A Collector's Guide to Maine Mineral Localities

Chapter 5. Photo Gallery of Maine Minerals

Bennett Quarry

lepidolite crystals

Lepidolite crystals mined at Bennett Quarry in 1989. Maine Geological Survey specimen. Photo by John B. Poisson.

morganite crystal

"The Peach," a well-formed 7-cm wide crystal of morganite (beryl) found during the 1989 mining operation by Sugar Hill Minerals. Harvard University specimen. Photo by Gary Hoyle.

Rose of Maine

"The Rose of Maine," an exceptionally large 30-cm wide crystal of gem-quality morganite beryl, in the pocket where it was discovered by Ronald and Dennis Holden of Sugar Hill Minerals, October 7, 1989. Photo by Wayne Flanders, courtesy of Ronald E. Holden, Jr.

Rose of Maine

The Rose of Maine soon after removal from the quarry. Original orange color (revealed here by flashlight) changed to pink following exposure to sunlight. Photo by Gary Hoyle.

Bennett Quarry

Dennis Holden next to freshly opened crystal pockets in north wall of quarry, 1990. Photo by Woodrow B. Thompson.

Black Mountain Quarry

Black Mtn. quarry face

Quarry face at Black Mountain, showing masses of purple lepidolite, dark-colored crystals of tourmaline (center), and white spodumene crystals. Photo by Woodrow B. Thompson.

eosphorite crystals

Elbaite (tourmaline) with lepidolite. Photo by John B. Poisson.

lepidolite mica

Brown eosphorite crystals lining a cavity in cleavelandite feldspar. Harvard University specimen H117004. Photo courtesy of Harvard University.

elbaite with lepidolite

Fine-grained lepidolite mica from the Black Mountain Quarry. Specimen is 10 cm wide. Photo by John B. Poisson.

lepidolite

Lepidolite exposed in quarry face, 1991. Photo by Woodrow B. Thompson.

Mount Mica Quarry

Mount Mica, 1990

New workings in the quarry pit at Mount Mica, looking east, in November, 2004. The pit face shows the contact between the white pegmatite vein and the overlying gray schist. Photo by Leonard Himes.

elbaite

Tourmaline crystal (5 cm long) found at Mount Mica in June, 2004. Photo by Gary Freeman.

elbaite

Large green and pink tourmaline crystal exposed in quarry wall at Mount Mica in November, 2004. Light-purple lepidolite mica is seen below and to left of crystal. The milky white patch in center-right is montebrasite.

Mount Mica, 1990

Remarkable blue fluorapatite crystal (6 cm long) found at Mount Mica in August, 2003, shortly after the quarry was reopened. Photo by Gary Freeman.

Newry Quarries

Dunton Quarry

Entrance to Plumbago Mining Corporation workings at the Dunton Quarry, where a series of large gem tourmaline pockets was discovered in 1972. Note contact (center) between pegmatite and overlying schist. Photo by Woodrow B. Thompson, 1975.

large tourmaline

One of the largest tourmaline crystals found at the Dunton Quarry by the Plumbago Mining Corporation. Scale bar is one inch long. Photo by Rock Currier.

elbaite

Elbaite (tourmaline) crystal from the Dunton Quarry. Harvard University specimen H110182. Photo courtesy of Harvard University.

rose quartz

Rose quartz crystals on albite, from locality on Plumbago Mountain. Photo by Vandall T. King.

Dunton Quarry

Sorting tourmaline crystals at the Dunton Quarry during the 1972-1973 operation by Plumbago Mining Corporation. Note the large crystals on rock in foreground. Photo courtesy of Phillip McCrillis.

Minerals from Other Quarries

topaz

Topaz crystal from Lord Hill Quarry, Stoneham. Harvard University specimen H108799. Photo by Vandall T. King.

Lord Hill Quarry

The Lord Hill Quarry in Stoneham (White Mountain National Forest) is a favorite location for family outings. Photo by Woodrow B. Thompson.

amethyst crystals

Amethyst crystals from the Saltman Prospect, Sweden, Maine. Maine Geological Survey specimen. Photo by John B. Poisson.

Saltman Prospect

Irving Groves (left) and Phillip McCrillis of Plumbago Mining Corporation opening amethyst vein at the Saltman Prospect in Sweden, 1989. Photo by Woodrow B. Thompson.

beryl crystal

Beryl crystal found at the Aldrich Quarry, Stoneham. Photo by Woodrow B. Thompson.

Aldrich Quarry

Beryl crystal found at the Aldrich Quarry, Stoneham. Photo by Woodrow B. Thompson.

staurolite crystals

Staurolite crystals in schist, Cook Road locality, Windham. Photo by Vandall T. King.

hydroxyl-herderite crystals

Hydroxyl-herderite crystals, Waisanen Quarry, Greenwood. Harvard University specimen H108610. Photo by Vandall T. King.

almandine and schorl

Almandine (garnet) and schorl (tourmaline) crystals in pegmatite, Porcupine Hill Quarry, Topsham. Harvard University specimen H126493. Photo by Vandall T. King.

fluorapatite

Fluorapatite crystal, Pulsifer Quarry, Auburn. Harvard University specimen H108943. Photo by Vandall T. King.

gold nuggets

Gold nuggets from the Swift River, Byron. Nugget in upper left (18.5 grams) is one of the largest known from Maine. Photo by Greg Hart, Maine State Museum.

aquamarine beryl crystal

Aquamarine beryl crystal, Topsham. Harvard University specimen H88282. Photo by Rock Currier

topaz crystal

Etched topaz crystal, Fisher Quarry, Topsham. Harvard University specimen H97137. Photo courtesy of Harvard University.


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