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PostPosted: Dec 15, 2009 21:07    Post subject: Re: Gail's collection  

First of all, TxDrummer is now a friend of ours and, we have enjoyed getting together with he and his wife a few times. Nothing better than another couple that enjoy minerals!

Here is a piece that I have doubted, but some collectors that have visited have said is truly from Terlingua, Texas.
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Aragonite, Terlingua, Texas

I feel it is a Gypsum from Mexico. Thoughts?

Joe Budd photo.
Oh, by the way, this was a gift and I really like it no matter the details.



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PostPosted: Dec 15, 2009 21:28    Post subject: Re: Gail's collection  

Looks like gypsum 'ram's horn' to me...it's lovely!

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PostPosted: Dec 15, 2009 21:49    Post subject: Re: Gail's collection  

I am with you Tracy, but Jim is waivering....and we have friends who insist this is aragonite. But heck, it looks like every gypsum I have seen in that habit.
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PostPosted: Dec 15, 2009 23:50    Post subject: Re: Gail's collection  

Hi Gail! Long time no see. Nor hear, but hey, we all figured you and Jim were decompressing from your 53 case endeavor. Anyway, welcome back.
Your gypsum (variety "Ram's Horn" if you will) is from the Crystal Cave, lower levels, (like, maybe the 300 level) Mariposa Mine, California Hill, Terlingua Mercury District, Brewster County, Texas. Pedro and I collected there together several times. Oh sorry, I meant to say Dr Peter Megaw. It's a little bit of work to get down to the level, but the rewards are gratifying. He'll probably weigh in a little later to bolster this response.

You and Jim (and all the other MAD dogs) have a safe and Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year. That goes for all of the other FMF'ers as well.

Hasta la later,

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PostPosted: Dec 16, 2009 00:55    Post subject: Re: Gail's collection  

Howdy there Ed. Thanks for that info, good to know!
The MADsters had their get together for December just the other night and It was my last meeting as the Coordinator, I step down the last of 2009 and Jeff Starr will be taking it over. We are adding a number of new folks to the group and bolstering the numbers as the community in Dallas grows. Even TxDrummer is up for a vote in January, so beware as there may be more than a few of MAD's finest, or worse, on FMF!
Merry Christmas to you, I gotta tell you...love your sense of fun!
Ho! Ho! Ho!
PS..Jim says hi too.
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PostPosted: Dec 16, 2009 03:46    Post subject: Re: Gail's collection  

Hi Gail,

I moved your post -> http://www.mineral-forum.com/message-board/viewtopic.php?p=8559#8559 from "numbering specimens" to this thread of your collection, in order to leave more room to number specimens...;-)

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PostPosted: Dec 16, 2009 22:29    Post subject: Re: Gail's collection  

Apatite on Arsenopyrite, Panasqueira, Portugal
http://www.mineral-forum.com/message-board/viewtopic.php?p=2514#2514 / http://www.mineral-forum.com/message-board/files/apatite_portugalsm_167.jpg

I love this piece of fine blue multi crystals on matrix. Superfine!

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PostPosted: Dec 17, 2009 22:06    Post subject: Re: Gail's collection  

Thanks Jim B! I wasn't sure, until you added the source, of what you were speaking of.
A collector came by this week and stopped and really spoke highly of it, I love when that happens..it makes you step back and see your minerals like they are new again.

Speaking of new, my latest love....this incredible calcite.

7cm x3.5cm X4cm high. Prismatic crystals to 2.5 cm with cloudy bases and transparent teriminations sprayed over hematite matrix. From Pallaflat Mine, Egremont, Cumbria
Ex the 1920's Sibson collection- known as the "fan" calcite.
Ex Lindsay Greenbank collection.



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PostPosted: Dec 17, 2009 23:24    Post subject: Re: Gail's collection  

Pyromorphite Plumbogummite
6cm x 5cm x 4 cm
clusters of bright green lustrous crystals of pyromorphite over sky blue plumbogummite coated quartz matrix.
Roughton Gill, Caldbeck Fells, Cumberland ( now Cumbria ) circa 1850.
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PostPosted: Dec 20, 2009 14:44    Post subject: Re: Gail's collection  

Gail,
The specimen http://www.mineral-forum.com/message-board/files/aragonite_terlingua_texas_1638_402.jpg in http://www.mineral-forum.com/message-board/viewtopic.php?p=8561#8561 is definitively gypsum - it can be from Bou Bekker - Toussit area, Morocco. Number of specimens from this locality reached marked even recently. Local mineral collectors dig there in old quarries and mines - all official mining is finished. Sometime this kind of gypsum comes on matrix, but also very often they are repaired - you have to be very careful buying them.

