Geology in Massachusetts (boring or not)

Reply Mon 6 Jan, 2014 01:58 pm
Hello everyone. Me and my son went to North Carolina to a mine to look for rocks and we found a lot. It was a lot of fun. Now my son is asking what we can do around our own state which is Massachusetts. I love doing it but it seems that Massachusetts just does not have anything precious to look for. Is that true and why? I can't seem to find information on why this state is so boring. Precious Stones (no), Metals (no). Why?
Reply Mon 6 Jan, 2014 02:14 pm
The glaciers scraped us clean. :-)

There are still lots of interesting rocks in Massachusetts, but it will be very different from North Carolina mostly because of the glaciers.
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Reply Mon 6 Jan, 2014 03:24 pm
Plymouth rock was disappointing in size, but was interesting to look at it during a visit with relatives many years ago.

This website has some suggestions for geologic sightseeing around Boston.


And here are some photos of some of the sights mentioned

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Reply Tue 7 Jan, 2014 05:31 am
Go get yourself some of the "ROADSIDE GEOLOGY" books. There is a pretty good text by jim Skehan called The Roadside Geology of MAssachusetts which introduces you to actual field trip and collecting sites. Thers also two more (Roadside Geology of Vermont and New Hampshire) and Roadside Geology of Maine. These are all good books and youll be able to find a piece of your STATE MINERAL, which is? (this is a quiz)
Reply Tue 7 Jan, 2014 05:55 am
This aint boring. The green stuff is called prehnite. The black stuff is your state mineral

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