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PostPosted: Jan 24, 2017 20:09    Post subject: Re: A mineralogical trip through the states of USA - Indiana  

Another large well displayed Indiana example that some dealers wish to have the area of calcite and barite crystals culled from the remainder of the geode and offered as a non-geode specimen.


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 Mineral: Calcite, Baryte and Quartz
 Locality:
State Route 37 road cuts, Harrodsburg, Clear Creek Township, Monroe County, Indiana, USA
 Dimensions: Geode is 23 cm. The larger calcite is 7.5 cm; the smaller one is about 6.0 cm. the barite cluster is 3.7 cm
 Description:
Calcites and a Barite cluster on Quartz
Found about 20 years ago and acquired by me about 15 years ago.
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PostPosted: Jan 28, 2017 14:05    Post subject: Re: A mineralogical trip through the states of USA - Indiana  

Another nice example of a well displayed large Indiana geode with a dominant calcite aesthetically surrounded by several groups of dolomite, all on quartz. The quartz crystals in this example form nice free form growths.


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 Mineral: Calcite and Dolomite on Quartz
 Locality:
State Route 37 road cuts, Harrodsburg, Clear Creek Township, Monroe County, Indiana, USA
 Dimensions: geode is 13 cm, the calcite is 4.2 cm and the dolomite groups are up to 2.6 cm
 Description:
Self collected early 2016
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PostPosted: Jan 29, 2017 18:24    Post subject: Re: A mineralogical trip through the states of USA - Indiana  

A recently collected large and well displayed example with calcites on quartz. From my private lands site in Washington County.


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 Mineral: Calcites on Quartz
 Locality:
State Route 56 road cut, Canton, Washington County, Indiana, USA
 Dimensions: geode is 14 cm x 12 cm. Calcites are up to 2.2 cm
 Description:
Self collected from private land in 2015

In general my larger well displayed examples are much appreciated in my display cases at the regional shows.
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 Mineral: Calcite on Quartz
 Locality:
State Route 56 road cut, Canton, Washington County, Indiana, USA
 Dimensions: geode is 14 cm x 12 cm. Calcites are up to 2.2 cm
 Description:
self collected on private land in Washington County
 Viewed:  4800 Time(s)

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PostPosted: Jan 31, 2017 15:42    Post subject: Re: A mineralogical trip through the states of USA - Indiana  

When I go field collecting at this time of the year, I expect to see freshly exposed examples associated with rock falls resulting from the recent freeze/thaw episodes. So it has been for years.
These examples, from the Indiana route 56 road cuts in Washington County, were high up on the rock wall and, unfortunately, unable to be retrieved intact. The several pix of the larger example show a large 18+ cm specimen with large calcites upon bright red dolomite. If it had been collected intact and cleaned up well, it would have been a show stopper in a display case, but over several years, it fragmented and finally fell in multiple small fragments.

You can see the very porous dolostone matrix fragmenting with slices falling off the wall. If you are unlucky, one of the larger pieces might fall like a guillotine cutting or slicing off your wrist. Since these pictures were taken, both high quality examples became history; unfortunately, not all high quality examples can be successfully collected.



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 Mineral: Calcite on Dolomite
 Locality:
State Route 56 road cut, Canton, Washington County, Indiana, USA
 Dimensions: oval geode about 17cm x 11cm
 Description:
calcites on dolomite
This example was about 3.5 meters up on the high wall. It was never collected and finally fell as small fragments.
 Viewed:  4766 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Calcite on Dolomite
 Locality:
State Route 56 road cut, Canton, Washington County, Indiana, USA
 Dimensions: geode is 18+ cm, the largest calcites might be 6 - 7 cm
 Description:
First or second year of exposure.

