Finding Thomsonite | A Minnesota Treasure | A Rare Zeolite

Finding Thomsonite | A Minnesota Treasure | A Rare Zeolite

As we head up the North Shore of Minnesota, we are in search of a very rare zeolite called Thomsonite. Typically, I rockhound for other minerals like Lake Superior agates, jasper, prehnite, etc., and have had a lot of experience in finding those minerals! This adventure where we are in search of Thomsonite, is my first official hunt for this beautiful treasure. We had some great luck but I can say I am not completely satisfied and even though we found some gorgeous treasures, I plan to go back and find more! If you want to learn more about Thomsonite, please see these links below:

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  1. Michelle Collier on May 19, 2023 at 8:31 am

    I stayed at Thomspsonite beach on a hiking trip. so beautiful. Didnt really know what i was looking for. I need to go back through my rocks see if i found any. Alway pick up any pretty ones.

  2. Mac&Chz on May 19, 2023 at 8:31 am

    Where were you hunting?

  3. Agate Dad on May 19, 2023 at 8:32 am

    Thanks for watching everyone! Leave a thumbs up πŸ‘ on this video if you want to see another Thomsonite hunt in the future! Don’t forget to hit the subscribe button and share this video, your support helps a lot and is greatly appreciated!!

  4. Heather Lawrence on May 19, 2023 at 8:32 am

    My husband, kids and I drove all the way up north shore until we had to turn around due to no passport to Canada.

  5. dent tech on May 19, 2023 at 8:32 am

    Love the channel man. Keep sharing this passion with the world please

  6. Ioan Șteopoaie on May 19, 2023 at 8:32 am

    Wow. The first thomsonite that you found is exactly the shape of a ring. Wonder if you still got it and reckon is a good idea to drill a hole in the host rock and polish the top?

  7. Terri Radke on May 19, 2023 at 8:34 am

    Did you tumble these at all? Or, would you tumble these as they are so small? But I don’t see any sharp edges. Are they naturally soft shaped? Sorry if my question is stupid, but I am a newbie. Thank You!

  8. Theresa Herrrera on May 19, 2023 at 8:35 am

    Hi mijo….I just watched another video….Omg The Thomsonite….I’m going going to the lake again in July….one day I’ll be able to go look more….lol….husband said oh no you watching your rock collector grdson….lol ….I sure hope you went back and chisel it….

  9. Obie O'Brien on May 19, 2023 at 8:35 am


  10. Debbie Lucas on May 19, 2023 at 8:37 am

    Love your channel, you and Rob from Michigan Rocks are my favorites. You both have premium channels. You both are my go to for knowledge on rocks, you don’t profess to be experts, but you got my vote for being the best! I discovered your channel by watching Rob’s.

  11. Jaduk Channel on May 19, 2023 at 8:39 am

    thomsonite in Indonesia there too… πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

  12. Kat`s Alluring Treasures on May 19, 2023 at 8:39 am

    I got a book on places to go here in CA, going to try another spot this week. Hope to start learning more that I can know what I am looking for better 😁 love that Thompsonite

  13. Susan Selko-Millman on May 19, 2023 at 8:40 am

    Northern mudlarks gave you a shout out to look you up.

  14. DaVid Longest on May 19, 2023 at 8:40 am

    Find better than that in Duluth Mn at Two Harbors – (Agate Bay Beach ) got 7 very beautiful specimens

  15. Patricia Williams on May 19, 2023 at 8:42 am

    That is a beautiful rock

  16. Donnica Spiritual Products & Healing on May 19, 2023 at 8:44 am

    Hey I have Thomsonite minerals if you want do let me know.

  17. Ray Walker on May 19, 2023 at 8:45 am

    Wow you lucky

  18. Avaloch93 on May 19, 2023 at 8:48 am

    I came here on the suggestion of the Northern Mudlarks, you have a great site, best of luck from a Rhode Island transplant. I do miss the Great Lakes.

  19. Ed The Rock Hound on May 19, 2023 at 8:50 am

    Ahh that’s funny with the tea . I do a cup a day with lemon juice and honey . That’s my after work treat I’m a coffee guy In the am . I have to get out tomorrow and do some rock hounding where up in the 70’s all weekend . Weird last week we had snow and now it’s summer . That’s life in New England

  20. City Rockhounding on May 19, 2023 at 8:55 am

    Holy crap, those are beautiful. Never heard of this rock before. Thanks for sharing your journey it’s very entertaining and relaxing! Alright, planning a trip with my family up north!!!

  21. Norbie Kawiak on May 19, 2023 at 8:57 am

    What a treat to be here

  22. Jon Dillinger on May 19, 2023 at 8:58 am

    Over the summer I was agget picking in my driveway and I found a 80 pound bolder that had some jasper and quarts and what appears aget but not sure if u possable could identify it ill send u some pic I am also Duluth native I live in fredenberg by egals nest

  23. Daniel Owens on May 19, 2023 at 8:59 am

    Good day Agate Dad. I’m still slowly watching your videos. Only 8 months behind you. I will catch up some day! We stayed near that beach this past September. As I was preparing for some picking, was researching on my mobile device in the hotel, and that is how I found this channel. I watched your video, which helped us find a few pieces. My spouse found a gorgeous piece that was not attached to any host rock. Anyways, me researching Thomsonite is how I stumbled onto your channel. And I started watching way back from Day 1. Probably have 40-50 videos to watch to get completely caught up. Keep up the great work my man and hopefully I can meet you this August or September for a combo of trout/hounding. Peace out. DanO

  24. Jeneane Herzog on May 19, 2023 at 8:59 am

    I’m still binge watching!!! Glad Alex mentioned you! One of the best parts is the slide show!! Congrats on the "lil bro"!!!πŸ˜†

  25. Wise Guy on May 19, 2023 at 9:00 am

    My grandparents actually live literally 2 minutes from Thomsonite beach i literally have buckets of them… never knew they were that rare 😁

  26. Joseph Kerley on May 19, 2023 at 9:00 am

    How will that hold up to tumble polishing?

