Grape Willemite Calcite Andradite Aegirine

Grape Willemite Calcite Andradite Aegirine

Another Franklin NJ fluorescent hand sized specimen. In natural light, the willemite has a reddish grape color. But it glows the same intense green seen in most willemite from this locality. There’s a small amount of red fluorescent calcite scattered through a non-fluorescent andradite/aegirine matrix. There’s more images of this specimen and other from this locale at the Eastern United States page. -dM

Esperite Delight

Esperite Delight

Finally got an esperite specimen from Franklin, New Jersey. And it’s both brightly fluorescent and a beauty in natural light. The esperite glows yellow, willemite green, and calcite red. The dark black non-fluorescent franklinite provides a nice contrast. I first saw Franklin esperite almost 60 years ago. Back then it was identified as calcium larsenite. It was prominently featured in Nature’s Hidden Rainbows, a book […]

Talcville Dam Specimen

Talcville Dam Specimen

Just got 3 new Talcville Dam, NY specimens. They are hand size and contain: tremolite anthophyllite/manganocummingtonite talc One specimen has an attractive texture in natural light. The second one is more crystalline. Both fluoresce with a multitude of pinks, reds and orange that blend into each other. These are classic specimens. And will find a home on the Eastern United States page. The fluorescent images […]

La Grasta Mine Aragonite

La Grasta Mine Aragonite

I’ve just acquired this La Grasta Mine Aragonite from Minershop. Mark Cole writes: The La Grasta mine in Sicily operated from the mid-1800 until 1930. Workers carried ore out on their backs. In the 60’s the mine was reopened, renovated and worked until 1987.  The La Grasta underground tunnels were abandoned in 1987, and all entrances were closed at the end of the 90’s. Today, […]

More Than Just Parks

More Than Just Parks

Oh my gosh! If you love nature, you will more than enjoy More Than Just Parks. The HD video shorts are more than inspirational. They are phenomenal! And they bring tears to this once, far away, western yahoo. -dM

Anthropocene

Anthropocene

I’ve been pondering the Anthropocene since my geology college days. Having seen the geological evidence of how other ages mass have dramatically changed, I wondered how we will fare. In Anthropocene, on the TED Radio Hour, noted thinkers do a little pondering of their own. It’s entertaining and well worth a listen if the Anthropocene has crossed your mind. -dM

Swallowed Up

Swallowed Up

Do you need to breakup your daily routine? Want to face your fears? How about: contemplating caving turn that cave up vertically fill it with  water and scuba dive to the bottom. Want a little additional adrenaline? Turn that cave into the throat of a once active geyser now bubbling, underground hot spring: you’re surrounded by rock 55′ underground a small hole in the ceiling of […]

New Specimen

New Specimen

I’ve got a new specimen thanks to Mark Cole at Minershop.com. It’s a fluorescent yellow apatite on tourmaline and quartz from the Shigar Valley, Pakistan. -dM

EDUV Studio

EDUV Studio

Check out EDUV Studio. A great collection, beautifully photographed and displayed. -dM

Another Langban Specimen

Another Langban Specimen

This new specimen is comprised of a rare combination of: svabite – orange calcite – red-orange contrasted against a dark, non-fluorescent matrix. Nice! Still not much chance of my going to Switzerland, although my son base jumps off their rock walls in his flying squirrel suit. So, I’m thankful they are occasionally sold on eBay by sellers like Mark Cole at minershop.com That’s where I […]

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