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Posted by Rock Currier  
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October 14, 2010 09:10AM
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Can you help make this a better article? What good localities have we missed? Can you supply pictures of better specimens than those we show here? Can you give us more and better information about the specimens from these localities? Can you supply better geological or historical information on these localities?


Calcite
USA
Nevada, Elco Co., Bootstrap District, Meikle Mine

Calcite 9cm wide© Rob Lavinsky
Calcite 5.3cm wide© Rob Lavinsky


Calcite 6.6cm wide© Dan & Diana Weinrich Minerals
Calcite 5.4cm tall© Dan & Diana Weinrich Minerals


Calcite 6cm wide© A&M
Calcite 5.5cm wide© Weinrich Minerals, Inc.

The Meikle mine is a large underground gold mine currently operating near Elco, Nevada [2010] and is recently well known to mineral collectors for its outstanding golden barite crystals. It also produces a few decent calcite specimens.


Calcite
USA
Nevada, Elko Co., Bootstrap District, Rossi Mine (Sage Hen group)

Calcite 6.2cm tall© Rob Lavinsky
Calcite 6.2cm wide©


Calcite
USA
Nevada, Humboldt Co., Black Rock Desert area, Devil's Corral

Calcite 6cm center© 2001 John H. Betts
Calcite 6cm wide© 2001 John H. Betts


Calcite 4cm wide© 2001 John H. Betts




Calcite
USA
Nevada, Lyon Co., Yerington District, Yerington

Calcite 2.6cm tall© 2001 John H. Betts
Calcite 19cm tall© Karl Volkman 10/07


Calcite 10cm wide© 2002 John H. Betts

This locality was worked back in the 60s for calcite specimens by Ed McDole. I never got a better locality than just Yerington and it would appear that no one else who has uploaded a picture of one of these to Mindat did either. Does anyone know anything about this occurrence? Is it a mine, cave? or what?. Any associated minerals?


Calcite
USA
New Jersey, Essex Co., Montclair

Calcite 6cm tall© Joseph A. Freilich
Calcite 10cm wide© Joseph Polityka


Calcite on Quartz ~12cm© EAS 2010

Montclair is the name of a town in New Jersey and the name of a particular quarry in that town. It is one of many basalt quarries in the Watchung Mountains, if you wish to dignify them with the term mountain. It has been familiar to mineral collectors that live in the region for generations and like other trap rock quarries in the region has intermittently produced specimens with the intermittent blessings of the companies that work these quarries for road metal and construction material. Sometimes the specimens have been recovered by the quarry workers but most of the specimens have been recovered by enthusiastic, hard working mineral collectors and rockhounds who sometimes know what they are doing. Montclair, like the other basalt quarries in the region are known for the zeolite and related minerals that they produce from amygdaloidal cavities. Sometimes they produce nice calcite specimens which are often cunningly associated with other mineral species. The variety of specimens shown here from Montclair and the other quarries is by no means exhaustive and as more fine specimens from these localities are photographed and uploaded to Mindat they will be added to the article.

The trap rock quarries of the Watchungs combined with the nearby unique zinc mines at Franklin & Sterling Hill New Jersey is one of the pivotal areas near large population centers that were key to developing mineralogy and promoting mineral collecting as a hobby and an avocation. New Jersey is the mostly densely populated state in the union, and lies just across the Hudson River from New York city and convenient for millions for day trips. It made a perfect breeding ground for collectors, and mineralogists of every kind. I can't count the number of well known collectors, dealers and mineralogists and mineral museum curators that got their start among the trap rock quarries of the Watchungs or in their youth spent more than just a little time trying to ferret out the treasures of the region. I was a ten year veteran mineral collector from the southwest USA before I found my way to the east coast and discovered the blandishments of the new Jersey traps. Although I was involved in much of the early importation of zeolites from the Deccan Traps of India to the USA, which in many ways dwarf the New Jersey production of Zeolite specimens, I still have a soft spot in my heart for the specimens produced in the region and came to appreciate the role they have played in mineralogy and and mineral collecting.
[Rock Currier 2010]


Calcite
USA
New Jersey, Hudson Co., Bergen Hill, Edgewater, Bulls Ferry Quarry

Calcite 9.5cm wide© Rob Lavinsky



Calcite
USA
New Jersey, Hudson Co., Bergen Hill, Jersey City, Erie Railroad Cut (Bergen Archways)

Calcite on Datolite 12.2cm wide© Frank A. Imbriacco III
Calcite ~11cm wide© EAS 2010

The Bergen Arches is the common name for the railroad cut made by the Erie Railroad in Jersey City, New Jersey that cut through the part of the lower New Jersey Palisades known as Bergen Hill. From 1906 to 1910, 250,000 pounds of dynamite was used to remove 800,000 cubic yards of rock. The Arches were the bridges built over the track line. The whole project was accompanied by huge cost overruns and as you might imagine of such a such a large high profile construction project in a densely populated area, it was a magnet for lookie-loos. The rock that was removed was a specimen rich amygdaloidal basalt (ancient mineralized gas bubbles) and of course, every collector within 100 miles was there collecting when ever they could. Of course every kid with nothing better to do was there watching the proceedings. I can see it now. "Hey mister!, why are you pounding on those rocks?", "Well son, I'm not looking for rocks. See these little pocket in the rocks and these little sparkling white cubes? They are called Apophyllite crystals. There are other kinds that grow with them. Now these little white needles are called natrolite and these are........". OK, you get the picture. That kid could have been someone like John Sinkankas, though this particular dig might have been a few years years before his time. Today the Bergan Arches is an abandoned track line, whose functionality has long sense been replaced by many other tunnels and bridges. Specimens from the Bergan Arches construction site are today quite rare and though at the time, the specimens it produced were considered of good quality, they have been outclassed by so many subsequent finds in from other quarries in the region about the best you can say about them today is that they are "classic", "historical" or "quaint".
[Rock Currier 2010]


