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PostPosted: Sep 17, 2012 02:55    Post subject: Quartz collecting outings in South Africa  

We live in (arguably) the most beautiful place in the world:-) and as my wife and I spend so much time in the mountains and valleys, I hope it is OK with Jordi that we share some of our quartz collecting trips with you. The Western Cape does not nearly have the variety of quartz that the Northern Cape has, but it is on our doorstep and we find many specimens of interest and beauty. Most places that we visit are on private properties, where we go with kind permission of farmers.
I will start this topic with a very recent outing (last Friday to a farm outside Ceres) and use this as a platform for future posts on this topic. I hope all you quartz lovers out there will enjoy:-)

As soon as I clean some of these specimens, I will photograph and share them here.



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 Description:
Quartz
Western Cape, Ceres
n/a
Riana found her own pocket of Quartz crystals and spent hours, carefully cleaning it out.
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 Description:
Quartz
Western Cape, Ceres
n/a
Close up of Riana in action
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 Description:
Quartz
Western Cape, Ceres
n/a
A close up of Riana's pocket with a few crystals from it.
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 Description:
Quartz
Western Cape, Ceres
n/a
Not far from Riana's find (about 30 metres away), I also found a promising pocket in this rock wall.
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 Description:
Quartz
Western Cape, Ceres
n/a
The pocket kept going in deeper with small to medium sized clusters and single crystals coming out regularly.
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 Description:
Quartz
Western Cape, Ceres
n/a
A medium sized cluster from the above pocket.
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 Description:
While banging on a rock to remove it, this small snake, an egg eater came out and I managed to get a nice photo of it.
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 Description:
Catching snakes was a hobby of mine for years, and I caught the small snake to just make sure it is an egg eater and not a night adder. The first is harmless, but the second poisonous.
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This area has many smaller pockets that looks promising but does not necessary deliver much.
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PostPosted: Sep 17, 2012 03:28    Post subject: Re: Quartz collecting outings in South Africa  

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....I hope it is OK with Jordi that we share some of our quartz collecting trips with you...

That's great. Please keep posting...

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PostPosted: Sep 17, 2012 04:08    Post subject: Re: Quartz collecting outings in South Africa  

Jordi Fabre wrote:
Pierre Joubert wrote:
....I hope it is OK with Jordi that we share some of our quartz collecting trips with you...

That's great. Please keep posting...

Jordi

Thank you Jordi. Pardon my poor English as I am Afrikaans speaking :-)

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PostPosted: Sep 17, 2012 04:32    Post subject: Re: Quartz collecting outings in South Africa  

This is a great thread Pierre, I look forward to more postings. Can't wait to see that cluster cleaned.

It is important to document the exact locality please.

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PostPosted: Sep 18, 2012 06:03    Post subject: Re: Quartz collecting outings in South Africa  

Debbie Woolf wrote:
This is a great thread Pierre, I look forward to more postings. Can't wait to see that cluster cleaned.

It is important to document the exact locality please.

Lekker !


Hi Debbie, I see you still know the odd Afr. word :-) (lekker means nice)That cluster was a disappointment; lost a number of crystals when cleaned. Often a specimen looks like a million Dollars when full of dirt, but once cleaned, it looks very plain. Riana has not cleaned her crystals yet; I have started and here are some from my pocket. Later on I will attempt to show some of the best from this area, collected over the last few weeks. I cannot give the exact locality as it is private property, but I can tell you that it is in the Ceres area, some 30 km from our home. It is a massive quartz outcrop, stretching for a number of km, over at least 7 farms. If you ever visit SA again, we can take you there.



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 Description:
Quartz
Western Cape, Ceres
114 x 76mm
The cluster partially cleaned
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 Description:
Quartz
Western Cape, Ceres
49 x 25 x 10 mm
A beautiful, flat floater with a crystal inclusion
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 Description:
Quartz
Western Cape, Ceres
49 x 25 x 10 mm
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 Description:
Quartz
Western Cape, Ceres
28 x 18 x 08 mm
Oh! A little floater like this makes a trip worth the while. Too beautiful!
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 Description:
Quartz
Western Cape, Ceres
28 x 18 x 08 mm
The same little floater from a slightly different angle
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 Description:
Quartz
Western Cape, Ceres
28 x 18 x 08 mm
The same little floater from a slightly different angle
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 Description:
Quartz
Western Cape, Ceres
43 x34 x 26 mm
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 Description:
Quartz
Western Cape, Ceres
43 x34 x 26 mm
The above specimen at another angle
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 Description:
Quartz
Western Cape, Ceres
33 x 27 x 12 mm
Quite an amazing little floater; no damage, not even to the 'stem'
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 Description:
Quartz
Western Cape, Ceres
33 x 27 x 12 mm
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100_2462.JPG
 Description:
Quartz
Western Cape, Ceres
36 x 13 x 12 mm
This lovely single crystal is typical of this area; 'self healed' at the bottom
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 Description:
Quartz
Western Cape, Ceres
50 x 12 x 12 mm
Another typical specimen from this area, also 'self healed' at the bottom
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 Description:
Quartz, clay and manganese
Western Cape, Ceres
65 x 58 x 39 mm
A number of quartz crystals captured in a mixture of clay and manganese
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 Description:
Quartz
Western Cape, Ceres
14 x 08 x 07 mm
'herkimer' type quartz crystal; relatively common in the Western Cape.
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PostPosted: Sep 18, 2012 09:18    Post subject: Re: Quartz collecting outings in South Africa  

