On this page you have practical
tips on rock collentions.
A home collection
looks like easy to make.
Storage boxes are
cheap to buy and the rest seems easy.
But some practical
information will get you more organised and give your collection
to Find and Collect Rocks and Minerals?
While rocks can be found almost anywhere, some places are better than
others. You can pick a few along roadsides, and beaches are good
however most of the rocks on the beaches will be rounded by water
erosion. Some other great places
to find rocks are where the ground is open,
such as quarries and old mine sites.
Hammer and Other
It is important to have proper field
equipment such as a proper, safe,
geological hammer; a good arrangement of chisels, a hand lens, a
camera; bags and containers where to put collected specimens, a note
book and a pen; a compass and/or a GPS, and of course, safety gear such
as a hard hat, safety glasses and protective gloves.
Tools Home Kit
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home with newly collected specimens, you will need to clean and
identify them, so you need geological
tools. For cleaning you will need brushes,e water, and in
some cases acids such as HCl. For separation of minerals
from the rocks you will need etchers and chisels. And for
identification you'll need scratchers, Mohs' hardness scale, a streak
plate, a magnet, a jolly/spring balance, and maybe a microscope.
Your Rock and Mineral Collection
It is important to be organised both in the field and at home. If you
collection, it will not have any scientific value.
Every speciemen needs to
be labeled in the field, with photos and accompanying
information about it - which, once back home will be entered into a
and Display of Your Mineral and Rock Collection
the fun bit - displaying
your collection. You can choose to either display it on glass shelves
if you have the room; or you can storage it in a box or a drawer. While
storaging it in a box or drawer may sound like less fun, it is actually
good for the minerals, because most of them are most stable when not
exposed to light or changing temperatures. When in unstable conditions,
they can change colours, get dull, or even start altering.
By Pete Lewis
And last but not least, do remember the
It's easy to forget
that rocks are big, hard, heavy things that can hurt you easily.
Collecting rocks under a high cliff? Remember the rock fall and wear a
hard hat. Don't venture into old mining shafts - the wooden structures
that hold the ceilings up are rotten. And, do wear protective gloves
and safety glasses, particularly when hammering rocks.