Calcite
USA
New Jersey, Hudson Co., Secaucus, Laurel Hill (Snake Hill; Penetentiary Quarry)

Calcite & Stilbite 5cm wide© Frank A. Imbriacco III
Calcite 3.5cm wide© 2001 John H. Betts

I knew this quarry at the Snake Hill quarry but there are others that know much more about the specimens from this place and I hope that one of them will step up and and tell us something about the calcites and other minerals from this old well known locality.


Calcite
USA
New Jersey, Mercer Co., Hopewell Township, Moore, Delaware River Quarry and Construction Co. Quarry, Trap Rock Industries Moore's Station Quarry

Calcite on Stilbite 6.8cm wide© Frank A. Imbriacco III
Calcite on Stilbite 4.5cm wide© Frank A. Imbriacco III


Calcite on Stilbite 5.2cm wide© Frank A. Imbriacco III



Calcite
USA
New Jersey, Passaic Co., Haledon, Braen Quarry (Sam Braen Quarry)

Calcite on Quartz ~13cm wide© EAS 2008
Calcite ~8cm wide© EAS 2008


Calcite ~7.5cm wide© EAS 2008
Calcite & Pyrite 7.5cm wide© EAS 2008


Calcite 6.1cm tall© Rob Lavinsky



Calcite
USA
New Jersey, Passaic Co., Little Falls Township, Houdaille Quarry (Consolidated Stone and Sand Company Quarry; Consolidated Quarry)

Calcite 6.5cm wide© Frank A. Imbriacco III
Calcite on Stilbite 7.3cm wide© Frank A. Imbriacco III


Calcite
USA
New Jersey, Passaic Co., Paterson

Calcite on Prehnite 10.3cm wide© Rob Lavinsky



Calcite
USA
New Jersey, Passaic Co., Prospect Park, Prospect Park Quarry (Sowerbutt Quarry; Vandermade Quarry; Warren Brothers Quarry)

Calcite on micro stilbite & Quartz ~8cm tall© EAS 2008
Calcite on Quartz 9.3cm tall© Frank A. Imbriacco III


Calcite ~7cm wide©
Calcite on Prehnite 15cm wide© Joseph Polityka


Calcite 8.9cm wide© Rob Lavinsky
Calcite on Prehnite 13cm wide©


Calcite
USA
New Jersey, Passaic Co., Paterson, Upper New Street Quarry (Burger's Quarry)

Calcite & Chabazite etc. 7cm wide© Frank A. Imbriacco III
Calcite on Chabazite 9.3cm wide© Frank A. Imbriacco III


Calcite on Quartz 6cm center© 2002 John H. Betts
Calcite after Glauberite ~6cm wide© EAS 2008

Of all the quarries of the Watchung Range, this one at Prospect Park is probably the best known and may have produced more good specimens than the others. This kind of thing is endlessly argued among mineral collectors just like sports fans endlessly argue about things like who is the best Pitcher in baseball or the best all time Quarterback. It has been operating for closer to a hundred years than not and from my limited time spent collecting in the quarry I can attest that it might very well be true. I have heard endless stories about the place. About well known collectors in their youth, running full tilt through the woods in the middle of the night directly into trees while trying to escape the night watchman and of collectors lovering themselves down the rock walls in the night to access crystal bearing pockets opened by that days blasting. I have heard of collectors driving into the quarry when permitted and finding the quarry floor littered with fine specimens of prehnite from a recent blast such that they could fill up their truck in a half an hour. I have been in the quarry after a blast and seen parts of the quarry walls showing many open pockets that from a distance looked like white graffiti on a dark wall. The best pocket I collected was perhaps a meter across, lined with good quality prehnite with nice pale yellow Datolite crystals scattered over it. Though this was eclipsed by what I saw and later collected in some of the basalt quarries of the Deccan Plateau in India, it left an indelible impression. Though it has produced some very nice calcite specimens, a few of which are pictured above, it is better known for its Prehnite specimens and other minerals.
[Rock Currier 2010]


Calcite
USA
New Jersey, Somerset Co., Bernards Township, Millington Quarry (Morris County Crushed Stone Co. Quarry; Tilcon Quarry)

Calcite & Prehnite 6.9cm wide© Frank A. Imbriacco III
Calcite & Natrolite etc. ~7cm wide© EAS 2008


Calcite on Pectolite, 5cm wide© EAS 2009



Calcite
USA
New Jersey, Somerset Co., Bridgewater Township, Chimney Rock Quarry (Houdaille Industries Quarry; The Bound Brook Quarry; Stavola Industries Quarry)

Calcite crystals to 4cm © Rolando Matteoni
Calcite 4cm tall© Frank A. Imbriacco III


Calcite 8.4cm wide© Frank A. Imbriacco III
Calcite ~15cm wide© EAS 2008


Calcite 10cm wide© EAS 2008
Calcite ~13cm wide© EAS 2008


Calcite on Prehnite 10cm wide© EAS 2007


This quarry is much better known for its nearly world class thumb size and longer Natrolite crystals than its Calcite crystals which you can see are sometimes pleasant.