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PostPosted: Dec 20, 2009 18:36    Post subject: Re: Gail's collection  

Thanks Tomasz, nice thing is that it was a gift from a good friend, so no worries on overpaying for us!
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PostPosted: Dec 27, 2009 11:21    Post subject: Re: Gail's collection  

Ed Huskinson wrote:
Hi Gail! Long time no see. Nor hear, but hey, we all figured you and Jim were decompressing from your 53 case endeavor. Anyway, welcome back.
Your gypsum (variety "Ram's Horn" if you will) is from the Crystal Cave, lower levels, (like, maybe the 300 level) Mariposa Mine, California Hill, Terlingua Mercury District, Brewster County, Texas. Pedro and I collected there together several times. Oh sorry, I meant to say Dr Peter Megaw. It's a little bit of work to get down to the level, but the rewards are gratifying. He'll probably weigh in a little later to bolster this response.

You and Jim (and all the other MAD dogs) have a safe and Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year. That goes for all of the other FMF'ers as well.

Hasta la later,

Ed in Kingman


Happy Post-Christmas...now we can get down to the real New Years...February in Tucson. No doubt in my mind that this is a classic Terlingau rams-horn gypsum...there were forests of these things beneath the big coated slabs in the Crystal Cavern.

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PostPosted: Dec 27, 2009 13:37    Post subject: Re: Gail's collection  

Peter, Jim and I wish to put in a display in Tucson for the main show, we got a letter asking us but I cannot find it in the hectic Christmas mess. How can I verify that we are committed to doing it?
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PostPosted: Dec 28, 2009 21:43    Post subject: Re: Gail's collection  

Gail

I have had this one in my collection since 1988. Came from the following collections Vance C. Tankersley, Norman Dawson and Marion Godshaw. I got it from the Graebers. Sorry about the picture not being very clear. It was taken with a video cam a long time ago.

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PostPosted: Dec 28, 2009 22:41    Post subject: Re: Gail's collection  

RWeaver I am so pleased you took the time to post, thank you much!
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PostPosted: Dec 28, 2009 23:05    Post subject: Re: Gail's collection  

Superb locality piece, rweaver. I had a wonderful cabinet calcite from Terlingua, sadly, I sold it. Some of these things are not replaceable. Enjoy.
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PostPosted: Dec 29, 2009 08:48    Post subject: Re: Gail's collection  

I used to race my mountain bike down in Lajitas, not far from Terlingua. I did so for seven years and would take day trips to various mines with a friend. We rode our mountain bikes to all sorts of old abandoned locations. I used to wonder how anyone could live in such a desolate place.
I Found the opening to a mine that went down quite a ways, but I knew better than to go in and even come close to the opening, it was odd though, the wood was intact and many of the structures were in good shape due to the lack of moisture there.
Our whole race team would come home sick after a week of racing and pre rides, it happened every year and we figured it was the dirt we were inhaling as we raced and rode each day. Then again, it didn't help that the temps, in February, were 18 degrees F. at night and in the 80s during the day.
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PostPosted: Dec 30, 2009 00:01    Post subject: Re: Gail's collection  

Gail, usually a call to the office and speak w Rose will suffice.
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PostPosted: Dec 30, 2009 10:19    Post subject: Re: Gail's collection  

Gail, you're not the first to wonder about the lifestyle challenges at Terlingua. The largest ruin at Terlingua is the 2 story house Clay Perry built in 1906 for his bride ...a young lady from Chicago. She arrived in Terlingua, spent one night in the house and left...never to return! (maybe it was 2 or 3 nights, but she was out of there in a New York minute!). There's an excellent history of Terlingua called "Quicksilver" by Ragsdale, published by Texas A&M (gag...go 'horns!) Press. It may be out of print, but is widely available in the used market. It is a classic story of boom and bust...and putting every cent of the fortune taken out in the boom back into the ground in the bust.


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PostPosted: Dec 30, 2009 13:46    Post subject: Re: Gail's collection  

Peter, THANK YOU! I have sat and looked at the stars in Terlingua at night and wondered what sorts of people lived there years ago, I will have to find that book! Cheers.
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