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PostPosted: Jun 27, 2016 10:46    Post subject: Calcites from each State  

I am trying to obtain a calcite specimen from each State. I still need specimens from North Dakota, South Carolina, New Hampshire, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Minnesota. If anyone has a calcite from one of these States and would be interested in trading for something else, please contact me. I am not looking for museum quality specimens, just something from that State. A crystal or crystal mass would work. Thanks.
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PostPosted: Jun 27, 2016 12:11    Post subject: Re: Calcites from each State  

That's a fun goal. I set myself the goal of one of anything from each state. Guess what the hardest state is? North Dakota! Yet they must have minerals. Are the oil companies keeping everything?

You could try writing the state geologist or find a rock club that meets in that state. There are lists of rock clubs if you google for that.

Good luck, and happy hunting!

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PostPosted: Jun 27, 2016 12:19    Post subject: Re: Calcites from each State  

Thanks. I have written to both State geologists and rock clubs. A few have replied, many apparently can't be bothered. I have seen a photo or two of specimens from North Dakota, but they are few and far between.
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PostPosted: Jun 27, 2016 12:27    Post subject: Re: Calcites from each State  

Look on eBay for sand calcites from North Dakota. They are relatively commonly available.
Good luck on finding specimens from Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana.
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PostPosted: Jun 27, 2016 13:18    Post subject: Re: Calcites from each State  

I've seen sand calcites from SOUTH Dakota, but never North.

I do have a selenite rosette reportedly from ND but also quite similar to ones from across the border in Canada, so I wonder if it actually is ND.

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PostPosted: Jun 27, 2016 13:31    Post subject: Re: Calcites from each State  

There was a lady in Los Angeles, Jessie Hardman, who set herself the goal of getting a calcite from all 50 states. When she died, well into her 80s, she was still 5 short, including North Dakota.

If you accept biogenic calcite, then you could include a snail shell from someone's garden, or an oyster shell from the beach... Those are calcite too.

For those with nothing from North Dakota: North Dakota produces some fine silicified wood in the southwest corner of the state. A wheat farmer from there was selling a pile of the stuff from her land, at the Quartzsite show.

Funnily enough, building a collection of one species from all 50 states might be easier with native gold than with calcite! You could end up missing only Florida and Hawaii.
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PostPosted: Jun 27, 2016 13:46    Post subject: Re: Calcites from each State  

Thanks, Alfredo. I've noticed that peculiarity with country localities - namely, you could probably get gold from more countries than any other one species. Just goes to show that it is effort that counts!
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PostPosted: Jun 27, 2016 14:39    Post subject: Re: Calcites from each State  

Right you are, Linda. Collectors are happy to have a tiny glass bottle with a few alluvial micro-grains of native gold in it, if the locality is unusual, but the same size and format display of calcite doesn't seem to have much emotional impact, ha ha ;))

(Most of the northern States have traces of alluvial gold left behind by Ice-age glaciers, even Ohio. Even Holland has produced some native gold, from the sands of the Rhine river. Gold is everywhere! - if you have a microscope.)
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PostPosted: Jun 27, 2016 14:47    Post subject: Re: Calcites from each State  

I suppose modern calcite from a shell would count. I do have a belemnite that has been replaced with calcite from Delaware, so a fossil certainly could qualify. Amazingly, it was fairly easy to get a calcite from Hawaii. I would have thought that Minnesota would be easy, but it is proving to be difficult.
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PostPosted: Jun 27, 2016 14:54    Post subject: Re: Calcites from each State  

Pat, there was an article in Mineral News once about calcite stalactites from a cave in a limestone quarry in Hawaii. If I remember right, the geological origin was coral that had been raised up above sea level. Is that where your hawaiian calcite came from?
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PostPosted: Jun 27, 2016 16:44    Post subject: Re: Calcites from each State  

Not sure of the origin, although that's a possibility. The location that I was given is Laie Quarry, Oahu, Hawaii.
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PostPosted: Jun 27, 2016 20:21    Post subject: Re: Calcites from each State  

