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Jun 7th, 2017 at 10:40pm
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New state thread!

I've been collecting in Maryland for over a decade and this state continues to amaze me with its mineral wealth. I hope to post some recent finds soon.

I'll start with this quartz plate I found as float on a hillside on a job site of mine in Baltimore County.
  

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Reply #1 - Jun 8th, 2017 at 12:50pm
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Wow, that's a nice plate!  I assume you dug and found more there?
  

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Reply #2 - Jun 8th, 2017 at 10:19pm
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Yeah buddy, Scott, I did. Found the above specimen face up right beneath the trunk of a fallen tree. The root mass had loads of water clear xtals loose in the soil between the roots. They're small, up to an inch in length max, but they're Shingletrap lazers, and from this state to boot. I dug down and discovered a very shallow, very weathered, simple pegmatite d**e. The quartz xtals are in smoky veins in feldspar. Very little mica. Super cool to find quartz xtals growing directly on feldspar
  

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Reply #3 - Jun 8th, 2017 at 10:22pm
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Before I got into matrix specimens I was finding loose clusters in the A horizon organic soils. Lots of them like these:
  

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Reply #4 - Jun 8th, 2017 at 10:27pm
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Best find from early digging:
  

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Reply #5 - Jun 9th, 2017 at 1:25pm
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Nice finds.  IIRC from the literature and a few older reports,  Baltimore County has lots of potential.
  
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