This example was about 4.5 meters up in the high wall.
 Viewed:  4768 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Calcite on Dolomite
 Locality:
State Route 56 road cut, Canton, Washington County, Indiana, USA
 Dimensions: geode is about 18 cm calcites are 6 - 7 cm
 Description:
First or second year of exposure.
This example was about 4.5 meters up in the high wall
 Viewed:  4776 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Calcite on Dolomite
 Locality:
State Route 56 road cut, Canton, Washington County, Indiana, USA
 Dimensions: geode is 18+ cm. The largest calcites are about 6 - 7 cm
 Description:
Third or fourth year of exposure. The geode is about 4.5 meters up on the high wall.

Note the splitting and fracturing of the surrounding dolostone matrix. These larger pieces can inflict serious injuries should they fall as you collect.

The next year or so the geode fell as multiple small pieces; unfortunately, it was never collected intact.
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PostPosted: Feb 14, 2017 14:23    Post subject: Re: A mineralogical trip through the states of USA - Indiana  

The field and stream geodes from Washington County Indiana tend to be large and very large. This example is on display as part of a small geode collection in the geology building at Indiana University. As you can see it is immense in size and weighs 347 lbs. These have very limited collector appeal, only making good yard rocks or decorations such as this one. Interestingly, these very large examples tend to have very small central cavities and be dingy or rusty stained inside.

Several of the geodes on the poster are from my collection.



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 Mineral: Quartz
 Locality:
Washington County, Indiana, USA
 Description:
Quartz geode, NOS
On display in the Indiana University geology department
 Viewed:  4635 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Quartz
 Locality:
Washington County, Indiana, USA
 Description:
Quartz geode, NOS
This geode weighs 347 lbs.
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PostPosted: Feb 14, 2017 14:34    Post subject: Re: A mineralogical trip through the states of USA - Indiana  

An example with more collector interest is this quartz geode containing a dominant and nicely placed and nicely terminated 6.5 cm baryte crystal nestled near the "back" of the quartz lining. A smaller partial crystal can be seen in the lower right area of the cavity


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 Mineral: Baryte on Quartz
 Locality:
State Route 37 road cuts, Harrodsburg, Clear Creek Township, Monroe County, Indiana, USA
 Dimensions: Geode is 11cm, the baryte crystal is 6.5 cm
 Description:
Self-collected about 10 years ago at the Harrodsburg roadcuts. If culled out of the geode, examples such as these make for hi quality Midwest USA baryte specimens.
 Viewed:  4626 Time(s)

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PostPosted: Mar 14, 2017 15:36    Post subject: Re: A mineralogical trip through the states of USA - Indiana  

Found about 15 years ago, this aragonite consists of numerous white spiky needles on decayed ferroan dolomite in a geode cavity.


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 Mineral: Aragonite on Dolomite (variety ferroan)
 Locality:
Monroe County, Indiana, USA
 Dimensions: the cavity is 11 cm x 5.5 cm the aragonite needles are up to 1.0 cm
 Description:
aragonite on decayed ferroan dolomite (limonite or ankerite?)
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PostPosted: Mar 29, 2017 10:34    Post subject: Re: A mineralogical trip through the states of USA - Indiana  

Finding fresh geodes in the limestone matrix is the way to go for dedicated collectors and finding "field and stream geodes" in creek beds is, for novices, very common, but explaining how the geodes weather out of the limestone to wind upon the creek beds is not so apparent. Finding geodes that are in the natural process of weathering out of their matrix is quite unusual. Here is one collected about 2005.


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 Mineral: Quartz
 Locality:
Monroe County, Indiana, USA
 Dimensions: The geode is about 7 cm max dimension.
 Description:
quartz geode, NOS
 Viewed:  4214 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Quartz
 Locality:
Monroe County, Indiana, USA
 Dimensions: the geode cavity is about 7 cm max dimension
 Description:
quartz geode, NOS
 Viewed:  4220 Time(s)

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PostPosted: Nov 11, 2017 11:05    Post subject: Re: A mineralogical trip through the states of USA - Indiana  

Bladed baryte on quartz


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 Mineral: Baryte on Quartz
 Locality:
Monroe County, Indiana, USA
 Dimensions: Specimen is 8 cm. Baryte blades are up to 2.5 cm. The whole baryte area is 4.6 cm
 Description:
Self collected 2006
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PostPosted: Nov 28, 2017 21:38    Post subject: Re: A mineralogical trip through the states of USA - Indiana  

An intergrown group of baryte crystals with dolomite and calcites at the 5 - 6 o'clock position.


