2009. Today Bob and I went to go
check out one of my favorite spots in Wake County, NC. The
creek here produces some nice crystals ocassionally and
crystal producing veins are all around the place.
We took two basins and
filled them with
water from the creek before lugging them up the hill where the veins of
quartz and siderite were. This turned out to be very
for cleaning off the stuff right on the spot. The thick red
at this spot is very stubborn and the water helped out a lot.
Here's a shard of
quartz with a needle of rutile or schorl and a limonite
pseudomorph after siderite rhomb
at the end of it.
Many of the dikes of
quartz I have dug on
in Wake county have places along the side of the dike that are
crystalized. This is how the pieces above and below were
This is why the other side of these pieces are either
(above) or blend directly into part of the dike itself (below).
Most of the dike, however, is just regular milky bull quartz.
Ocassionally there will be pockets either within the dike
or around the outside of the dike where well formed crystals
After an hour or so of
pulling out broken crystal faces and shards I finally find a decent
whole crystal (below).
I got a huge bonus when I
washed it off in
the basin and found that it had a nice cluster of limonite pseudomorph
after siderite coating one
side of it (below).
I also found a couple chunks of
siderite buried in the red clay.