Why St. Lawrence County
Why collect St. Lawrence County mineral specimens?
Wouldn’t it make more sense to collect a specific species or perhaps minerals
from anywhere in New York State? Maybe, but I have chosen this course of action
for a number of reasons:
Specificity. A topic as narrow as this allows one to become
an expert in the field. I have lived most of my life in this area and have
collected its minerals in the field for more than four decades. Slowly but
surely I work my way toward mastery of this topic.
Diversity of species. The mostly metamorphic geology of the
region has allowed for a large variety on species to form here. New species
are being discovered and due to their complexity, old species are being
Scientific interest. Though not always aesthetic the minerals
of this area hold scientific interest to me and others. This can be seen in
the dozens of fine articles about the minerals of St. Lawrence County in the
periodicals of the past decade.
Field collecting possibilities. St. Lawrence County has been
debated as being the top county in the US for mineral collecting since the
1800s. It still provides ample opportunity to collect quality specimens at
historic as well as contemporary locations.
Geography. Living in the region I study and collect minerals
from has its obvious advantages.