Re: Looking in the Anchorage, AK area
One of the best handbooks for beginning rockhounds is Simon & Schuster's Guide to Rocks and Minerals. It has good information and excellent pictures. The pictures are always on the facing page to the information and they are more typical than is found in most books. "As they come out of the ground"? It depends. Often, the minerals have to be cleaned up a bit.
As for sites in Alaska there are a couple of recommendations. First, click on "Back to the Shop" at the top of this page. Scroll down to U.S. Clubs and look under Alaska. There are a couple, one in Anchorage. Contact them for information. You might find that one of the members would be willing to show you some good sites. Second, go to mindat.org, the Search Pages, and enter Anchorage for Locality. You will get about seven mineral localities in the Anchorage area. Click on any one of them for the list of minerals from that site. However, they may or may not be open for collectors.
KOR (Keep on Rockin')
From Don Peck - October 13, 2007 at 15:01:40