Calcite
USA
New Jersey, Somerset Co., Watchung, Fanwood Quarry (Fanwood Stone Crushing and Quarry Co. Quarry; Fanwood Crushed Stone Co. Quarry; Scotch Plains Quarry; Weldon Quarry)

Calcite on Prehnite 8cm wide© Frank A. Imbriacco III
Calcite on Prehnite 8.2cm wide© Frank A. Imbriacco III


Calcite 4.7cm tall© Frank A. Imbriacco III
Calcite on Prehnite 15cm wide© EAS 2007


Calcite on Prehnite 10cm wide© EAS 2007
Calcite 11cm wide©


Calcite 8.3cm tall© Rob Lavinsky
Calcite 8cm tall© Stephen Blyskal


Calcite
USA
New Jersey, Sussex Co., Franklin Mining District, Franklin

Calcite, Willemite & Franklinite 7cm© Pedro Gonz├ílez
Calcite, Willemite & Franklinite 7cm© Pedro Gonz├ílez


Calcite, cut & polished 12.5cm wide©


There are few if any decent terminated Calcite crystals to be found at Franklin or Sterling Hill, but what is notable and found in abundance are thousands of tons of massive Calcite. The calcite that is in close proximity to the zinc deposit usually has enough manganese in it to impart a brilliant red fluorescence to the Calcite under ultraviolet light. It frequently has other minerals like Willemite scattered around in it that fluoresce green and other minerals often impart other colors as well. Under ultraviolet light this otherwise drab looking rock is striking and is called Christmas tree rock. Hundreds of tons of this material have been shipped all over the world and I doubt that there is a single museum collection that is without a piece. This, if for no other reason, earns this rather drab looking mineral a place in best minerals.


Calcite
USA
New Mexico, Hidalgo Co., Pyramid Mts, Lordsburg District, Virginia District, Bonney Mine (Banner Mine)

Calcite 10cm wide© Walter R. Kellogg



Calcite
USA
New Mexico, Luna Co., Florida Mountains District

Calcite ~10cm wide© 2008 Peter Cristofono


The Pyrolusite must be on the back of the specimen.


Calcite
USA
New Mexico, Socorro Co., Magdalena District, Kelly Mine

Calcite 15cm wide© Charles Creekmur
Calcite 7cm wide© 2003 John H. Betts

The Kelly Mine does produce a few decent calcite specimens, but it is much better known for its blue Smithsonite specimens.

Calcite
USA
New Mexico, Taos Co., Picuris District, Trampas, Iceberg claim (Iceberg lode claim)

While prospecting the ridge of hornblende schists south of the Harding mine in 1931, Juan A. Brown of Dixon New Mexico unearthed a calcite deposit beneath two or three feet of overburden. Nor realizing the character or possible worth of the deposit he blasted at the apex of the deposit in order to open it up and revealed calcite of optical grade. The deposit lies about 400 feet southwest of the Harding mine quarry at about 7500 feet altitude. In 1939, a pit of 15 by 20 feet was dug to a depth of about 25 feet. This pit produced about 850 pounds of optical-grade material was mined, trimmed and shipped mostly to the Bausch and Lomb Optical Company. The largest single piece of optical-grade Iceland spar obtained from the deposit by the end of 1939 weighed 5 pounds, 8 oz.

The deposit appeared to lie in a vein bounded by a zone of breccia. Some of the calcite found here was pink and banded and graded into white transparent material, much of which was twinned and of not value for optical work. The author of the American Mineralogist article said that he found several pieces on the dump showing perfect conchoidal cleavage. The mine/pit exposed some very large white opaque calcite crystals, one of which was estimated to weigh about 30 tons. No beautiful terminations here though. It is not known if any pictures of specimens mined from this deposit still exist or not.

1. American Mineralogist, 1940, Vol.25, p 357-367.

Calcite
USA
New York, Albany Co., Coeymans, Ravena, Lafarge Quarry (Ravena Quarry; Blue Bell Quarry)

Calcite & Pyrite ~3cm wide© 2008 Peter Cristofono



Calcite
USA
New York, Herkimer Co., Little Falls, Living Mountain Mine

Calcite on Dolomite 4.5cm wide© Geoffrey Krasnov



Calcite
USA
New York, Lewis Co., Sterlingbush

Calcite 8cm wide© Joseph Polityka


This specimen is from an old time find (1906). The crystals were originally violet color, but I suspect that this one has faded out over the years. It is variously describes as being from a military base, a quarry and a cave. Its possible I suppose that it could have been all three.


Calcite
USA
New York, Madison Co., Fenner Township, Chittenango Falls Route 13 roadcut

Calcite & Celestine 6cm tall© Joseph Polityka



Calcite
USA
New York, Monroe Co., Penfield, Dolomite Products Quarry (Penfield Quarry)

Calcite, Dolomite 3.5cm© Maggie Wilson
Calcite on Dolomite Calcite 10cm tall© Joseph Polityka

The little white to cream colored curved dolomite crystals are unambitious in the quarry, and some of the calcites are OK, but what you really want to get from there are some of the beautifully sharp, clean small purple fluorite crystals perched on the dolomite crystals. Good ones are very scarce.


