Fossil Hunting At Florida's "vulcan Mine"
Posted 22 September 2011 - 12:28 PM
I'm new to the forum so please forgive my ignorance in advance should I improperly post this topic.
I have been fossil hunting throughout Florida ever since I was 7 years old and as time goes by it seems harder and harder to find areas that have yet to be overly excavated and finds are scarce.
I have recently been recommended to try an area called "Vulcan Mine" an old limestone quarry as I understand. I have looked all throughout the internet and have been unable to find any direct information as too where you are aloud to digg at the quarry, what the requirments are (age limits, keep restrictions, entry fee's etc. and was hoping that someone here might be able to point me in the right direction to find this information. It's a good 250 mile trip from where I live, well worth it from what I hear, however I dont want to get all the way out there only to find out you need some kind of special access pass or something of the sort.
Any information on this subject would be of great assistance and would be much appreciated.
Thank you, sincerely,
Tony from Florida
Posted 22 September 2011 - 04:43 PM
I'm not from Florida but have collected at the mine. I went with the Tampa Bay Fossil Club which has some affiliation with the University of Florida paleo department. I think the club goes there at least once per year. I would contact the club for more info and consider joining.
Posted 24 September 2011 - 01:36 PM
Grow Old Kicking And Screaming !!
"Don't Tread On Me"
Posted 24 September 2011 - 02:50 PM
The mines are owned by a business or corporation and depend on the officers of a fossil clubs to coordinate the event, understand the rules/restrictions, and to some extent, enforce those rules (sign the insurance waiver, hard soled shoes, long pants, hard hats, restricted areas, etc.
Besides, belonging to a fossil club is a good thing --
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