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PostPosted: Dec 05, 2010 19:29    Post subject: A mineralogical trip through the states of USA - Kansas  

Kansas the "Sunflower State"




Galena - Barr Mine Picher Field Treece Cherokee Co. Kansas USA.jpg
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Galena with Dolomite
Barr Mine, Tri-State District, Picher Field, Treece, Cherokee County, Kansas
12.5 x 9.0 x 7.8 cm. overall

Great photo (and specimen) downloaded by Gneissware here -> http://www.mineral-forum.com/message-board/viewtopic.php?p=14020#14020

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PostPosted: Dec 05, 2010 21:19    Post subject: Re: A mineralogical trip through the states of USA - Kansas  

From the Tri-State Lead-Zinc district.


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Sphalerite crystals (up to 2.5 cm) on Dolomite, Mid-Continent Mine, Treece, Kansas
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PostPosted: Dec 05, 2010 21:45    Post subject: Re: A mineralogical trip through the states of USA - Kansas  

Former collection of Joe McIntosh. The back of the old labe from Cities Service Oil Company says this:
Ref: Hall B #17 Bemis Pool
The 1500' of tubing below the workings barrel was found to be filled for the entire length with a crystalline deposit which on analysis is Gypsum with small traces of Sodium, Potassium, Halogens, Barium and Strontium. It is belived this deposit resulted from the commingling of some upper waters with the Atbuckle. The back of this piece is curved from where the drilling pipe went though it. Always keep the old labels with the piece.



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Ellis County, Kansas
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PostPosted: Dec 05, 2010 21:50    Post subject: Re: A mineralogical trip through the states of USA - Kansas  

The Galena runs up the whole backside of the Calcite twin.


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PostPosted: Dec 01, 2011 03:22    Post subject: Re: A mineralogical trip through the states of USA - Kansas  

One of the classic species of this State, the Galena


Galena - Ballard Mine_Baxter Springs_Tri-State District_Kansas_USA.jpg
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Ballard Mine, Baxter Springs, Tri-State District, Kansas, USA
Specimen size: 9.4 × 7.2 × 4.4 cm
Main crystal size: 3 × 3.1 cm
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PostPosted: Dec 01, 2011 12:57    Post subject: Re: A mineralogical trip through the states of USA - Kansas  

Those gypsum crystals were probably deposited within the oil well casing or drill pipe by flowing hot oil field water, and hence are not "natural" minerals. They can be beautiful none the less. I worked with Joe McIntosh at CSO in the early 70's. Great guy !
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PostPosted: Dec 01, 2011 13:10    Post subject: Re: A mineralogical trip through the states of USA - Kansas  

My husband, George, collected in the Tri-State area, especially at the Mid Continent mine in Treece, Kansas, in the late 1960s. He said the collecting was fabulous - crystals everywhere, and open cavities the size of a living room. On one trip, he used up 600 lbs. of newspaper and had to search for more to wrap minerals in - he was sending the crystals back home in 55 gallon barrels. The area is now closed to all collecting, and many of the head frames and old mineral shops are long gone.
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PostPosted: Mar 18, 2022 09:56    Post subject: Re: A mineralogical trip through the states of USA - Kansas  

A classic from the Tri-State lead/zinc orefield. When I was young I remember rock shops being full of this material. Probably not quite as nice as this one, however!


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 Mineral: Galena and Calcite
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Ex Rock Currier collection (#9250), originally collected by Bob Bartsch 27 February, 1969.
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PostPosted: Mar 18, 2022 19:31    Post subject: Re: A mineralogical trip through the states of USA - Kansas  

No, that is an exceptional specimen collected by Bob in 1969, and one I covet, heh, heh. And it's a nice size, too! Good addition to the collection, Jesse!
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PostPosted: Mar 22, 2022 02:47    Post subject: Re: A mineralogical trip through the states of USA - Kansas  

And one I covet too!

Jesse, you know I have a weakness for galena, so no wonder I love this specimen, this is so beautiful and impressive! We really should talk with Jordi about giving TEN thumbs up for one photo ;-)
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PostPosted: Mar 22, 2022 10:08    Post subject: Re: A mineralogical trip through the states of USA - Kansas  

Tobi wrote:
And one I covet too!

Jesse, you know I have a weakness for galena, so no wonder I love this specimen, this is so beautiful and impressive! We really should talk with Jordi about giving TEN thumbs up for one photo ;-)


Thanks, Tobi! Not quite a good Neudorf, but an aesthetic and classic specimen from a long-gone mining district. I felt fortunate to find it. Galena seems to get little respect among collectors in the face of all the bright shiny gem crystals and colorful secondary ore minerals, so it wasn't even very expensive.. Cheers!
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PostPosted: Mar 27, 2022 13:21    Post subject: Re: A mineralogical trip through the states of USA - Kansas  

Jesse Fisher wrote:
[...]Not quite a good Neudorf, but an aesthetic and classic specimen from a long-gone mining district. I felt fortunate to find it. Galena seems to get little respect among collectors in the face of all the bright shiny gem crystals and colorful secondary ore minerals [...]
Neudorf specimens may have another historic value and a more complex crystal form, but concerning the aesthetics your specimen is in my opinion on the same level - it's just perfect :-) And right, galena is not everybody's darling in the mineral collecting world, but there are many who like it a lot (Michael Shaw, you know I'm talking about you ;-))
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