Calcite
USA
New York, Montgomery Co., St Johnsville, Benchmark Quarry

Calcite including Marcasite 9cm© 2001 John H. Betts


A curious specimen of calcite including Marcasite. They are rare but are not about to put the beautiful specimens of "Herkimer" quartz crystals out of business anytime soon.


Calcite
USA
New York, Niagara Co., Lockport

Calcite on Dolomite 3.6cm wide© Rob Lavinsky
Calcite ~6cm wide© 2008 Peter Cristofono


Calcite
USA
New York, St Lawrence Co., Balmat-Edwards Zinc District, Balmat, St Joe No. 3 Mine

Calcite, Chalcopyrite etc. 14.2cm tall© Rob Lavinsky



Calcite
USA
New York, St Lawrence Co., Talcville, Hyatt Mine

Calcite 3cm wide© 2001 John H. Betts



Calcite
USA
New York, Westchester Co., Verplanck

Calcite 9cm wide© 2001 John H. Betts



Calcite
USA
Ohio, Adams Co., Sinking Spring

Calcite & Pyrite 7cm wide© willy



Calcite
USA
Ohio, Huron Co., Monroeville, West Branch Huron River, Blue Bridge (Lameraux Bridge)

Calcite var. Septarian nodule 15cm tall© 0


There are countless tons of Sectarian nodules scattered around the world and most of them are made up mostly of calcite. Some of them are more than a meter in diameter. This one just had such a classical shape and ridge pattern that I just had to throw it in till we can get some better ones one to demonstrate what the look like. I am sure as more and better ones are uploaded to Mindat, this one will get switched out for better ones. Also see the Septarian nodules a but further town the article under Muddy Creek, Utah where you can see the internal structured of cut and polished Septarian nodules.


Calcite
USA
Ohio, Lucas Co., Sylvania

Calcite 20cm tall© Rob Lavinsky



Calcite
USA
Ohio, Ottawa Co., Clay Center

Calcite 8.3cm wide© Rob Lavinsky
Calcite 10.4cm wide© Rob Lavinsky


Calcite on Celestite 4.4cm© Rob Lavinsky


The quarry at Clay center has produced some OK calcite specimens but it is better known for its spiky white Celestite specimens and root beer colored fluorites. Some collectors would murder their grandmother for a fine specimen of root beer colored fluorite associated the nice white Celestite crystals.


Calcite
USA
Ohio, Ottawa Co., Clay Center, Edward Kraemer & Sons Inc. Quarry (White Rock Quarry)

Calcite 6.3 center© Weinrich Minerals, Inc.



Calcite
USA
Ohio, Ottawa Co., Clay Center, Quarry, Kelly Island Stone Co.

Calcite 13cm wide© 2001 John H. Betts



Calcite
USA
Ohio, Paulding Co., Junction, Stoneco Auglaize quarry (Maumee Stone Co. quarry)

Calcite 6cm tall© Geoffrey Krasnov
Calcite & Fluorite 4.5cm tall© Geoffrey Krasnov


Calcite 9.8cm wide© J. Nemitz
Calcite 5.9cm tall© Rob Lavinsky


Calcite 5.7cm tall© Dan & Diana Weinrich Minerals



Calcite
USA
Ohio, Wood Co., Custar, Pugh Quarry (France Stone Co. Custar quarry)

Calcite 7.4cm wide© www.exceptionalminerals.com
Calcite 12cm tall© Joseph A. Freilich


Calcite 4cm wide© Geoffrey Krasnov
Calcite 8.9cm wide© Henry Minot 2008


Calcite 3.7cm tall© Rob Lavinsky
Calcite 5cm tall© 2002 John H. Betts


Calcite & Celestine 8.5cm© Russell G. Rizzo
Calcite 9.9cm tall© Dan & Diana Weinrich Minerals


Calcite 10.5cm wide© Curtis Breuer
Calcite & Baryte 12.5cm wide©


Calcite 7.5cm wide;cote© Carles Millan
Calcite 8.cm wide© HGG


Calcite 10.2cm wide© Steve Hardinger
Calcite 10.2cm wide© Dan & Diana Weinrich Minerals


Calcite 21cm wide© Henry Minot 2008


From the number of nice calcites shown here from the Pugh quarry you can tell that it is a prolific producer of calcite specimens and popular with Midwestern collectors as well.

Calcite
USA
Oklahoma, Major Co.

Calcite after halite 2.5 cm wide© Rob Lavinsky


This is the kind of calcite specimen that you might expect to find in flat farming country with lots of rich soil and not a lot else. Its not going to win any beauty contests. So sue me, I like pseudomorphs.