Pierre,
Very nice specimens. Thanks for sharing, and I look forward to your future reports!
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PostPosted: Sep 18, 2012 09:36    Post subject: Re: Quartz collecting outings in South Africa  

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Pierre,
Very nice specimens. Thanks for sharing, and I look forward to your future reports!
Bob

Thanks Bob! If time and sunshine allow, I have so much to share; got to pace myself:-)

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PostPosted: Oct 10, 2012 08:39    Post subject: Re: Quartz collecting outings in South Africa  

I wish to show a few more specimens from our new quartz find close to home and then show some photos of collecting areas and specimens from the larger Western Cape. Hopefully I can post some from the Northern Cape in the not too distant future. The specimens are not necessary the best from these areas but give a general indication of what we find. Some of the quartz crystals found from this area, are clearer than most we have ever seen. Hope you enjoy the photos.


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 Description:
Riana busy removing a pocket of quartz crystals. The white is not snow but quartz.
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 Description:
Quartz crystal
Ceres, Western Cape, SA
45 x 13 x 12 mm
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 Description:
Quartz crystals
Ceres, Western Cape, SA
48 x 15 x 12 mm
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 Description:
Manganese ore?and quartz
Ceres, Western Cape, SA
140 x 110 mm
I have sent a sample of this ore to the University to analyse. For the time being, I suspect it to be rich in manganese.
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 Description:
Manganese ore?and quartz
Ceres, Western Cape, SA
The same specimen as above
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 Description:
Manganese ore?and quartz
Ceres, Western Cape, SA
The same specimen as above.
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 Description:
Manganese ore?and quartz
Ceres, Western Cape, SA
The same specimen as above
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100_3483.JPG
 Description:
Quartz
Ceres, Western Cape, SA
52 x 35 x 20 mm
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100_3472.JPG
 Description:
Quartz
Ceres, Western Cape, SA
46 x 16 x 13 mm
One of the faces of the crystal is pitted with minute holes, left by where small metallic crystals once sat.
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100_3506.JPG
 Description:
Quartz
Ceres, Western Cape, SA
43 x 37 x 29 mm
A fairly average quartz cluster from this area.
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100_3507.JPG
 Description:
Quartz
Ceres, Western Cape, SA
50 x 11 x 09 mm
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 Description:
Quartz
Ceres, Western Cape, SA
44 x 18 x 15 mm
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 Description:
Riana at another quartz outcrop.
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 Description:
On our way to dig for crystals, we encounter scenery like this.
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PostPosted: Oct 10, 2012 13:56    Post subject: Re: Quartz collecting outings in South Africa  

The next few photos I wish to show, is a bit of a 'potpourri' as they are from around the Western Cape; some areas just a few kilometers away, while others much futher.


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Somewhere in the Ceres Karoo, one of our favorite places, taking a break.
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Flowers hanging straight down from a rock face in the Ceres Karoo.
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Which way should we go today?
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Another one of our favorite places, an apple farm near Villiersdorp, Western Cape.
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The farmer has cleared a good section of the small hill to use the soil for farm roads. Guess what, he has uncovered crystal seams!
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A typical pocket of crystals in clay from Villiersdorp.
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Apple farm, Villiersdorp
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 Description:
Quartz
Villiersdorp, Western Cape, SA
41 x 23 x 11 mm
A peculiar 'floater'
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100_3354.JPG
 Description:
Smoky/citrine quartz
Villiersdorp
43 x 13 x 13 mm
Faceting quality quartz
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100_3384.JPG
 Description:
Quartz
Villiersdorp, Western Cape, SA
50 x 18 x 09 mm
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100_3451.JPG
 Description:
Quartz with chlorite inclusions
Villiersdorp, Western Cape, SA
29 x 11 x 10 mm
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100_3453.JPG
 Description:
quartz with chlorite inclusions
Villiersdorp, Western Cape, SA
29 x 11 x 10 mm
I am always fascinated by chlorite inclusions, especcialy unusual colours.
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 Description:
You want quartz, you have to dig. Villiersdorp.
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 Description:
Quartz environment, Villiersdorp
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Some of our helpers are fooling around. Villiersdorp
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PostPosted: Oct 10, 2012 14:46    Post subject: Re: Quartz collecting outings in South Africa  

