Canada

Rocks and specimens from Canada

Canadian Rocks on Display

Tanya at Dans Le Lakehouse has a neat collection of minerals from Canada that she’s had since childhood. She wanted to enjoy her shiny pretty rocks, but they were stored in an opaque cardboard box. One day, she found this glass box that was the same size as the original box and lined it with felt. Then she arranged the specimens by color and hid the name and locality tags underneath the felt. I don’t know why she thinks this is nerdy. Now the rock collection sits on her husband’s desk, adding color to the room. Read her blog post for more details.

What a neat way to display a colorful set of minerals! I think the sodalite and the red jasper are the most eye-catching. Which mineral is your favorite?

Apatite

Apatite is a general name for a group of very soft phosphate minerals that form big crystals that are fun to collect. This red and green double-terminated apatite crystal is 21 inches long! It was found on the Miller Property in Eganville, Ontario, Canada during a CCFMS (Central Canadian Federation of Mineralogical Societies) field trip in July 2002. For more photos and information, and a cute poem about collecting apatite, check out the website linked in the photo, http://www.rocksforkids.com/R&M/apatite.htm