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More from Berling Turnpike, Newington, CT

Posted by MIchael Sharpe  
More from Berling Turnpike, Newington, CT
June 15, 2012 03:27PM
Here are some other samples from the period when they were blasting into the traprock.
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Re: More from Berling Turnpike, Newington, CT
June 15, 2012 08:09PM
Calcite, or quartz... no way to tell from photos. I'd suggest an acid test, or examine with a loupe or low power scope for crystal habit, very easy to distinguish the two with either method.
Re: More from Berling Turnpike, Newington, CT
June 18, 2012 12:41AM
Hard to tell precisely from the pictures. I see some areas that look like calcite. (check hardness with knife or steel nail) The other white mineral could be prehnite, which is sometimes that color in Connecticut traprock.
Re: More from Berling Turnpike, Newington, CT
June 18, 2012 01:02AM
By the way, its Berlin Turnpike. And where is this, I live 10 minutes from berlin?
Re: More from Berlin Turnpike, Newington, CT
June 18, 2012 04:33AM
It's the site of the Duncan Donuts next to the Wendys. You are right it is the Berlin Turnpike. They were blasting the basalt to create more site. I suggest as you are driving keep an eye out for construction sites where they are blasting rock.
These were found in 2008. I don't think there is anything to collect unless you want to hammer the rock walls.
Re: More from Berling Turnpike, Newington, CT
June 18, 2012 05:00AM
I know exactly where that is. Those are some nice specimens you have there.

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