Rockhound - The Series

In this three volume series, ‘Rockhound’, we’ll explore what it means to collect minerals in the skarns and pegmatites of the Canadian Shield. We’ll visit forgotten settlements and ghost towns and I'll show you the famous mining camps of Cobalt, Eldorado and Gowganda. Directions within the ‘Rockhound Series’ will lead you to little known deposits that yield some amazing world-class specimens. When you apply what you’ve learned in the ‘Rockhound Series’ you’ll find crystals and minerals in a diversity of species that will astound you. Spilling from your pockets will be amazonite, tourmaline, zircon, gold, silver, coltan, beryl, fluorite, titanite and more.
Whether you’re a hard-core collector or a casual enthusiast, ‘Rockhound’ will take you where you need to go and show you what you never believed possible in the mines and forests of the north.

  • Volume 1

  • Volume 2


    Volume 3

    Release Date: April 2017. This third volume of the Rockhound Series is entitled Rockhound; A Geography of Collecting. In this book you’ll see Ontario’s mineral deposits in a spacial manner, as they relate to human settlement and ongoing explorations. You’ll be introduced to Thunder Bay’s amethyst mines, the emerald deposits around Rainy River, Ontario’s diamond industry and several other prime collecting localities between Bancroft and Niagara Falls.

  • Rockhound; An Experience of the North

    In this first volume of ‘Rockhound’ we’ll explore the mineral world in the context of the whole experience, the deposits, the landscape and its people. Readers are introduced to some of Ontario’s gold deposits and they will plumb the occurrences of a sodalite seam that runs for several kilometers east of Bancroft. Rockhounds will learn of the titanites and apatites of Renfrew County and also several locations where gem-quality feldspars can be found. As the crystals are dug from the ground they have an irridescent that will match the finest plumage of a peacock. At ‘Old Aimsley’s place you’ll hear his horror stories and then visit the mines in which he worked. it was from there that they extracted radioactives in the 1950’s.

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  • The Author

    Michael Gordon is South African born, but now lives in Guelph Ontario and is a Canadian Citizen. Michael has been an avid traveller through his entire adult life exploring all things geographic and geological. Michael’s wanderings have taken him through Southern and North Africa, Europe, Central America and the Caribbean where he has had the opportunity to practice his two great interests, caving and rockhounding. Michael is a professional gemologist and diamond grader and is well known for a recent book that he had written on ‘Caving in Ontario’. Michael’s first book was published in 2005 by Boston Mills and he is currently midway in the production of the three volume series ‘Rockhound’.

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  • Finding Peristerite at Crystal Lake

    At Crystal Lake’s abandoned uranium mine I explore the tunnels and point out radioactive minerals. Along a nearby creek Jeff and I unearth beautiful peacock-blue peristerite. It comes from the seam within the mine. You will be stunned at what we found.

    Discovery of gem-tremolite at Grace Lake

    At Grace Lake just north of Wilberforce we spend a day extracting lime-green diopside and beautiful spines of transparent tremolite. This video shares the secret of finding more specimens just like the ones we found.

    There’s Still Gold at the Abandoned Eldorado Gold Mine

    The Eldorado Property is still said to hold a layer of rock that's rich in gold and silver. In this video Kim Woodside shows us the original discovery where a single small cavern yielded 3000 ounces of gold and a lump of gold the size of a butternut.

  • Cave Exploration

    Exploring the claustrophobic confines of the Wasteland Waterway Cave near Hamilton Ontario.

    Finding Crystals at Bear Lake, Bancroft, Ontario, Canada

    Bear Lake is one of Ontario's classic mineral collecting localities. You can find titinite, apatite, feldspar and hornblende here in deep calcite trenches.

    Rockhound - Finding Fluorite Crystals in Madoc, Ontario

    Exploring abandoned mines near Madoc Ontario for gem quality fluorite.

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