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    I sort of have crystal fever and need to take the hammer and chisels out for a run. I have a long held interest in things mineral, especially crystals.

    I was wondering if anyone could mention any good sites near them, or if there are any other enthusiasts on the forum here.

    Locally, we have Herkimer NY about an hour and a half from here. You can find the clearest quartz crystals on Earth, and they are double terminated! Lots of work to get them though. People can't believe thay are not cut and come out of the rock looking like they do. You have to split 5 feet of hard dolomitic limestone to get to the pockets which rose through the molten magma like bubbles in honey and stopped at that level. The pockets can have thousands of stones rnging from the size of a grapefruit to no bigger than table salt. The larger stones have cracks and inclusions, but 50 cent sized stones can be found that will vanish when dropped into a glass of water!
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    [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_k_ani_32.gif[/img] nice! That sounds like a cool place to go to...

    I've gone to the sale flats in oklahoma... good crystals there [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile.gif[/img]

    I have a 6-9 inch diameter geode I got in colorado... looks like a warty old ladys face on the outside but who cares [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_m_32.gif[/img]

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    I got my BS in geology from Syracuse University and remember many a fine day looking for Herkimer "diamonds". I'm older and more senile now, but I'll try to remember some of the other sites that we used to go to, it'll probably take me a few days to come up with them. Off the top of my head - by Gore Mt. there are garnets - I also believe there is a commercial garnet mine in that area. I'll get back to you if I can think of the other places.

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    Once or twice a year I fossil collecting.


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    http://www.rugglesmine.com/

    I am planning on visiting Ruggles Mine in NH later this year based on a recommendation from a friend.

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    I do some trilobite hunting around western and central NY.
    I have found them lurking along Cayuga lake, the Genesee river gorge in Rochester, and several places along the Erie canal.

    dont run into crystals much in the sedementary beds.
    Lots of quartz in the Catskills though..(found some small crystals in the "gunks" near New Paltz..and when I went to school there my friends and I used to search for Geodes, which were rumoured to be out in the gunks..never found one though..)
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    Does clay count as a mineral? I have clay litterally by the tons here, digging a hole is really back breaking especially if there is grass growing in the clay. Soooo much clay in fact that tamping the ground with just your foot will hold water for weeks and weeks.

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    Scotty,

    Sounds like you aren't too far off the beaten path. Maybe we could hook up sometine and go fossilizing, errr, trilobiting...you get the idea! Anytime yo u're going PM me and maybe it can happen.

    The New Palz gunk also sounds promising. Any idea of how to direct me to the site?

    Been to gore Mountain. I found lots of massive garnet, and rough stones in matrix that were very fractured nearby. The best find on that trip was in a parking lot. One boulder caught my eye: it was a chunk of a mud pocket. Gem hunters will know how my eyes lit up when I saw that! I got some very good hematite over beryl crystals, huge masses of apatite and mica sticking out allover the yin yang. Each year the rains leach out more mud showing more of the massive crystal structures. I decimated the boulder too!

    Herkimer really is magic! It's a fairly unique deposit (a couple of other sites in the area), and all the particulars of how the crystals formed aren't really known. One thing for sure is they are breathtaking. The Smithsonian has a whole pocket on display there. They excavated the whole pocket out of the rock and brought it to Washington, now that's style! Seeing the stones there like that makes me literally sweat! Pssst! Is anyone looking?
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