Mineral Group: PHOSPHATES
- Apatite is a mineral that used to
be used as a source of fertilizers. Today other minerals are used for
fertilizers. In Ontario, apatite is no longer being mined for
- Apatite minerals
form gemmy, colorful, hexagonal crystals. Its use for jewellery is
mainly limited to earrings because it is soft and brittle.
- Rockhounds enjoy collecting apatite crystals
because large, well formed crystals can be found.
- Crystal faces show glassy, shiny,
- The apatite crystal is
It is shaped like a 6 sided prism and comes to a blunt
- Crystals can be
elongated or stubby.
Apatite, 21" X 7" X 6.5" July 2002 "Elfi's Trench", Miller
Property, Eganville, Ontario CANADA
This large doubly terminated apatite crystal was found in July 2002 during a
CCFMS field trip to explore the old "Lost Mine", Eeny Mine & Smart Mine
crystals often grow in clusters. This cluster of apatites shows how the
crystals grow because the calcite that used to be around the minerals
has been leached away by water in the soil.
- In Eganville, Ontario apatite crystals are mainly
red though there are also green apatite crystals that are quite gemmy.
Other minerals found in this formation are biotite mica, titanite,
feldspar and pink calcite.
- Mineral crystals like these apatite crystals
and black mica are often found inside
deposits of other minerals. In this case they are in pink calcite.
Apatite crystal in calcite from
Miller Property, Eganville, Ontario CANADA
Apatite crystals can be found by digging in forest
soil in known locations. Often loose crystals can be found at the foot
A Poem about Rock Collecting - Digging for Apatites in Eganville, Ontario
The peaceful silence of the northern woods, interrupted by a wail,
A soaring screaming roar, louder than a stomped on tigers tail.
A cloud of dust obscures a man, how can he see to use that tool,
With nothing to cover his nose and ears, I think the manís a fool.
Suddenly the screaming noise stops, I think I have gone deaf.
The dust cloud drifts on by, but I keep on holding my breath.
Out of this swirling maelstrom, staggered a large ghostly form,
Coughing and hacking, he lugged a saw that had caused this dusty storm.
I guess he had some trouble; his saw had broken down.
Behind the mask of dust, his face displayed a worried pasty frown.
I guess Nick was finished for the day; the Apatite can wait.
However, Elfi kept finding more crystals; and they were looking great
The best laid plans of mice and men sometimes go awry.
Nick had brought that saw along and he just had to give it a try.
While he cut one out for his wife, the others were finding more.
Soon Nick had a full time job, I began to hate that rock saws roar.
Crystals of Apatite, some of exceptional size, like something from a dream.
They cleared off a Calcite vein they looked like salmon going up a stream.
Now there is a quandary, do we go or do we stay,
The planned trip was interrupted, they stayed another day.
Part of us stayed to the plans, we took the scheduled trip.
More than half went back to the trenches, old Frank near had a fit.
Two more days of pounding, another broken saw,
More large crystals were being located, there ought to be a law.
Well this trip is finally over and we missed a place or two,
I cannot say it wasnít interesting and Iím really not too blue.
Nickís planning went out the window, next year will be better I am told,
I hope your appetite for Apatite is sated Elfi, next time pick on gold.
by Dick Stata Aug. 24th. Thinking back on the 2002 CCFMS summer trip.
Apatite in calcite, Comet Mine, Quebec,
Blue Apatite from
Roadcut on Faraday Road, Cardiff, Ontario CANADA
Bear Lake Claim, Bancroft, Ontario CANADA
Otter Lake Claim, Otter lake, Quebec CANADA
Otter lake, Quebec CANADA