Meet Mike Howard

Mike Howard

J. Michael Howard is a native Arkansas registered professional geologist. An avid mineral collector, he has written many articles for collectors as well as the scientific community. Several of his articles have appeared in Rocks and Minerals magazine as well as special edition mineral publications for collectors.

Rockhounding Arkansas is presented by Mike and Darcy Howard, for your information and enjoyment of mineral collecting.

Welcome to Rockhounding Arkansas

Arkansas is famous around the world for quartz crystals, diamonds, and interesting rocks and minerals. Here is the authoratative guide to rockhounding and mineral collecting in our state.

If you are a beginner or an accomplished mineralogist, you'll want to read through the stories and information presented here for the enjoyment of this fascinating hobby.

Collecting Crystals, updated 2011 in print and e-book

Collecting Crystals book Updated with crystal mine information, Collecting Crystals is a guidebook written for all persons who collect quartz, either as an amateur, advanced hobbyist, or serious collector. Step-by-step, this book takes the collector through the complete process of getting ready, getting to the best sites, collecting, cleaning and trimming the crystals for display at their best. 100 black and white photographs and illustrations.

Collecting Crystals CD A CD version of Collecting Crystals is also available for reading on your computer. The photographs are in color, which is helpful to see how the crystals look in the ground, how the crystals look before and after cleaning, and gives an overall better view of how lovely the quartz crystals really are. Order the book and CD on our Books for Sale page.