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PostPosted: Sep 22, 2010 05:58    Post subject: A mineralogical trip through the states of USA - California  

California the "Golden State"


FMFers, please go ahead and publish here all the photos you want of California's minerals!



Benitoite - Benitoite Gem Mine San Benito County California USA.jpg
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Benitoite on Natrolite
Benitoite Gem Mine, San Benito County, California
Specimen size: 4.9 × 4.3 × 2.3 cm.
Main crystal size: 1.7 × 1.3 cm.
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PostPosted: Sep 22, 2010 09:15    Post subject: Re: A mineralogical trip through the states of USA - California  

Great idea Jordi. Since all collecting is local (or locale) it's through the efforts of the protagonist's to spread the knowledge (like you guys and girls do) and you really can't have enough of that. I only wish I could unscrew the top of my head and pour it in. But in leu of that, there is FMF!
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PostPosted: Sep 22, 2010 09:21    Post subject: Re: A mineralogical trip through the states of USA - California  

Thanks Vic!

If someone wish to see how the initiative looks in the Spanish Forum please use -> https://www.foro-minerales.com/forum/viewforum.php?f=33 and do click in each thread.

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PostPosted: Sep 22, 2010 10:27    Post subject: Re: A mineralogical trip through the states of USA - California  

A 5.5 cm pink elbaite crystal with microcline, albite, lepidolite, quartz and stilbite from the Himalaya Mine, Mesa Grande, San Diego County. 8x8x7 cm overall size. Found in 1988.


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PostPosted: Sep 22, 2010 12:02    Post subject: Re: A mineralogical trip through the states of USA - California  

Thank you for picking California as the first state on your tour. I have only be rock hounding for about 8 years but continue to be amazed by the wealth of minerals and gems in our state. My favorites are the lithium pegmatites in San Diego County - so thank you Jesse for the eye candy from the Himalaya Mine. Although I have a few favorite pieces I have self-collected, I don't think I would ever be brave enough to post a rough picture that would pale compared to those normally posted.
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PostPosted: Sep 22, 2010 12:12    Post subject: Re: A mineralogical trip through the states of USA - California  

ellencmoe wrote:
...I don't think I would ever be brave enough to post a rough picture that would pale compared to those normally posted.

Please Ellen, go ahead and publish it. As you can see in the link I published related with the Spanish side ( https://www.foro-minerales.com/forum/viewforum.php?f=33 ) the idea is not a collection of "Ikons" but an overview of each state represented by every kind of collector, specimen or photography.

More posts published = better vision of each state's mineralogy!

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PostPosted: Sep 22, 2010 12:43    Post subject: Re: A mineralogical trip through the states of USA - California  

Here's a beautiful tiny cinnabar, with an unusual tabular habit, from New Idria, San Benito County.

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PostPosted: Sep 22, 2010 13:44    Post subject: Re: A mineralogical trip through the states of USA - California  

Hello everybody.

I'd like to introduce myself. I'm Marcelo Olsina, from Argentina. I'll be helping as co-moderator on this section.

I think this is a great initiative. Sharing your photos on this thread will give us a big picture of the mineralogy of California.

Here it comes mine: these photos are both sides of a Colemanite, apparently a floater.



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6.5 x 4.5 x 3cm
Death Valley – California - USA
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6.5 x 4.5 x 3cm
Death Valley – California - USA
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PostPosted: Sep 22, 2010 14:16    Post subject: Re: A mineralogical trip through the states of USA - California  

Coming from the 'Spanish side' I must say that it is an appealing initiative. I love minerals from USA so I am going to enjoy the show. I know it is a daring to post here some of my humble pieces, however, as Jordi states, the most important think to consider is not the high level but the global perspective.

Let's have a good time focused on the mineralogical treasures of USA.

Cheers



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One of my favourites. Simple in its beauty. Hanksite. Searles Lake, Trona, San Bernardino Co., California. Interesting species both sulphate and carbonate. Perfect hexagonal crystal with two pinacoids. 9,5 x 5,5 cm.
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Thenardite. Soda Lake, San Luis Obispo Co., California. 5,5 x 4,5 cm. A floater.
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Another thenardite. Soda Lake, San Luis Obispo Co., California. 5,5 x 4 cm.
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Andradite garnet. Garnet Hill Mine (Rheona Claim), Garnet Hill, Calaveras Co., California. 7 x 5 cm. Main crystal measures 2 cm.
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PostPosted: Sep 23, 2010 04:00    Post subject: Re: A mineralogical trip through the states of USA - California  

Here are a few of my favorite California specimens.


