There are a few very special localities around the world where fluorescent collecting is above par. I have been fortunate enough to have visited many of them; my observations are posted here. I also do my best to get out and find areas around the middle/eastern Tennessee area, Kentucky, and southern Illinois. In a few cases I have special knowledge of an area, but may not have visited the area personally. I include them here also for the benefit of our readers.
Ilimaussaq Complex, Greenland - From 2001 to 2011 I arranged Fluorescent Mineral Tours for groups of 5 to 7 people, and explored the Ilímaussaq Complex in Southern Greenland yearly. These pages describe many of the new minerals I found and offer a view into the unique experience collecting in one of the remotest areas in the world.
Long Lake Zinc Mine, Canada - This zinc deposit in southern Ontario is relatively easy to get to (for folks living in the NE) and offers up some great specimens for a little hard work.
Columbia Mine, KY USA - Located in southwest Kentucky, the Columbia Mine was opened by Andrew Jackson in the early 1800's. It is situated in the famous Illinois-Kentucky fluorospar belt and is but one of hundreds of little mines that have operated in this area from 1800 to the late 20th century.
Minerva Mine #1, IL USA - The Minerva mine was located in Illinois and is part of the Illinois/Kentucky fluorospar district. It was the largest orebody in that district. Discovered in 1940 it was mined off and on until 1996.
Langban, Sweden - A metamorphosed manganese-iron deposit with extremely complex skarns and pegmatites. Approximately 300 minerals are found in the Långban area, many of which are unique to this locale. The mineralogy is similar to that of Franklin NJ, and the fluorescent minerals rank among the most attractive.
Langesundsfjorden, Norway - In 2007 myself and a good friend visited the famous Langesundfjord area in southern Norway. This area is perhaps the most mineralogically spectacular area in Norway.
Puttapa Zinc Mine, Australia - (Adobe Acrobat) A relatively unknown and obscure zinc deposit in a remote area of the Australian Outback has recently become famous for producing dramatic fluorescent specimens of willemite mixed with several other minerals.
Dry Creek Prospects, TN USA - I live 20 minutes from the famous Elmwood mine in central TN. There are several "not so famous" prospects w/ similar minerals (but massive in nature) that were active in the early 1900's. Amazingly, a couple of them are located in the mountains around my house.
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