Calcite
USA
Oklahoma, Murray Co., Davis, Sooner Rock Quarry

Calcite 7.3cm wide©



Calcite
USA
Oklahoma, Ottawa Co., Tri-State District, Cardin, Kenora Mine

Calcite 8.9cm tall© Michael Shaw



Calcite
USA
Oklahoma, Ottawa Co., Tri-State District, Cardin, Tri-State Mine

Calcite 14cm© 2002 John H. Betts



Calcite
USA
Oklahoma, Ottawa Co., Tri-State District, Cardin, Eagle Picher Mine

Calcite 7.6cm tall© Rob Lavinsky
Calcite on Dolomite 14cm center© 2002 John H. Betts


Calcite etc. 7cm tall© Geoffrey Krasnov
Calcite 21cm wide© Geoffrey Krasnov


Calcite
USA
Oklahoma, Ottawa Co., Tri-State District, Picher Field

Calcite 9.9cm wide© Rob Lavinsky
Calcite 7.4cm wide© Rob Lavinsky


Calcite on Dolomite 5cm wide
Calcite 10.5cm tall© Rob Lavinsky


Calcite 11.4cm tall© Rob Lavinsky
Calcite, Galena & Sphalerite ~6cm wide©

The Tristate District is a now abandoned lead mining district that produced huge quantities of galena and zinc ore for more than 100 years. The region was hugely productive of specimens and it is now hard to imagine where they have all disappeared to. I got to collect underground there in my youth in the last days of the district. You would jump in a barrel and get lowered down to a little diesel powered jeep which was near was near the bottom of the shaft. You would get in the jeep and drive off to a collecting site with your peach baskets full of newspapers for wrapping. The little six cm specimen above with Calcite, Galena and little black Sphalerite crystals on "hog chawed" chert was considered almost a throw away specimen and Chink Enders, the independent contract "scab" miner who I had paid to show me around in one of little mines apologized for the miserable collecting. He said if I could come back the following week we would drive over (underground) to some of the other connecting mines where he knew of better collecting and we could get more and better stuff. All I had to do to get the nice specimens was bang a little on the chert brachia and wrap up the pieces I wanted to keep. It usually involved more warping than swinging the hammer. Rooms or caverns lined with foot long or large calcite crystals were nothing unusual.


Calcite
USA
Oklahoma, Ottawa Co., Tri-State District, Picher Field, Hockerville

Calcite 10cm tall© Beth Schaefer



Calcite
USA
Oklahoma,Ottawa Co., Tri-State District, Picher Field, Hockerville, Lucky Ok Mine

Calcite 15cm wide©



Calcite
USA
Oklahoma, Ottawa Co., Tri-State District, Picher Field, Golden Hawk Mine

Calcite 6.3cm wide©



Calcite
USA
Oklahoma, Ottawa Co., Tri-State District, Picher Field, Kenoyer Mine

Calcite on chert 10.5cm© Rob Lavinsky



Calcite
USA
Oklahoma, Ottawa Co., Tri-State District, Picher Field, Hockerville, Scott Mine

Calcite 8cm wide© 2003 John H. Betts



Calcite
USA
Oregon, Grant Co., North Fork John Day River, Monkey Creek

Calcite 4.6cm wide© John Sobolewski



Calcite
USA
Oregon, Wasco Co., The Dalles, Highway 197 roadcut

Calcite 6.7cm wide© Eric Graff



Calcite
USA
Oregon, Yamhill Co., Gopher Valley Quarry

Calcite 45cm wide© John Cornish
Calcite, 13cm wide© John Cornish

This is a quarry for road and building material working pillow basalts that is known from time to time to produce "big pockets" of calcite and other zeolite minerals. In 1998 Rudy Tschernich visited the quarry and saw obvious signs of big open pockets 30 feet up on the quarry wall. Not being able to access them he reported them his friend John Cornish who had a 40 foot ladder. John was able to open and collect the pockets by standing on the top of the ladder for more than 16 hours. The largest of the two pockets was about 2 meter deep and contained fine calcite and natrolite specimens. About 40 flats of material were collected at this time. Perhaps the best piece from the pocket was a 45cm specimen with a 10cm rhombohedral golden brown calcite crystal that contains an 8cm movable bubble and is currently on display at the Rice Museum in Hillsboro, Oregon, USA. Little has come out in recent years, mostly because collectors have irritated the quarry owner and he does not permit collecting in the quarry.
[John Cornish & [Rudy Tschernich 2010]


Calcite
USA
Pennsylvania, Adams Co., Fairfield Quarry

Calcite 7.8cm wide© J. Nemitz



Calcite
USA
Pennsylvania, Berks Co., Birdsboro, Gickerville (Gibralter), Dyer Quarry

Calcite 5.5cm wide© M.Heintzelman



Calcite
USA
Pennsylvania, Chester Co., Schuylkill Township, Phoenixville Mining District, Wheatley Mines

Calcite 5.1cm wide© Rob Lavinsky



Calcite
USA
Pennsylvania, Cumberland Co., Shippensburg, Valley Quarry

Calcite 4.5cm tall



Calcite
USA
Pennsylvania, Lycoming Co., Jersey Shore, Pine Creek Quarry

Calcite 6.5cm wide© M.Heintzelman



Calcite
USA
Pennsylvania, Montgomery Co., Marlborough Township, Perkiomenville, Kibblehouse Quarry

Calcite 9cm wide© M.Heintzelman



Calcite
USA
Pennsylvania, York Co., York

Calcite 10.4cm tall© Rob Lavinsky
Calcite 5.5cm tall© Rob Lavinsky


Calcite 13.7cm wide© Rob Lavinsky
Calcite 21.9cm wide© jnemitz


Calcite
USA
Pennsylvania, York Co., York, York Building Supply quarry (Roosevelt Avenue Quarry; Roosevelt quarry; York Stone Quarry; Delta Carbonate quarry)

Calcite 6cm wide© M.Heintzelman
Calcite 9.5cm tall© Geoffrey Krasnov


Calcite 3cm wide© Geoffrey Krasnov
Calcite 10cm wide© Geoffrey Krasnov


Calcite 12.9cm wide© Rob Lavinsky
Calcite 9.1cm wide© Ron Gyllenhammer


Calcite 17.9cm tall© Rob Lavinsky
Calcite ~8cm wide


Calcite 6cm wide© M.Heintzelman
Calcite 6cm wide© Geoffrey Krasnov


Calcite 14cm wide© 1
Calcite 7.5cm wide© Geoffrey Krasnov


Calcite 11.5cm wide© Geoffrey Krasnov
Calcite 8.9cm wide© Rob Lavinsky

This place has produces some classy looking little calcite specimens. Certainly someone collected these and should be able to tell us about them.