  27. Phyllis Williams on May 19, 2023 at 9:00 am

    Found you from Northern Mudlarks’ recommendation!

  28. Judy Peters on May 19, 2023 at 9:01 am

    Northern mudlarks said we should check out your channel. Really enjoy your videos. Time to subscribe!

  29. Sandra Lane on May 19, 2023 at 9:03 am


  30. JoAnn Hempen on May 19, 2023 at 9:03 am

    I’m here from Gail and Alex’s Channel ….Northern Mudlarks❀️ I really enjoyed your video!!. Loved and Subbed!!

  31. patricia mckean on May 19, 2023 at 9:03 am

    Such beautiful minerals…even though small and on host rocks. I often wonder what cause certain things to occur in nature πŸ€”

  32. Joyce Shotwell on May 19, 2023 at 9:05 am

    Agate Dad, Northern Mudlarks recommended you. Love this video. Love those bands. What exactly is the scoopie tool you were using? Where can I get one?

  33. C C on May 19, 2023 at 9:06 am

    Hi again!
    Catching up now on your vids and found this one that really brought back those memories I spoke of. That area is soo beautiful and special and does have many treasures ready to be found. On your quest for the more rare you still found some interesting pieces. Must say your map underlay for display is a way cool idea! So enjoy your vids also because your nature photography is wonderful and really expands yet compliments your hunts. Nice job! I’ll catch up eventually but in the meantime thx so much for sharing.

  34. Heather Lawrence on May 19, 2023 at 9:08 am

    Nice finds!

  35. Silverback on May 19, 2023 at 9:08 am

    Howareya Taylor, ripper little agates, when you said you were going to cut the small agate I was trying to let you know to try the Dremmel, but you weren’t taking notice of " the force". πŸ˜œπŸ˜‚. More seriously would a Dremmel be an option to remove the material on the top of those agates as it looks on video that those agates growths appear to have height/depth in the growth and by cutting them it might remove to much material. Very interesting looking agates, I hope you find a larger piece for us to look at. I was wondering if there might be more available under water were fewer people are prepared to search for them unless they have a glass bottom boat.
    Are those agates washed in from a outcrop offshore or are they from onshore and then eroded onto the shore line. An interesting agate that certainly makes you start thinking if they are so localised.
    Maybe you can go for dive and have a look underwater, I’ve always wondered what a "Taylor Popsicle" would look like. πŸ˜œπŸ˜….
    Keep Safe & Keep Rockin.

  36. 307 ARTist on May 19, 2023 at 9:09 am

    the thompsonite i have is green red and white. its a tiny piece i happened to get at a garage sale. i have yet to try to find my own naturally. im in the twin cities and dont drive so the trip that far north is hard for me to make. but i do alot of agate hunting in the cities here in just landscape rocks and construction sites.

  37. Ghary Calief on May 19, 2023 at 9:11 am

    βœ‹Hallo.., Im from Indonesia.
    I have a pendant shaped thomsonite, are you interested in buying from me? if you are interested, you can contact me via WhatsApp..

  38. Debra Twidle on May 19, 2023 at 9:13 am

    Thompsonsite beach was always a stop on our way to Grand Marais. I have a small container of them collected in the 50s & 60s.they have beautiful eyes, that creamy pink banding and are quite large. They should be roundish in their complete form. A little hint, I used to hike into the hills. You can still find larger stones imbedded in the granite across the roadπŸ˜‰

  39. Espresso Dave on May 19, 2023 at 9:18 am

    Do all the rocks on Superior, just work there way to the shores or? God sure made many beautiful rocks! Thanks.

  40. alessia0064 on May 19, 2023 at 9:18 am

    Hello Taylor, just popped over from Gail and Alex Northern Mudlarks channel. I haven’t watched a lot of your content yet but what I have seen is fantastic. You have a new subscriber from UK πŸ™‚πŸ‘

  41. ThatOneSceneDude on May 19, 2023 at 9:19 am

    That pornhub drum beat lol

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  43. Kala Fullerton on May 19, 2023 at 9:19 am

    Where did you get the scoop? I am hoping to get up north to find more rocks! I am 6 hours away…

  44. Cowboy Spencer on May 19, 2023 at 9:20 am

    Found myself on this very beach today. Found some awesome stuff but nothing as clear as your show piece

  45. soul_adventurist on May 19, 2023 at 9:21 am

    Oh nice! I love the Grand Marais area. I thought Thompsonite was a Michigan thing. Glad to know we have it in MN❀

  46. Velma Munoz on May 19, 2023 at 9:22 am

    Heading up to Grand Marais area in Aug 2021. Just made my reservation for motels. Can’t wait to go up. Hope to be lucky and find some cool specimens.

  47. Theo Kellison on May 19, 2023 at 9:24 am

    Man that stuff is just awesome! I had never heard of thomsonite before this, too cool! Looking forward to see some more! IDK why but it kinda reminds me of Larimar, just pink instead of blue. Awesome hunt!

  48. Espresso Dave on May 19, 2023 at 9:27 am

    What kind of saw are you using?

  49. Patricia Williams on May 19, 2023 at 9:28 am

    Nice video Taylor, the rocks are very pretty.

  50. Braden Hopkins on May 19, 2023 at 9:30 am

    Seeing the beach in this video after seeing you get scuba gear makes me wonder what you could find off shore!

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