Not going to be easy it took me 40 years to get one mineral from each of the states. ND was easy at the time since I had a friend that found a area on a farm that had Baryte nodules. Calcite from Alabama can be found from the Longview Quarry in Shelby and Minnesota from Houland. No I only have one from each location in my collection and the Alabama one is in the only one I have from that state. Hope this helps you some what.
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PostPosted: Jun 27, 2016 20:57    Post subject: Re: Calcites from each State  

Thanks. I've seen references to both of the quarries in MN & AL, but not much luck tracking anything down from them.
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PostPosted: Jun 28, 2016 08:40    Post subject: Re: Calcites from each State  

Alfredo is correct in that alluvial gold has been found in Ohio, including the Cuyahoga River very close to where I live. I was told by a former Indianapolis geology club member that part of the push to redesignate the area into a national park was because somebody many years ago had found a very small amount alluvial gold in the river in the valley train deposits dropped by those glaciers, after many years of panning. Part of the push I was told, was to prevent more people panning in the river and “ruining” the riverbed.

I also had a chance to obtain a calcite specimen from Oahu myself, but I decided to pass on it. The label said it was found nearby the Polynesian Cultural Center in Laie. I was told the calcite specimens where found at the excavation site in the 1960s.

Good Luck Pat!
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PostPosted: Jun 28, 2016 11:50    Post subject: Re: Calcites from each State  

Usually when I get down to the last few of a locality set, I start on the next one. That way I can balance the easy pickings with the hard. For me , the next one was the 58 counties of California. I lack only Sacramento Co., so it is time now to start a new locality set!

I highly recommend mineral shows. These days there are quite a few old-timer's collections being dispersed, and they definitely had different localities & stock available. Even the tiniest mineral show can become the best ever if you run into one of these.

Finally, you could make a local mineral show the focus of a weekend roadtrip, maybe one or two states over from wherever you are. Or maybe even a bigger show. I know there is a really big agate show in Cedarburg WI on July 8th – 10th. Even for people who don't collect agates, this looks like it is going to be fantastic. If you're within weekend driving distance, I would certainly give it a try. (Can you tell I'm lusting to go? But I'm 1/2 a continent away, sigh.)

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PostPosted: Jun 28, 2016 11:59    Post subject: Re: Calcites from each State  

Good suggestion, and it is something that I do at all the shows in the Denver area (where I am also a dealer), and the Tucson show, as well as checking with dealers that I know. I may just need to take a couple field trips to the states that I'm still missing.
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PostPosted: Jun 28, 2016 12:19    Post subject: Re: Calcites from each State  

Yep, I see your location is a great one from which to launch "research expeditions". I definitely agree with your use of the word "need" as in needing to take some field trips.

I sit here in late June, looking out the window from work as I used to do in school so many decades ago, wondering when the pardon will come to release me to freedom.

If I can ever retire, I envision a summer of meandering from mineral show to museum to quarry to mineral show to old friend from grade school to mineral show to new friend from rock groups, etc. Sort of a "Travels with Charlie (and Rocks)" ala Steinbeck. Searching for that ND thumbnail to finish one collection, the Sacramento piece for the other, starting a collection of Colorado counties perhaps? or maybe venturing into petrified wood. Summer daydreams...

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PostPosted: Jun 28, 2016 13:09    Post subject: Re: Calcites from each State  

I'll keep my eyes open for you for the ND or Sacramento Co. specimens.
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PostPosted: Jun 28, 2016 15:23    Post subject: Re: Calcites from each State  

Thanks! Likewise, I'll look for select calcites: ND, SC, AL, MS, LA, NH, MN (almost from memory!)
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PostPosted: Jun 29, 2016 07:24    Post subject: Re: Calcites from each State  

I hope It is OK for me to ask to see specimens from FMF members from these araeas. It will give this thread a good injection.
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