Little Lakes Valley, California

Old Rock-Collecting Texts

Below are scanned PDFs of old (but still useful) texts about rock collecting localities. As these documents have been long out-of-print (or were never even widely distributed), I've decided to host scanned versions here so that other rock and mineral collectors can have access to them. The copyright holders should contact me if they take exception to this.

Mineral Collecting Sites in North Carolina, W.F. Wilson and B.J. McKenzie, North Carolina Geological Survey Information Circular 24. (You can access the overview map for this publication at the UNC-Chapel Hill North Carolina Maps Digital Collection.)

Minerals of Los Angeles County, California, W.E. Sharp (1959).

Useful Links

The National Geologic Map Database - A useful resource for finding geologic maps of specific areas of interest. Many of the maps, although unfortunately not all, are freely available online.

USGS Publications Warehouse - A good resource for digging up USGS reports that can provide useful geologic information for areas of interest. The USGS has very kindly put (almost) all of their reports online.

USGS topoView - A web portal for accessing USGS topographic maps.

BLM National Data Map - A useful tool for determining land ownership.

BLM Navigator - The poorly conceived replacement for GeoCommunicator, which was a very handy tool for quickly finding BLM lands or for easily determining if an area is on BLM lands. - An excellent website that provides information both about every mineral imaginable and about localities across the world at which the awesome minerals may be found. Extremely useful. - A handy tool that allows one to quickly and easily check out USGS topo maps for an area of interest. - Another useful rockhounding website.

Coordinate Converter - Online tool to convert Lat/Lon to UTM coordinates and vice versa.

AZ Parcel Viewer - A web portal for determing land ownership/management status in Arizona. Similar to the now-defunct BLM GeoCommunicator.

AZGS Document Repository - Online archive of digitized Arizona Geological Survey publications.

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