Calcite
USA
Pennsylvania, York Co., Hanover, Hanover Quarry

Calcite 5cm tall© Geoffrey Krasnov
Calcite 4cm wide© Eric Graff


Calcite
USA
Pennsylvania, York Co., Jackson Township, Thomasville, Thomasville Crushed Stone Quarry

Calcite on Calcite 12cm wide© Geoffrey Krasnov
Calcite 3cm wide© Joseph A. Freilich LLC


Calcite 7.6cm wide© Rob Lavinsky



Calcite
USA
South Dakota, Jackson Co., Rattlesnake Butte

Calcite 6cm tall© 2003 John H. Betts
Calcite 14cm wide© G. van der Veldt


Calcite 6.9cm wide© Rob Lavinsky
Calcite 9cm wide© Charles Creekmur


Calcite ~9cm tall©
Calcite in sand 15.7cm wide© Rob Lavinsky
Calcite in sand 15.7cm wide© hmessing

These calcites that are loaded with sand from Rattlesnake Butte are dug from surface digs and very distinctive. In years past it was common to see them for sale in rocks shops. The locality is apparently on an Indian Reservation and access is much more restricted than it used to be. These crystals of sand included calcites, a bit similar to the very old classic ones from at Fontainebleau, France that look a bit like the Sidney Oprah house are probably the two best known localities for "sand" calcites.


Calcite
USA
South Dakota, Meade Co.

Calcite 18cm wide© Stephen E. Fritz


Below the normally illuminated calcite specimen is one taken if it showing how ultraviolet light causes it to fluoresce.


Calcite
USA
South Dakota, Meade Co., Dalzell, Elk Creek locality

Calcite, largest 3.4cm tall© Rob Lavinsky
Calcite 4.3cm wide© JSS


Calcite
USA
Tennessee, Smith Co., Central Tennessee Ba-F-Pb-Zn District, Carthage, Elmwood mine

Calcite 22cm tall© Rob Lavinsky
Calcite 2.3cm wide© Rob Lavinsky
Calcite 7cm wide© fabreminerals.com


Calcite 20cm wide© Alfonso Rodriguez
Calcite 6.5cm wide© Geoffrey Krasnov


Calcite 12cm tall© 2002 John H. Betts
Calcite 20cm wide© Edwards Minerals


Calcite 15cm tall© 2001, Jesse Fisher
Calcite on Sphalerite 19cm tall© Rob Lavinsky


Calcite 18.5cm wide© Rob Lavinsky
Calcite 19cm tall© Rob Lavinsky


Calcite 17.5cm wide© MikeHaritos2005
Calcite 7.8cm wide© Rob Lavinsky


Calcite 8cm wide© Dan & Diana Weinrich Minerals
Calcite 9.5cm wide© Alfonso Rodriguez


Calcite 17.5cm cm wide© Alfonso Rodriguez
Calcite on Fluorite 11cm wide© Alfonso Rodriguez


Calcite 11.5cm wide© Alfonso Rodriguez
Calcite 20cm wide© Alfonso Rodriguez


Calcite 7.3cm wide© Joseph A. Freilich, LLC
Calcite 14.2cm wide© Rob Lavinsky


Calcite & Fluorite 8.2cm wide© Carles Millan
Calcite & Fluorite 13.6cm wide© Carles Millan


Calcite 17.1cm wide© Rob Lavinsky
Calcite 21.5cm wide© Rob Lavinsky


Calcite on Sphalerite 11.5cm wide © Rob Lavinsky
Calcite 19.4 cm wide© Rob Lavinsky


Calcite on Sphalerite 14cm wide© Weinrich Minerals
Calcite on Barite 7.3cm wide© Weinrich Minerals

Many people consider the calcites from this locality to be the best in the world and when you see the best from Elmwood you find it difficult to disagree with them. It used to be that the best British calcites were considered king although you really needed a good copper in calcite from Michigan if you wanted to cover your bases on Calcite. Then The calcites from Tennessee came along and the templates of mineralogical desirability shifted and the British calcites had to more over, at least a little. The Elmwood mine is a an underground zinc mine where Sphalerite was/is the main ore. During mining, pockets of Calcite, Sphalerite, Bartie and Fluorite were encountered, some of which were world class specimens. Tens of thousands of specimens were produced and though the miners were probably responsible for collecting and selling most of them on the side, though at times the mine had deals with dealers to mine the specimens and on occasion had its own miners collected the specimens and held auctions to sell them. I think the best years of specimen production were in the 1970s, 80s, & 90s.


