Do you need an interesting, educational and entertaining talk or presentation for your meeting or event? David K. Joyce has a number of presentations about various locations or minerals that feature specimen mineralogy, history, collecting trips or other interesting aspects of mineral collecting.
- An agreed upon date. Contact me, asap since I tend to have a full schedule. The sooner we can agree upon a date, the better!
- A suitable topic. Check out the list of topics below and see if any of them would be of interest to your group.
- Expenses. I’d appreciate it if you can defray my costs of travel to, at, and from your event/meeting. We can figure out an estimate of cost before we commit.
- Honorarium. It would be nice if you could offer an honorarium for my efforts. After all, I do take a period of time from home and my business to spend with you!
Please contact me at email@example.com to discuss your needs? It is best to contact me by e-mail since I am often away and don’t have access to telephone messaging.
Calcite Vein-Dykes of the Grenville Geological Province, David K. Joyce
The calcite vein-dykes afford some of the best collecting opportunities in Southern Ontario, South-Eastern Quebec and parts of New York State. While the origin of these interesting intrusive in not well understood, nobody can deny that they have produced awesome mineral specimens of apatite, zircon, titanite, uraninite, ilmenite, magnetite and very large crystals of pyroxene and amphibole group minerals. This presentation will relate the scientific information about these geological enigmas, how to collect them and examples of their mineralogy, featuring many photographs of great specimens!
Collecting Minerals in Morocco, David K. Joyce and Raymond McDougall
I had the opportunity to participate in the 2012 mindat.org conference in Marakech, Morocco, as a speaker. I participated in the mineral collecting trips before and after the conference and, as a result, was able to visit and collect at many classic Moroccan localities. It was great! Mibladen, Bou Azer, Sidi Ayed, Aouli, Sidi Rahal, etc. We had many adventures and activities in the two weeks that we were in Morocco. This presentation shows great scenic photo’s of our travels, the people we met, various localities and the minerals that we saw and collected.
Copper Collecting in Canada (and a bit of Michigan), David K. Joyce
There are some very good localities in Canada where native copper crystals can be or have been collected. Mamainse Point, Ontario, Cape D’Or, Nova Scotia, Kamloops, BC, etc. This presentation outlines a number of these locations, including collecting methods, scenic photo’s and lots of photo’s of nice copper specimens. As a bonus, a quick visit to the Keweenaw Peninsula will be shown and, particularly, photos of great copper specimens at the A.E.Seaman Museum, Houghton, will be shown.
Mont Saint-Hilaire, David K. Joyce and Gilles Haineault
Mont Saint Hilaire is one of the most famous mineralogical environments in the world. It is an alkaline intrusive rich in beryllium, zirconium, titanium and rare earth elements. For decades, the owners generously allowed mineral collectors to visit the site to recover interesting and rare minerals. As a result of cooperation between amateur and professional mineralogists, to date, over 420 different minerals have been found at Mont Saint-Hilaire, 58 of which are new to science. This presentation explores the history of this storied locality, the geology and mineralogical environments, the people involved with collecting and presents many photographs of mineral specimens, particularly those from the collection of Gilles Haineault.
Red Lake Gold Mine, David K. Joyce
For many years during the 1990s and 2000s, the Red Lake Mine, located at Balmertown, Ontario, was the richest Gold Mine in the world and continues to be one of the largest and richest underground mines in the world. I had a contract with Goldcorp Inc., for many years, to collect, prepare, market and sell high grade gold specimens to collectors, investors, museums, universities, etc., and so became very familiar with this mine. Before Goldcorp Inc. found the “High Grade Zone”, the mine was known as the Arthur White Mine and had operated for decades as a modest producer of the yellow metal. Since the discovery of the High Grade Zone, the mine was re-named “The Red Lake Mine” and was modernized to become the envy of the gold mining world. This presentation outlines details of the mine, a smattering of geology, operations and lots of photos of gold specimens!