Benitoite1.jpg
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Benitoite on Natrolite
Benitoite Gem Mine, San Benito County, California
Specimen size: 8.5 x 6.2 cm
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Melones1.jpg
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Quartz with Ferro-Axinite
New Melones Dam, Copperopolis, Calaveras Co., California
Specimen size 8.8 x 8 cm
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Gold2.jpg
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Crystallized Gold
Colorado Gold Quartz Mine
Mariposa County California
Specimen size 5.2 x 2.4 cm
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PalaTour1.jpg
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Tourmaline with Quartz
Himalaya Mine, Mesa Grande District,
San Diego Co., California
Main crystal 4.9 x 2 cm
Overall Size 6 x 7 cm
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QuartzChlorite1.jpg
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Quartz with Chlorite Inclusions
Shingle Springs
El Dorado Co., California
Specimen size 9 x 9.5 x 4.5 cm
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PostPosted: Sep 23, 2010 09:55    Post subject: Re: A mineralogical trip through the states of USA - California  

A few more minerals from the Himalaya mine.


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Apatite with quartz and lepidolite, Himalaya Mine. Apatite crystal is 1.5 cm across.
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Stibiotantalite with elbaite, Himalaya Mine. 3.5 cm tall.
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Hambergite with albite on elbaite, Himalaya Mine. Hambergite is 1.5 cm long.
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PostPosted: Sep 23, 2010 18:10    Post subject: Re: A mineralogical trip through the states of USA - California  

Jesse, the Stibiotantalite is awesome. Excellent pics and specimens.

At certain degree It is a nonsense to publish my poor shots after yours, but I wish to encourage medium collectors -like me- to do so. Sorry for the quality.

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Neptunite on crossite and natrolite matrix with tiny joaquinite crystals. Benitoite Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California. 8,5 x 6 cm. Main crystal measures 2 cm.
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PostPosted: Sep 23, 2010 18:23    Post subject: Re: A mineralogical trip through the states of USA - California  

Antonio Alcaide wrote:
Jesse, the Stibiotantalite is awesome...

Absolutely!

Antonio Alcaide wrote:
At certain degree It is a nonsense to publish my poor shots after yours, but I wish to encourage medium collectors -like me- to do so...

That's it! Is great to have so good images, but the threads finally could be repetitives without all kind of collectors showing too their "hidden treasures" even humble.
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PostPosted: Sep 24, 2010 23:01    Post subject: Re: A mineralogical trip through the states of USA - California  

Since all I collect anymore are US minerals I made up a website for my collection years ago. It can be found at www (dot) tigerminerals (dot) com. One of these days I we redo the pictures of the older ones. You will find minerals from all 50 states here. Along with some pretty nice ww thumbnails. Jordi sorry if my link is out of line.
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PostPosted: Sep 25, 2010 00:16    Post subject: Re: A mineralogical trip through the states of USA - California  

Jordi, being an American I am disgusted;) by your lack of our states geography;)(please note sarcastic good humored remark..hehehe) You state
"So, the start is California, because it is the state that is furthest west. "
Actually Alaska is the farthest west(would like to see some pics of those fine epidotes..monster mtn. or something is it?) then Hawaii. Even in the continental US Washington state is farther west than California. If we want to get technical..LOL..we will have to do Alaska 3 times since it's the farthest west, north, and even eastern most state..LOL;) I will let it slide this time since you are in Spain and not from here but next time....;);););) :):):)

I don't have any measurments on these 4 specimens as they are a few of the many I sold this last year. Didn't keep records of them. The largest was the bottom one..it was a cabinet size one full of hundreds of crystals..thats an SW shot in there. The ben(1) and ben close up(old camera) is slighty smaller than the top specimen.(was my fist ben specimen ever even.)



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PostPosted: Sep 25, 2010 03:50    Post subject: Re: A mineralogical trip through the states of USA - California  

Great photos - and generally a great idea to make a virtual mineralogical "journey" through the USA, a country whose minerals i really like. Can't wait to see how this project develops when we continue with the different states.
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PostPosted: Sep 25, 2010 07:11    Post subject: Re: A mineralogical trip through the states of USA - California  

Jason wrote:
Jordi, being an American I am disgusted;) by your lack of our states geography;)(please note sarcastic good humored remark..hehehe) You state
"So, the start is California, because it is the state that is furthest west. "
Actually Alaska is the farthest west...

Correct Jason, I forgot to write "farthest southwest". I already corrected it on my message. Thanks for the warning!
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PostPosted: Sep 25, 2010 07:29    Post subject: Re: A mineralogical trip through the states of USA - California  

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...Can't wait to see how this project develops when we continue with the different states.

At your service Tobias ;-) -> https://www.mineral-forum.com/message-board/viewtopic.php?t=1327

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PostPosted: Sep 25, 2010 07:35    Post subject: Re: A mineralogical trip through the states of USA - California  

rweaver wrote:
One of these days I we redo the pictures of the older ones...

If you do it, please share them with us here too!

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PostPosted: Sep 25, 2010 11:50    Post subject: Re: A mineralogical trip through the states of USA - California  

To continue our tour of the Southern California pegmatites...


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Beryl, var. Morganite on Albite, White Queen Mine, Pala District. 4 cm across.
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Spessartine with Schorl, Albite and Quartz, Little Three Mine, Hercules Dike, Ramona District. 4 cm across.
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Spodumene, var. Kunzite, Vandenberg Mine, Pala District. 5.5 cm tall.
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Topaz on Albite, Little Three Mine, Main Dike, Ramona District. Topaz crystal is 3.5 cm tall.
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