are few hobbies that can be shared by the whole family. The hobby of
collecting rocks and minerals is one that can interest the entire family.
Rocks and minerals are not only educational, but also entertaining and
fascinating. One of these hobbyists said in an interview that when she
found a new type of rock on her way to New Jersey, she was so overwhelmed
with joy, she felt as if she had found Solomon’s gold mine.
other hobbies, the hobby of collecting rocks and minerals requires that
hobbyist to have at least a basic working knowledge of rocks and minerals.
Rocks are usually made up of one or more minerals. When different elements
combine, the mineral is the result. Minerals are generally without any
definite shape. But, when some of the mineral deposits mold into each
other, it forms a layer with different irregular shapes and sizes. Some
of the minerals also form crystals.
Rocks are easy to collect and classify. Many hobbyists store rocks and
minerals in museum like setups. To know and classify a rock requires
much geological knowledge and experience. Many rock collectors often
sell their rocks and mineral samples. There are many tools available
to break rocks and store them. For sample collection, a hobbyist should
have some formal or informal training in handling the different tools
for rock sampling, so as not to damage the rock.
types of classification exist for grouping the different rocks and minerals.
Some of the classifications are:
Classification by color: Store or group all of the same colored rocks
and minerals together.
Classification by number of elements: Rocks and minerals that have
a certain number of particular elements are stored or grouped together.
by chemical analysis: This type of classification is done only by
geologists; they group rocks and minerals according to their chemical
by crystalline shape: this type of classification is for experienced
hobbyists, since knowledge of crystalline shape and cleavage pattern
is very important.
is possible to find rocks anywhere you go. If you want to get started
with a rock collecting hobby, you can simply go out into your backyard
and dig. Most rock collectors learn to keep their eyes peeled wherever
they go, so that no matter what they are doing they will have the opportunity
to find new and unique rocks. It is rare to meet a rock collector who
will drive great distances to find a rock, but if you are on a family
trip or a business trip, you might as well pick up a few local rocks.
hobby of collecting rocks and minerals is never ending. It is a lifetime
hobby that increases your knowledge with every new rock or mineral found.
To get started, all you need is an identification book and a rock. You
can discover all of the information you need, and officially begin your
collection with that rock. As your collection grows, you will realize
that the hobby only becomes more rewarding over time.
look at the library or the book store today, and find out about the
different types of rocks, as well as the tools that can make your life