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Found 4 results

  1. Hey there, just moved to Charlotte area from up in CT. I got bit by the fossil bug bad up there in Little Falls NY, fell in love with trilobites and the "just one more." So, having just settled in, I am looking for places to go hunting nearby. I know there's a place in the Uwharrie to find petrified wood, and the eastern rivers have shale and fossil beds, but can't quite find any open or legal locations defined enough to be able to drive to them. In the rare case I can make it to the coast, I'll be beachcombing for hours if anyone can point me to a decent shoreline. I'm interested in any sites to go fossil digging, as well as anywhere to go rockhounding within 3-4 hours of Charlotte. There are so many mines just west of Charlotte that are just the sluice and "buy a bucket", or mines that seed the area with rocks from Brazil and such, I'm looking for a native-rock mine that gives a decent chance. I don't have any machinery (unless a metal detector and UV lamp counts), but I've done my time splitting shale/limestone, and have a good eye for tiny things. I like digging holes in debris piles, rainy days that make things shine, and meeting people covered in mud, doing crazy things just to find a really cool "rock". My move to NC has been amazing so far, everyone is so much less frenzied than up north, and y'all are great! If anyone can point me in a gps direction, thanks!
  2. Rockhounding Wisconsin Review

    In late spring the book Rockhounding Wisconsin was released. I had pre ordered it as I was excited they were making one of these books for my home state. I have several of the other ones for other states and love them. I waited several months and when I finally received it, read it cover to cover over 2 days. From a fossil hunter viewpoint I was seriously disappointed. From a fossil standpoint, almost every single site listed is listed here on this site somewhere. There are many a couple locales at most I wasn't familiar with, and only 1 of which might allow collecting. The author also is not very knowledgeable as to the laws of collecting as almost every site he said he wasn't sure about collecting status. From a responsible collectors point of view, this is one of the most pertinent parts of information. This information should have been sought out more so than the random filler commentary in the book. From someone seeking out gems and other shiny or fun rocks like agates, it's ok as Wisconsin isn't really known much for that. The sections on those are also quite vague saying things like, you should be able to find this even though I didn't because of the time of year. From a geology standpoint, I thought there was a lot of information on the various formations throughout Wisconsin. If you just want to find a bunch of rocks from different formations, time periods, etc, then this is a great book. There are tons of sites where you can find things like various limestones, banded rocks, etc. Overall I would give it 3 stars only because the geology aspect. I understand it's a rockhounding book, and not a fossils and shiny object book, the latter of which my kids and I enjoy collecting. To me the book just feels forced, like the author just drove the major freeway through the state and picked locales that were close to the road. He even says many times about his family being with him so this undoubtedly influenced him going off the beaten path to find some real good places. His commentary also will rub some Wisconsinites the wrong way talking about poisoning our country with lead producing past and cheese producing now(obesity). Personally unless you're a geology student or someone who just really different looking random rocks, I wouldn't recommend purchasing this book. Stick to the advice of the forum and save yourself 20 bucks.
  3. Herkimer Diamond Trip

    I am planning on taking my kids to the Herkimer Diamond Mine on Saturday May 6. I am wondering if anyone would be interested in meeting up.
  4. Masslite Quarry

    Does anyone know if the Masslite Quarry in Plainville, MA is still closed for collecting?
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