The Western Cape is a vast area, stretching across hundreds of kilometers. Here are a few more photos of places and specimens found there.


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 Description:
Exploring a manganese rich area near Gordons Bay, Western Cape, I was met by this scene high up in the mountains.
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A real rock monster, consisting of manganese rich rock and sandstone.
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Rock, rich in manganese. The photo was taken near Gordons Bay, Western Cape
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Father and son; two good friends that joined us high up in the mountains on a private property near Robertson, Western Cape.
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 Description:
A beautiful little quartz cluster with the small pocket it came from. Near Robertson, WC.
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A lovely quartz specimen. It still has to be cleaned. Robertson, WC.
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A stunning, large cluster of quartz crystals, waiting to be removed. Robertson, WC.
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 Description:
An interesting specimen of quartz, coated with hematite? manganese? Robertson, WC.
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 Description:
Spiders and scorpions are often encountered. Here is a Baboon spider, or Tarantula. Robertson, WC.
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 Description:
While looking for mineral specimens, flowers are always appreciated. Robertson, WC.
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 Description:
Small caves full of quartz crystals, but out of reach. Robertson, WC.
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Beautiful mountain scenery, Robertson, WC.
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It gets really hot up in these mountains and here we are taking a break from digging for crystals. Robertson, WC.
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Way up in the mountains looking for quartz crystals. Robertson, WC.
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A pocket of quartz crystals is found high up in the mountains. Robertson, WC.
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PostPosted: Oct 10, 2012 15:07    Post subject: Re: Quartz collecting outings in South Africa  

Hi Pierre,

Amazing report ! I would like to be with you there and dig those beautiful specimens.

Thank you very much for sharing with us.

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supertxango wrote:
Hi Pierre,

Amazing report ! I would like to be with you there and dig those beautiful specimens.

Thank you very much for sharing with us.

Juan H

Hey Juan, you are welcome. Climb in your jet and fly over:-)

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PostPosted: Oct 11, 2012 06:24    Post subject: Re: Quartz collecting outings in South Africa  

Great report, Pierre. Two of my favorite things, beautiful mountain vistas and digging out quartz pockets. Looks like paradise.
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PostPosted: Oct 11, 2012 13:09    Post subject: Re: Quartz collecting outings in South Africa  

vic rzonca wrote:
Great report, Pierre. Two of my favorite things, beautiful mountain vistas and digging out quartz pockets. Looks like paradise.

Thank you Vic . I must say, I quite enjoy your photos also. When are we going to see some more?

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PostPosted: Oct 18, 2012 11:36    Post subject: Re: Quartz collecting outings in South Africa  

Here is a bit more from our vicinity, Western Cape, South Africa. Some of these photos where taken on very recent outings. Hope you can enjoy:-)


100_3314.JPG
 Description:
quartz with chlorite inclusions
Ceres, Western Cape, South Africa
24 x 23 x 18 mm
From a very recent find. I am always very excited to find these, hard to find type of quartz.
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100_3326.JPG
 Description:
quartz with chlorite inclusions
Ceres, Western Cape, South Africa
24 x 23 x 18 mm
The same specimen as above.
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Quartz with phantom
Ceres, Western Cape, SA
16 x 16 x 02 mm
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A view from one of the many properties where we collect. Notice the quartz outcrop.
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A horned adder; found while looking for crystals; caught, photographed and released.
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The same snake, close up.
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Amazing plant, reminds me of rhodochrosite
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The same amazing plant. I have only seen this plant (flower) in this area (Ceres)
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A small pocket of quartz crystals. Not worth opening up, but beautiful enough to photograph.
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PostPosted: Oct 19, 2012 04:16    Post subject: Re: Quartz collecting outings in South Africa  

Some more photos.


