Adirondack Rocks & Minerals

 

Attention Rock Hounds, the Adirondacks have some nice field spots for rock hounding.  Local minerals include Wollastonite, Quartz, Garnet, Dolomite, Sphalerite and our favorite "Herkimer Diamonds."   If you prefer just collecting, please visit our "Rock Shops"  Mother Nature makes beautiful works of art!

 

 

Adirondack Mineral

Most minerals can be found in different variety of colors

 

Garnet  

 

Mined in the Adirondacks at our own Barton Mines, North Creek - (NY State's Gem, and our Gore Mountain has a rich deposit. Use for sandpaper, jewelry.  January's birthstone)

 

Graphite  

 

(industrial use due to the  conductivity of heat/electricity and high refractoriness, well used in paints as a good water repellant & our pencils)

Pyrite 

 

(Ornamental and used in the manufacturing of paper and the creation of sulfur gas)

 

Sphalerite 

Mined in the northwestern Adirondack region for zinc ore -

(Zinc) (NY ranks 5 in production of zinc, for copper to make brass, plumbing pipes, fireworks, coins and pharmaceutical products)

 

Mica 

 

(used in gypsum wallboard joint compound, electrical industry as insulators, and plastics)

Magnetite 

 

An iron ore used in the production of steel, uses as an abrasive, and even toner)

 

Talc 

Minted in the northwest Adirondacks - (major use in paper,  also plastic, pharmaceutical, ceramics and familiar hygiene products)

Dolomite  

 

(Common to NY and used in building stone and highway paving)

Wollastonite

 

(Nation's leading producer found in the Adirondacks, used for ceramics, dental cleaning match heads, brake linings, paint, and car bumpers)

 

Quartz 

 

(the Mohawk Valley boasts proudly their "Herkimer Diamonds".  Quartz is used in electronics, insulation and optics)

 

Slate  

 

(used for billiard tables, roofing, gravestones, flooring and many garden decorations)

 

Halite  

 

Mines in central and western New York (salt mined in the central & western parts of NY)

Titbit:  "What do the moon and the plant Mars have in common with New York State?"  The DEC says "The moon contains anorthosite, an igneous rock composed primarily of feldspar, which can be found in the High Peaks of the Adirondack Mountains.  Mars contains the mineral hematite, the most abundant and important ore of iron which can also be found in Clinton County.

 

Adirondack Rock or Stone Shops

Attention Shop Keepers:  If we have missed your shop, please e-mail us to post (free)

 

Adirondack Custom Granite 2690 Route 9N Ausable Forks 518-647-8600
Adirondack Gem & Rock Shop   Saranac Lake  
Bay Street Bead Works 88 Bay Street Glens Falls 518-798-BEAD
Blue Mountain Design & Gem Mining Route 30 Blue Mountain Lake 518-352-7361
Carnes Granite Co. 2726 Route 9N Ausable Forks 518-647-8192
Crystal Grove Diamond Mine & Campground 161 County Highway 114 St. Johnsville 800KRY-DIAM
Delczeg's Discoveries (beads & minerals) 4717 State Route 8 Riparius 518-494-2666
Garnet Mine Tours & Gore Mountain Mineral Shop Barton Mines Road North River 518-251-2706
Graphite Mountain Stoneworks Graphite Mountain Road Hague 518-543-0040
Herkimer Diamond Mines, Inc. 800 Mohawk Street Herkimer  
Joe & Company (Minerals, Fossils, Beads) 4717 State Route 8 Riparius 518-251-2596

Natural Stone Bridge & Caves (rock shop & tour)

Stone Bridge Road Pottersville 518-494-2283
Naturescapes 4U, Inc. Alpine Mall, Main Street Lake Placid 518-523-4000
Twin Crystal Rock Shop   Saranac Lake  
Two Horse Trade Company 15 Broadway Saranac Lake 518-891-4055
Stones-N-Bones (rocks, minerals, gifts) Route 30 Hope 518-863-6412

 

 

Resource Links

DEC Division of Mineral Resources

http://www.nysam.org

Many Facets

(rock hounding guide for Eastern NY)

Essex Mines Warren County Mines  

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