Category: Mining & Geology

Garnet Mining in the Adirondacks

By Judy Brown Garnet Studio The largest Garnet Mining operation is located in the small hamlet of North River. The current operation is located off the 13th Lake Road on Ruby Mountain. The most interesting mine is on Gore Mountain. You can access this mine by taking Barton’s Mines Rd. from Rt 28 in North … Read More

Geology of the Gore Mountain Garnet Mine

Garnet Mine Tours The following story of the geological history of the Gore Mountain Garnet Mine of the Baron Mines Corporation follows closely the generally accepted theories of Adirondack geologists; however, there are many divergent opinions as to the geology and ore genesis. My main objective is to supply a literary treatise on this fascinating … Read More

The Garnet Story

Garnet Mine Tours Near North Creek, New York, five miles up Gore Mountain from the State Highway, Route 28, is the entrance to the Barton Mines Corporation, produces of garnet abrasives since 1878. Here the largest garnet mine in the world supplies about 90% of the world’s garnet. Some gem garnet is included in its … Read More

Adirondack Rocks

The Adirondack Mountains are part of an ancient belt of rocks which were formed over a billion years ago. Hard to imagine, yet evidenced by the known creation and accumulation of the various types of rock found in the area. Originally, the rocks of the southeastern Adirondacks were primarily sedimentary rocks layered with volcanic rock, … Read More

Lake George Region Geology

The glacial geology of the Lake George region has been influenced by millions of years of sculpturing and carving by ice and water. With extremely powerful forces of nature at work, great sheets of ice moved across the area acting as giant sheets of sandpaper. The rocks and boulders frozen in the base of the … Read More

Jewels in the Adirondacks

By Judy Brown Garnet Studio It is out of the way, unique and well worth the trip if you love gems and jewelry. Joe and Judy Brown of Garnet Studio in North River own a small shop that sits on a hill overlooking Gore Mountain. Joe is a retired school teacher and gem faceter and … Read More