Collecting Tools

Tips from the Experts

Storage and Display

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MI & other nearby collecting sites

Picture of beach at Whitefish Point, MI, with link to additional pictures.

Lake Superior Beaches -Apr12 Click HERE for more

Picture of boulder with inclusions, with link to more pictures.

Saginaw Bay Shoreline -Mar12 Click HERE for more

Picture of rock pile at Rockport Quarry, North of Alpena, MI.

Alpena MI Fossils+-- May10 Click HERE for more

Picture of the entry sign at Trammel Fossil Park, Sharonville, OH.

Ohio Rock & Adventure Trip Oct 10

Click HERE for more!

Picture of rock ledge near the Lost River, near Orangeville, IN.

Indiana, Kentucky &Ohio,  Rock & Adventure Trip Oct 11 --Click HERE for more!

Michigan’s Keweenaw Peninsula Sep09 --Click HERE for more!

Picture of Keweenaw beach, MI.

There are many different types of rock, mineral and fossil collectors across the world.  These range from a child finding a rock on the ground that had an interesting color or shape to a serious collector that has several hundred different types of specimens.  There are investors that buy and sell minerals for money to the people that have a few pieces from a memorable vacation or trip.  Some collectors collect only fluorescent pieces, some only crystals while others collect from a favorite area.  No matter what the situation is, they all have one thing in common, the enjoyment of mother earth’s greatest wonder.


Jim Geiger

Rock Collecting

Coming Soon …...

The following websites offer opinions of what is (or may be) needed to collect rock specimens.  It is suggested that you consider your specific needs, for instance:  collecting location, expected types of rock, how far you will have to carry your tools, etc.


· From E-How -- How to Use Rock Collecting Tools (and a tool list buried in the ads!)

· From Rockhounding Arkansas -- Rock Collecting Tools (nice list with tips for use)

· From Inland Lapidary -- Rock Hounding 101 (Lots of info for those just getting started)

Thanks to Jim Geiger and John Copp for supporting this page.

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Picture of the Smithsonian, with link to mineral displays.

Suggestions for display and storage of your collection  Click HERE (and scroll down past the ads! -- it’s worth it.)

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