Bear Lake Diggings Mineral Collection Site

Category: The Great Outdoors
Types: Fossils & Geology
Region: Central Ontario
Address: , Bancroft
Phone: (613) 332-1513
Bear Lake Diggings Mineral Collection Site

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"A must see for all collectors". At the Bear Lake Diggings, a pay-for-use site, a single plunge of a shovel into soft dirt could reveal wonders to behold! This area is famous for apatite, hornblende, titanite, and feldspar. Over time the calcite in the veins dissolves, due to natural acids formed by rain water mixing with leaf litter. As the calcite weathers out, the more resistant silicate minerals are left in the black earth which fills the veins. Mineral collecting is done by digging into the dirt filled veins, to find the loose lying minerals. Permits available from: Chamber of Commerce office, Princess Sodalite Mine, Lakeside Gems.

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