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 Mineral: Baryte, Dolomite, and Calcite on Quartz
 Locality:
Monroe County, Indiana, USA
 Dimensions: geode is 9.5 cm
 Description:
Enlarging the photo shows several baryte crystal terminations radiating out from the center of the grouping.
Also enlarging the photo shows numerous micro marcasites or smythites within the baryte and calcite crystals. Acquired in 2009
 Viewed:  2749 Time(s)

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PostPosted: Nov 29, 2017 17:32    Post subject: Re: A mineralogical trip through the states of USA - Indiana  

Collectible examples marcasite on quartz or dolomite are quite uncommon in Indiana.


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 Mineral: Marcasite on Dolomite on Quartz
 Locality:
Harrodsburg area, Clear Creek Township, Monroe County, Indiana, USA
 Dimensions: The geode is 7.5 cm. The marcasite groupings are about 1.0 cm - 2.4 cm
 Description:
This example was self-collected in 2009.
 Viewed:  2664 Time(s)

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PostPosted: Nov 30, 2017 18:31    Post subject: Re: A mineralogical trip through the states of USA - Indiana  

Another well displayed baryte with multicolored dolomite groups on quartz


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 Mineral: Baryte and Dolomite on Quartz
 Locality:
Harrodsburg area, Clear Creek Township, Monroe County, Indiana, USA
 Description:
The baryte grouping is about 3.5 cm, best seen in the third photo. The multicolored dolomite groups are best seen in the 1st photo of the other half
Multiple terminated baryte crystals all radiating outward from the grouping's center. Micromarcasites or smythites in the baryte crystals. Self collected in 2014
 Viewed:  2579 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Baryte and Dolomite on Quartz
 Locality:
Harrodsburg area, Clear Creek Township, Monroe County, Indiana, USA
 Dimensions: Baryte group is 3.5 cm.
 Description:
 Viewed:  2579 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Baryte and Dolomite on Quartz
 Locality:
Harrodsburg area, Clear Creek Township, Monroe County, Indiana, USA
 Description:
The baryte grouping is about 3.5 cm.
 Viewed:  2577 Time(s)

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PostPosted: Dec 01, 2017 21:50    Post subject: Re: A mineralogical trip through the states of USA - Indiana  

Several more examples of calcite. Left example is on quartz, the center example is on chalcedony variety of quartz and the example on the right is on dolomite. The unifying theme with these is that the calcite crystal nearly fills the cavity of each specimen, but never-the-less are terminated with no contact points on the visible surfaces.


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 Mineral: Calcite
 Locality:
Indiana, USA
 Dimensions: Calcites from 5 cm to 9 cm
 Description:
2 examples calcite on quartz and the example on the right is calcite on dolomite.
2 on the left from Monroe County; the example on the right from Washington County.
All self collected from 2008 to 2012
 Viewed:  2504 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Calcite on Dolomite
 Locality:
Washington County, Indiana, USA
 Dimensions: the calcite is 5 cm
 Description:
A rhombohedral crystal with both halves of the geode. Collected in 2012.
 Viewed:  2507 Time(s)

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PostPosted: Dec 02, 2017 21:12    Post subject: Re: A mineralogical trip through the states of USA - Indiana  

Another well displayed baryte cluster with a number of well terminated blades radiating outward from the cluster's center. Similar to the previously posted example with accompanying dolomite, but this example has only a small area of minor calcite and no marcasite or smythite inclusions in the baryte crystals. Acquired in 2010.