Calcite
USA
Tennessee, Smith Co., Central Tennessee Ba-F-Pb-Zn District, Stonewall

Calcite 13.5cm tall© Dan & Diana Weinrich Minerals



Calcite
USA
Texas, Brewster Co., Terlingua District, Terlingua

Calcite 5.1cm tall© Rob Lavinsky
Calcite 6.3cm tall© Rob Lavinsky

The calcite crystals from this locality are noted for their fluorescence.


Calcite
USA
Texas, Brewster Co., Terlingua District, Little 38 Mine

Calcite & Cinnabar? 10cm wide© Bruce T. Mitchell



Calcite
USA
Texas, Brewster Co., Terlingua District, Mariposa Mine (California Mountain Mine)

Calcite 5.8cm tall© Rob Lavinsky
Calcite 10cm wide© Christopher O'Neill


Calcite
USA
Utah, Emery Co.

Calcite 5cm tall© Dan & Diana Weinrich Minerals



Calcite
USA
Utah, Emery Co, San Rafael District (San Rafael Swell)

Calcite & Celestite 8.2cm wide© Russell G. Rizzo



Calcite
USA
Utah, Garfield Co.

Calcite 5cm wide© Geoffrey Krasnov



Calcite
USA
Utah, Juab Co., East Tintic Mts, Tintic District, Centennial Eureka Mine (Blue Rock)

Calcite 13cm wide© Rockpick Legend Co.
Calcite on Malachite 6cm wide© Rockpick Legend Co.


Calcite
USA
Utah, Juab Co., East Tintic Mts, Tintic District, Mammoth Mine (Mammoth shaft)

Calcite 10 cm wide© 2002 John H. Betts



Calcite
USA
Utah, Kane Co., Orderville, Muddy Creek

Calcite Septarian 14cm under UV© Michael C. Roarke
Calcite Septarian 14cm wide© Michael C. Roarke


Calcite Septarian 16cm tall© Rob Lavinsky
Calcite in Septarian 12.5cm tall© Joseph A. Freilich


Calcite in Septarian 21cm© Rockpick Legend Co.


Muddy Creek is a surface dig locality where Septarian nodules are collected by hand and at times times with heavy equipment. Hundreds of tons of these nodules have been collected for cutting and polishing into book ends, eggs, spheres and other lapidary items. The ones we see above have been cut and polished to take advantage of their frequently attractive interiors which are often lined with attractive little yellow calcite crystals. Though a good one is not shown here, occasionally hollow ones are encountered that have tan prismatic Baryte crystals in them, though they are rare and not nearly the quality of good Baryte from the Septarian nodules ones the Elk Creek area of South Dakota which are often a beautiful red gold color. As a little extra bonus, the calcite in these nodules from Muddy Creek fluoresce nicely under UV light as you can see in the top two images shown above.


Calcite
USA
Utah, San Juan Co.

Calcite 4.7cm wide© Rob Lavinsky
Calcite 5.5cm tall© Rob Lavinsky


Calcite
USA
Utah, Summit Co., Wasatch Mts, Park City District (Unita District), Park City

Calcite & Pyrite 6.5cm wide© Rockpick Legend Co.



Calcite
USA
Tooele Co., Deep Creek Mts, Gold Hill District (Clifton District), Gold Hill, Gold Hill Mine (Western Utah Mine)

Calcite & Malachite 5.5cm wide© Chris Tucker



Calcite
USA
Utah, Tooele Co., Oquirrh Mts, Ophir District

Calcite under UV 4.5cm tall© Tony Peterson
Calcite 4.5cm tall© Tony Peterson


Calcite 8.6cm tall© Rob Lavinsky
Calcite 9.7cm tall© Dan & Diana Weinrich Minerals


Calcite
USA
Utah, Tooele Co., Oquirrh Mts, Ophir District, Lion Hill area, Chloride Point

Calcite 10.3cm tall© Weinrich Minerals, Inc.
Calcite 4cm wide© Rob Lavinsky


Calcite
USA
Utah, Wayne Co.

Calcite 3.75cm wide© Rockpick Legend Co.



Calcite
USA
Utah, Tooele Co., Oquirrh Mts, Ophir District, Ophir Hill area, Jim Fisk Mine NW

Calcite 3.7cm wide© Rob Lavinsky



Calcite
USA
Washington, Grays Harbor Co.

Calcite var. glendonite 10cm wide©
Calcite var. glendonite 45cm wide© Leo Scarpelli

These are pseudomorphs of Calcite after Ikaite. They are interesting and would be seen abundantly from many localities if they were not so ugly compared to most other calcite specimens. When these are found, they are usually in huge abundance, but it just doesn't pay usually to collect them. And remember the ones shown here are what the pretty ones look like.


Calcite
USA
Washington, Pend Oreille Co., Metaline District, Metaline Falls

Calcite 11.5cm tall© Rob Lavinsky
Calcite 6.8cm tall© Collectors Edge


Calcite 4.3cm wide© Dan Weinrich


The calcite crystals from Metaline Falls are often associated with Palygorskite (mountain leather). We don't have a good combination piece to show you yet, but we will eventually have some to show you.


