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A mineralogical trip through the regions of the UK - England / County Durham
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PostPosted: Oct 24, 2013 14:30    Post subject: Re: A mineralogical trip through the regions of the UK - England / County Durham  

Another one from the Blue Circle Cement Quarry.


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Blue Circle Cement Quarry, Eastgate, Weardale, Co.Durham, England, UK
Field of view 5 cm
 Viewed:  15937 Time(s)

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PostPosted: Oct 24, 2013 14:32    Post subject: Re: A mineralogical trip through the regions of the UK - England / County Durham  

Fluorite on Galena from the West Pastures Mine.


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West Pastures Mine, Stanhope, Weardale, North Pennines, Co. Durham, England, UK
Field of view 6 cm
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PostPosted: Oct 24, 2013 14:49    Post subject: Re: A mineralogical trip through the regions of the UK - England / County Durham  

Fluorite from the Cambokeels Mine.


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Fluorite
Cambokeels Mine, Westgate, Weardale, North Pennines, Co.Durham, England, UK
size 10 x 6 cm.
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PostPosted: Oct 26, 2013 07:00    Post subject: Re: A mineralogical trip through the regions of the UK - England / County Durham  

Nice fluorite specimens and photo's Leon, I especially like the one from Cambokeels Mine - that looks like a great specimen!
Thank you and keep posting!
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PostPosted: Oct 27, 2013 21:49    Post subject: Re: A mineralogical trip through the regions of the UK - England / County Durham  

High Resolution Version: https://www.mindat.org/xpic.php?fname=0944984001382927874.jpg


FluoriteQuartz.jpg
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Fluorite, Quartz
Rogerley Mine, Weardale, North Pennines, Co. Durham, England, UK
11.0 x 7.2 cm
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PostPosted: Oct 28, 2013 13:29    Post subject: Re: A mineralogical trip through the regions of the UK - England / County Durham  

A beautiful and unusual specimen Am; never seen one like this before now from Rogerley Mine.
Thanks for sharing, regards, Mike
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PostPosted: Oct 28, 2013 14:16    Post subject: Re: A mineralogical trip through the regions of the UK - England / County Durham  

Thanks Mike.

The back of the mineral label had a hand written note stating that the piece was collected in 2004 from the Corner Pocket.
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PostPosted: Oct 28, 2013 15:44    Post subject: Re: A mineralogical trip through the regions of the UK - England / County Durham  

This is the "snowman" piece?
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PostPosted: Oct 28, 2013 16:17    Post subject: Re: A mineralogical trip through the regions of the UK - England / County Durham  

Yes. This is the "Snow Man".
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PostPosted: Oct 28, 2013 17:48    Post subject: Re: A mineralogical trip through the regions of the UK - England / County Durham  

Thanks guys for the explanation, my apologies Am.
Sincerely, Mike
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PostPosted: Oct 28, 2013 21:11    Post subject: Re: A mineralogical trip through the regions of the UK - England / County Durham  

The Corner Pocket was so named because it formed a corner alcove on the north edge of the West Crosscut zone of flats that we had been working since 2001. Fluorite crystals from this area were typically small, often on a matrix of white crystalline quartz, and often with a partial coating of a later generation, fine grained quartz. Stalactite-like forms were common in the pocket, such as the one below.


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Fluorite on quartz
Rogerley Mine, Frosterley, Weardale, Co. Durham, England, UK
approximately 10 cm tall
From the Corner Pocket, West Crosscut, 2004
 Viewed:  15648 Time(s)

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PostPosted: Oct 30, 2013 17:21    Post subject: Re: A mineralogical trip through the regions of the UK - England / County Durham  

Fluorite from Frazer's Hush showing an unusual purple exterior over a pale green inner core.


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Frazer's Hush Mine, Rookhope Valley, County Durham, England, UK
largest crystal 25x20mm
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PostPosted: Oct 30, 2013 19:16    Post subject: Re: A mineralogical trip through the regions of the UK - England / County Durham  

Until it's final close in 1987 the Blackdene Mine was one of the major specimen-producing mines in the area. One of the largest finds in the recent history of the mine occurred in the early 1970s. The specimens are typically masses of small, bright purple twinned fluorite crystals with associated cube-octahedral galena crystals and occasional chalcopyrite, and are immediately recognizable.

