Moreau said…
Hi Andrew

You have found some nice pieces, the blood red Sphalerite I believe is my favorite so far. I just found my first Titanite sphene last weekend. Its my best this summer so far. Keep up the pics. They are great to see!
Shirley Moreau
At 3:53pm on July 26, 2009, Matt McMahon said…
Hi Andrew,

I'm planning a trip to Bon Echo later on in August so I definitely need to take a detour to Bancroft. But that after I get back from BC. My girlfriend and I are driving across Southern BC from Fernie to Vancouver. Do you know of any good places to find good mineral samples out there?

By the way, Excellent photos!


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