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Tourmaline - Simpson Quarry, South Glastonbury, Glastonbury, Hartford Co., Connecticut, USA

Posted by Rowan Lytle  
avatar Tourmaline - Simpson Quarry, South Glastonbury, Glastonbury, Hartford Co., Connecticut, USA
March 27, 2012 09:45PM
    
I always thought that it was strange that there was no green tourmaline at Simpson, until I saw this, but are you sure it isn't from Hollister?

-Rowan Lytle

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Rowan, if you can be sure of one thing, it is Mike knows where he collected this. Lol and if there is something interesting to be found, Mike will find it.
Rowan Lytle Wrote:
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> I always thought that it was strange that there
> was no green tourmaline at Simpson, until I saw
> this, but are you sure it isn't from Hollister?

Hi Rowan, Absolutely sure this is where I collected this piece. I've never been to Hollister or have any pieces from there. The green Tourmaline in question is on a piece I culled from my bucket upon returning from Simpson and banished to the back yard not remembering why I kept it. I walked by it recently and again noticed the green mineral and realised why I picked it up in the first place. Not a very impressive or asthetically pleasing to the eye specimen.Asked for an ID here and was happy to have Fritz ID it for me since he is so knowledgeable and familiar with Simpson. And David, I have been fortunate enough to have found some interesting things in the field but I don't always know what I'm looking at. Thanks my friends for helping educate me
Tourmaline like that is rare at simpson, so It is actually a pretty cool piece.

-Rowan Lytle

Necessities:
Food, Water, Shelter, Fire, Minerals.
There is plenty of nice green elbaite to be found at Simpson Quarry with diligence. This is a very typical piece. A few years ago, I collected quite a few apple green prismatic crystals from a boulder of cleavelandite, lepidolite, and quartz. Some of the better crystals are even kind of gemmy and transparent. Mike, did you visit the locality recently? I have heard there has been trouble with accessibility. I want to go back there to try to find unusual minerals to submit for XRD and Raman IR analysis. I think there could be new species for our state lurking in those dumps.
Jeremy A. Zolan Wrote:
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> There is plenty of nice green elbaite to be found
> at Simpson Quarry with diligence. This is a very
> typical piece. A few years ago, I collected quite
> a few apple green prismatic crystals from a
> boulder of cleavelandite, lepidolite, and quartz.
> Some of the better crystals are even kind of gemmy
> and transparent. Mike, did you visit the locality
> recently? I have heard there has been trouble with
> accessibility. I want to go back there to try to
> find unusual minerals to submit for XRD and Raman
> IR analysis. I think there could be new species
> for our state lurking in those dumps.


Jeremy, I believe it was the summer of 2010 when I collected there last. No problem with access at that time as I met many people there as well as the Boston Mineral Club. There was a new road put in near the path in but no postings or anything like that. How long ago did you here of a problem with access?
We should all plan a field dig day.....say next sat the 14th
Matt Kimble and I are going soon, we will try for some elbaites!

-Rowan Lytle

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Food, Water, Shelter, Fire, Minerals.
Rowan me and mike are going next saturday....will you and matt come?
I don't think I can, but I would love to.

-Rowan Lytle

Necessities:
Food, Water, Shelter, Fire, Minerals.
What about the following week? The 14th is difficult for me. Mike
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