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 Mineral: Baryte and Dolomite on Quartz
 Locality:
Harrodsburg area, Clear Creek Township, Monroe County, Indiana, USA
 Dimensions: The example is 10 cm. The baryte cluster is about 4.5 cm with the largest terminated blades about 1.3 cm
 Description:
 Viewed:  2463 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Baryte and Dolomite on Quartz
 Locality:
Harrodsburg area, Clear Creek Township, Monroe County, Indiana, USA
 Dimensions: 10 cm.
 Description:
 Viewed:  2462 Time(s)

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PostPosted: Dec 03, 2017 20:29    Post subject: Re: A mineralogical trip through the states of USA - Indiana  

When I started posting all these examples, I was undecided whether to post them in the "my collection" thread as some others do or in the thread of "a mineralogical trip thru the states of the USA". It was a toss up so all the photos and descriptions wound up into this thread of Indiana minerals.

This example was collected at a small road cut in March of 2013. The road cut along Indiana route 37, North of Bloomington, is now an extinct locality as the road is currently being upgraded to Interstate 69 and the cut was leveled and contoured just within the last several months.



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 Mineral: Sphalerite, Calcite and Dolomite with Quartz
 Locality:
Former State Route 37 road cuts, Bloomington (North), Monroe County, Indiana, USA
 Dimensions: Specimen is 12 cm. The sphalerite is up to 1 cm. The calcite is up to 1 cm.
 Description:
 Viewed:  2383 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Sphalerite, Calcite and Dolomite with Quartz
 Locality:
Former State Route 37 road cuts, Bloomington (North), Monroe County, Indiana, USA
 Dimensions: Specimen is 12 cm. The sphalerite is up to 1 cm. The calcite is up to 1 cm.
 Description:
 Viewed:  2385 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Sphalerite, Calcite and Dolomite with Quartz
 Locality:
Former State Route 37 road cuts, Bloomington (North), Monroe County, Indiana, USA
 Dimensions: Calcite up to 1 cm.
 Description:
 Viewed:  2387 Time(s)

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PostPosted: Dec 04, 2017 22:55    Post subject: Re: A mineralogical trip through the states of USA - Indiana  

For Indiana mineral collectors a nice acicular spray of millerite is one of the holy grails of field collecting. These 2 very similar, but otherwise rather ordinary quartz geodes would not be worth saving except for the fact that both had the sprays of millerite within their central cavity.
Many a collector has opened examples like these at the roadside only to have the breeze of passing traffic blow the spray out of the cavity and away.
Self collected in 2014



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 Mineral: Millerite on Quartz
 Locality:
Harrodsburg area, Clear Creek Township, Monroe County, Indiana, USA
 Dimensions: both examples are about 10 cm. The millerite strands are up to 3.0 cm
 Description:
millerite sprays on quartz
 Viewed:  2309 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Millerite on Quartz
 Locality:
Harrodsburg area, Clear Creek Township, Monroe County, Indiana, USA
 Dimensions: acicular sprays up to 3.0 in a 10.0 cm geode.
 Description:
millerite sprays on quartz
 Viewed:  2309 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Millerite on Quartz
 Locality:
Harrodsburg area, Clear Creek Township, Monroe County, Indiana, USA
 Dimensions: acicular sprays up to 3.0 cm in a 10.0 geode
 Description:
millerite sprays on quartz
 Viewed:  2308 Time(s)

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PostPosted: Jan 03, 2018 13:24    Post subject: Re: A mineralogical trip through the states of USA - Indiana  

Another example of ARAGONITE on QUARTZ.
For those who prefer "specimens" over the geode origin of the examples, simply gently break up the geode with a rock splitter and keep the best specimen.