A former Blackdene miner who frequents the pub near where we stay each summer in Weardale told me a story about the find. Evidently the find was quite large, and many of the miners (including him) were involved in collecting specimens as a sideline to their mining duties. The mine management would usually ignore this as long as it didn't interfere with their regular work. The miners who were interested in collecting would usually try to be somewhat circumspect, and would limit themselves to one powder box full of specimens each shift, which they would load on top of the mine's battery locomotive and haul out at the end of the shift. Evidently, one miner by the name of Bobby Reid was not quite so circumspect and would take as much as he could get his hands on. He became a major source of specimens from this find for the mineral dealers who visited the area, but on one occasion he managed to irritate a customer by holding out for too high a price. The customer evidently went to the mine management and tried to cut a deal directly with them for specimens. Instead of getting a better deal, this only brought the level of collecting activity to their attention and resulted on a total crackdown on the practice. The find is sometimes referred to as "Bobby Reid's Pocket" in his honor.



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Galena with Fluorite and Chalcopyrite
Blackdene Mine, Ireshopeburn, Weardale, Co. Durham
9x4x4 cm overall size
 Viewed:  15544 Time(s)

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PostPosted: Jan 18, 2014 00:21    Post subject: Re: A mineralogical trip through the regions of the UK - England / County Durham  

Just to be a little self-indulgent, here is one of my favorite Rogerley specimens, recovered from the Jewel Box Pocket on literally the last day of mining for the season in late August 2007.


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Fluorite
Rogerley Mine, Jewel Box Pocket, Frosterley, Weardale, Co. Durham
15 cm across
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PostPosted: Jan 19, 2014 14:25    Post subject: Re: A mineralogical trip through the regions of the UK - England / County Durham  

Bicolor fluorite with calcite, Blackdene Mine. Likely recovered during mining on the Slitt Vein in the early 1970s.


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 Description:
Fluorite and Calcite
Blackdene Mine, Ireshopeburn, Weardale, Co. Durham
9x5x5 cm overall.
 Viewed:  14714 Time(s)

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PostPosted: Mar 26, 2014 16:10    Post subject: Re: A mineralogical trip through the regions of the UK - England / County Durham  

Things have gone a bit quiet here, so perhaps time for a few more fluorites. Both are from the Cambokeels Mine, which was one of the later operating fluorspar mines in Weardale, and a fairly prolific specimen producer. Both came from a fairly vuggy area in the mine known as the "Zinc Flats" in 1987-1988, shortly before final closure of the mine.


Cambo-8270r.jpg
 Description:
Fluorite on Quartz
Cambokeels Mine, near Eastgate, Weardale, County Durham
12x10x8 cm overall size.
 Viewed:  14306 Time(s)

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F360-7971r.jpg
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Fluorite on Quartz
Cambokeels Mine, near Eastgate, Weardale, County Durham
12x9x6 cm overall size
 Viewed:  14277 Time(s)

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PostPosted: Mar 27, 2014 13:40    Post subject: Re: A mineralogical trip through the regions of the UK - England / County Durham  

Very beautiful and inspiring specimens Jesse; thanks for sharing these.

Mike
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PostPosted: May 05, 2014 13:08    Post subject: Re: A mineralogical trip through the regions of the UK - England / County Durham  

Yet more fluorite displaying twinning & colour zonation.


884 FluoriteBlueCircleCementQuarry.jpg
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fluorite
Blue Circle Cement Quarry, Eastgate, Weardale, County Durham, England, UK
~18 x 17 mm
 Viewed:  13790 Time(s)

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PostPosted: Jun 20, 2014 08:37    Post subject: Re: A mineralogical trip through the regions of the UK - England / County Durham  

This is one of the early specimens from the new finds at Greenlaws mine. The corner is totally gemmy and there is an interesting mix of colors.


IMG_0813 (2).jpg
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Fluorite, Siderite
Greenlaws Mine, Daddry Shield, Weardale, North Pennines, Co. Durham, England, UK
Main crystal is 4 x 5 cm
 Viewed:  13132 Time(s)

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IMG_0818 (2).jpg
 Description:
Fluorite, Siderite
Greenlaws Mine, Daddry Shield, Weardale, North Pennines, Co. Durham, England, UK
Main crystal is 4 x 4 cm
Different color mix this time
 Viewed:  13151 Time(s)

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PostPosted: Aug 25, 2014 04:52    Post subject: Re: A mineralogical trip through the regions of the UK - England / County Durham  

One more...


Galena on Quartz - Blackdene Mine_Ireshopeburn_Weardale_Durham_England_United Kingdom.jpg
 Mineral: Galena on Quartz
 Locality:
Blackdene Mine, Ireshopeburn, Weardale, North Pennines Orefield, County Durham, England, United Kingdom
 Dimensions: Specimen size: 5.3 × 4 × 4.5 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 3.6 × 3.3 cm
Photo & Specimen: Reference Specimens
 Viewed:  12003 Time(s)

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