100_3404.JPG
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Gypsum
Ceres Karoo, Western Cape, South Africa
155 x 98 x 34 mm
Gypsum is abundant in certain areas of the Karoo, together with Calcite.
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 Description:
Gypsum
Ceres Karoo, Western Cape, South Africa
155 x 98 x 34 mm
The same specimen as above.
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 Description:
Gypsum
Ceres Karoo, Western Cape, South Africa
155 x 98 x 34 mm
The same specimen as above.
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 Description:
Smoky Quartz
Paarl, Western Cape, SA
55 x 20 x 16 mm
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 Description:
Quartz
Ceres, Western Cape, SA
49 x 46 x 35 mm
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 Description:
Beautiful flowers are found while looking for crystals. This type of succulent is rare from the Ceres area.
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I know this is a mineral forum, but flowers are so much part of our crystal outings. The Western Cape has, by far, the most species of wild flowers in the world.
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 Description:
quartz with chlorite inclusions
Ceres, Western Cape, South Africa
48 x 46 x 31 mm
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 Description:
quartz with chlorite inclusions
Ceres, Western Cape, South Africa
48 x 46 x 31 mm
A close up of the same specimen as above.
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100_3671.JPG
 Description:
Smoky Quartz
Van Rhynsdorp, Western Cape, South Africa
47 x 30 x 18 mm
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 Description:
Smoky Quartz with Chlorite
Van Rhynsdorp, Western Cape, South Africa
72 x 55 x 25 mm
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100_3680.JPG
 Description:
Smoky Quartz with Chlorite
Van Rhynsdorp, Western Cape, South Africa
72 x 55 x 25 mm
A close up of the above specimen.
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 Description:
Quartz with Rutile
Van Rhynsdorp, Western Cape, South Africa
56 x 33 x 24 mm
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100_3683.JPG
 Description:
Quartz with Rutile
Van Rhynsdorp, Western Cape, South Africa
56 x 33 x 24 mm
A close up of the above specimen.
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100_3700.JPG
 Description:
Smoky Quartz
Van Rhynsdorp, Western Cape, South Africa
107 x 32 x 24 mm
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PostPosted: Oct 29, 2012 16:16    Post subject: Re: Quartz collecting outings in South Africa  

Great pictures Pierre - we look forward to more in the future! The Western Cape area and its quartz specimens resemble some of the localities we have here in the USA, but much further from one another here (e.g. NY, NC and AZ, CO, NM). Plants and wildlife that you have shown are quite different though. (enjoyed seeing them too!)
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PostPosted: Oct 30, 2012 03:41    Post subject: Re: Quartz collecting outings in South Africa  

John Medici wrote:
Great pictures Pierre - we look forward to more in the future! The Western Cape area and its quartz specimens resemble some of the localities we have here in the USA, but much further from one another here (e.g. NY, NC and AZ, CO, NM). Plants and wildlife that you have shown are quite different though. (enjoyed seeing them too!)

Hi John. Thank you for your comments; It is a pleasure for us to share our experiences with others. I have literally walked thousands of kilometers in the South African and Namibian Mountains in my lifetime, either in pursuit of trout or mineral specimens, and have many photos and boxes full of specimens. Southern Africa is such a vast and extremely rich collecting area and we have not even scraped the surface. I always appreciate it if someone shares their collecting experiences (no matter how humble), with others as it takes you to places that you might never be able to visit yourself. Best wishes.

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PostPosted: Oct 31, 2012 10:02    Post subject: Re: Quartz collecting outings in South Africa  

I have very much enjoyed your photos and comments, Pierre. It is entertaining and educational for me to see the minerals "in situ" along with some of the larger features of where they are found. It is not likely I will ever be able to travel to South Africa to view the areas in person so your photos are very welcome. The associated fauna and flowers are welcome, also. I particularly like the specimen, photo number 100_2441.JPG and the one with the rutile inclusion. Thank you, Marv
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PostPosted: Nov 01, 2012 01:41    Post subject: Re: Quartz collecting outings in South Africa  

marvsT/Nminerals wrote:
I have very much enjoyed your photos and comments, Pierre. It is entertaining and educational for me to see the minerals "in situ" along with some of the larger features of where they are found. It is not likely I will ever be able to travel to South Africa to view the areas in person so your photos are very welcome. The associated fauna and flowers are welcome, also. I particularly like the specimen, photo number 100_2441.JPG and the one with the rutile inclusion. Thank you, Marv

Hi Marv. I am glad you enjoy the 'contribution' I was blessed to discover 3 major pockets, and a few smaller pockets, at the source of the above mentioned specimen and removed (together with my wife), hundreds of specimens, some of very high quality, that I will photograph with time and share with you.
Who knows, you might still make it to SA. and join us on an outing or three. Regards

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