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 Mineral: Aragonite on Quartz.
 Locality:
Monroe County, Indiana, USA
 Dimensions: The geode is about 13 cm while most of the aragonite is 4 mm - 6mm
 Description:
Aragonite needles on Quartz.
 Viewed:  1899 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Aragonite on Quartz.
 Locality:
Monroe County, Indiana, USA
 Dimensions: The aragonite needles are mostly from 4 mm - 6 mm
 Description:
Aragonite needles on Quartz.
A bit of earthy brown decayed ferroan dolomite is seen.
 Viewed:  1898 Time(s)

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PostPosted: Jan 04, 2018 06:25    Post subject: Re: A mineralogical trip through the states of USA - Indiana  

Bob, I really like your specimens, and to think that they were self-collected!
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PostPosted: Jan 04, 2018 12:07    Post subject: Re: A mineralogical trip through the states of USA - Indiana  

Thanks PIERRE and happy New Year!,

As we all know QUARTZ (without coloring inclusions) comes in a variety of colors, from completely clear to milky white, amethyst purple, citrine yellow, smoky gray, and rose quartz pink. Several of these shades can be found in Indiana. True ROSE QUARTZ is neither found in Indiana nor commonly found as crystals most anywhere in the world. Arguably the best rose quartz crystals are from Brazil. In Indiana a peculiar shade of pink can be found; this seems to be a true crystal color, not being a shade of iron staining confined to the crystal surfaces. These examples were collected by me about 10 years ago. They are always small with a pinkish-gray lumpy outer rind. BOB



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 Mineral: Quartz
 Locality:
Monroe County, Indiana, USA
 Dimensions: 4.0 cm
 Description:
Quartz with a decidedly pinkish hue
Self-collected about 10 years ago
 Viewed:  1822 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Quartz
 Locality:
Indiana, USA
 Dimensions: All range from small cabinet size to large cabinet size
 Description:
A variety of colors in Quartz geodes.
All were self-collected over the past 15 -20 years. The left middle row example of crystalline quartz on blue chalcedony was collected in January 2017. My 1 case display at the 2017 Cincinnati Mineral Show.
 Viewed:  1829 Time(s)

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PostPosted: Mar 22, 2018 11:13    Post subject: Re: A mineralogical trip through the states of USA - Indiana  

This posting will be a bit different.

In the recent past, including earlier today, I have received several private messages from folks interested in Indiana geode collecting. I WISH TO THANK ALL THOSE TAKING AN INTEREST IN MY FINDS!

So this post will be about Midwest USA geode collecting with some special attention given to collecting in Indiana.

Midwest USA geodes are a rock structure composed of one mineral, usually quartz, often also containing nicely crystallized secondary minerals. While theoretically the geodes can be collected in a variety of localities, practically speaking there are few localities remaining open.
Geodes, in Indiana, are found in only a few quarries. Salem Quarry is now closed and flooded. Mitchell Quarry still operates, but just this week management changed and a collector friend was informed that his access to the quarry (which he has had for years) has been limited to collecting only when accompanied by a quarry employee. The collector will rethink his options. The third quarry is near the Harrodsburg road cuts and has never let anyone in to collect so geode finds are unknown. There are quarry sites elsewhere, in other states, but not many.
Geode sites are common in stream beds and farm fields, but many of these areas are on private property. Not only that, but quality finds are quite uncommon as these geodes tend to be dingy, dirty and of low quality with corroded secondary minerals; not really of interest to most experienced collectors.
Other sites include road cuts and construction sites and private lands. In order to collect quality examples at road cuts you have to have some luck, persistence with hard work, and knowledge of the specific site. Specifically, in Indiana, the southern Monroe County, Harrodsburg road cut is a good bet, but no children and don't expect high quality finds very often. Construction sites are often temporary and off limits to collecting as they are private property. Other private lands are just that; I will never give out info on any private lands as I have to have special long standing relations with the land owners to gain access.
There are no fee for collecting sites in Indiana. There are several fee for collecting sites in the Keokuk area of west-central Illinois, southeast Iowa, and northeast Missouri. These sites are my recommendations for families and casual collectors. They are safe, family friendly and quality finds are reliable.

So, practically speaking, today, in the Midwest, there are very limited sites producing truly high quality finds for most collectors. Like collecting all minerals in most parts of the world, the high end stuff tends to be found by those knowledgeable collectors and consortiums putting in money, time, and considerable effort. BOB
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