Calcite
USA
Washington, Skagit Co., Mount Vernon, Walker Valley

Calcite on Quartz 5cm wide© 2007 ROM



Calcite
USA
Washington, Snohomish Co., Monroe, Cadman Quarry

Calcite 10cm wide© Karl Volkman 10/07
Calcite 4.8cm tall© Karl Volkman 10/07


Calcite
USA
Wisconson, Iron Co., Montreal

Calcite 8.4cm tall© Rob Lavinsky



Calcite
USA
Wisconsin, Lafayette Co., Upper Mississippi Valley District, Shullsburg-Hazel Green area

Calcite, Galena etc. 12cm wide©
Calcite, Galena etc 5cm wide©


Calcite 7cm tall© 2000 John H. Betts
Calcite 14cm wide© Rob Lavinsky


Calcite on Galena 6.9cm wide© Weinrich Minerals
Calcite 2.7cm tall© Allan Young


Calcite 15.3cm wide© Rob Lavinsky
Calcite on Sphalerite ~18cm wide©


Calcite, Pyrite & Galena 11cm© Joseph Polityka
Calcite on Pyrite & Sphalerite 9.2cm© Rob Lavinsky


Calcite
USA
Wisconsin, Lafayette Co., Upper Mississippi Valley District, Shullsburg, Blackstone Mine

Calcite 3.3cm wide© Rob Lavinsky
Calcite on Marcasite 7.6cm wide© Rob Lavinsky


Calcite 9.8cm tall© Christian Bracke
Calcite 7cm tall© Geoffrey Krasnov
Calcite 12cm wide© Geoffrey Krasnov


Calcite & Covellite 8cm wide© Geoffrey Krasnov
Calcite 7cm wide© Geoffrey Krasnov


Calcite 4.5cm wide© B. Morgenstern
Calcite & Covellite 8.8cm© Joseph A. Freilich


Calcite 7cm tall© Maggie Wilson
Calcite 12.4cm tall© Rob Lavinsky


Calcite 7.5cm tall© Rob Lavinsky


The calcites from Shullsburg have been around for at least 50 years but are not widely known among collectors because the number of specimens that the mine has produced has not been very large. The are often distinctive because of the phantoms of Marcasite that grow inside the Calcite crystals.


Calcite
USA
Wisconsin, Racine Co., Vulcan Materials Company Quarry

Calcite 10cm wide© 2002 John H. Betts
Calcite 13.9cm wide© Rob Lavinsky


Calcite 5cm tall© 2002 John H. Betts
Calcite 5.5cm tall© 2002 John H. Betts


Calcite 10cm wide



Calcite
USA
Wyoming, Park Co., Dead Indian Hill

3cm Calcite crystal on matrix© Chris Tucker
Calcite 9.5cm tall© Chris Tucker


Calcite 6.5cm wide© Bill Morgenstern - Earth Moods
Calcite 11.5cm tall© Alfonso Rodriguez



Calcite 5cm tall© Chris Tucker






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Crystals not pistols.



Edited 27 time(s). Last edit at 03/24/2012 11:25AM by Rock Currier.
avatar Re: Calcite, USA, Nevada to Wyoming
November 08, 2010 10:29AM
The first draft of Best Minerals, Calcite, USA, Nevada to Wyoming is finished.

Rock Currier
Crystals not pistols.
Re: Calcite, USA, Nevada to Wyoming
November 08, 2010 01:56PM
Hi Rock,

Thank you for your efforts, but no, the first draft is not finished. I posted the comment below to you several days ago (after you'd written on the Calcite USA, Alabama to Montana thread) and have not seen the changes presented corrected. While I understand that these changes are small, for the article to be complete, contributors need to be acknowledged. Thank you,

John Cornish


Hi Rock,

Thank you for all of your efforts here at Mindat. I saw your post on Calcite, USA, Alabama to Montana and took a look...

You mention the Calcite replacements after Ikaite from Alaska (not celestite). These were collected by Dave ? (sorry, I can't remember his last name, now deceased). Rudy Tschernich of the Rice Museum would know his last name as Dave had been active here in Washington through the local FM and another group, the Northwest Micro Mineral Study Group. He had personally collected these.

These examples, and many others of this type from other World localities are currently being researched by a group out of Denmark.

As a last thought regarding this material, I would ask that you reconsider your statement... "More familiar examples of this type are those shown further down from Camp Verde, Arizona." ... Other than being a pseudo, they really are not similar.

Also, for Montana, I see that two of my photos have been captured and added to this thread, they are the 2 Gallatin photos where specimens are displayed for a show (in this case, for the Kitsap Gem and Mineral Society show held in 2009. I personally collected and own all of these specimens and would be thankful of the recognition.

For your post Calcite, USA, Nevada to Wyoming, I see that another photo of another personally collected specimen has been added to this thread, this one the 45 cm calcite from the Gopher Valley Quarry located just outside of Sheridan, Oregon. This is likely the best large calcite ever recovered from the basalts of Oregon. This is due not to its large size, though there appears to be none known as large or larger, but rather for the exceptional water bubble that is an inch wide and travels 3 inches within one of the major rhombic crystals. Several other calcites from this pocket additionally contained 2 or possibly 3 phase inclusions, though this was the most outstanding example. These crystals were recovered from the finest pocket of natrolite ever recovered from Oregon (R. Tschernich personal communication). More photos from this dig are presented in my personal photos here at Mindat if you've an interest.

Again, thank you for all of your efforts Rock! Take care and all the very best!

John
avatar Re: Calcite, USA, Nevada to Wyoming
November 08, 2010 02:37PM
John,
Thanks for your email and the corrections and suggestions. I have reworded the text under the Alaska pseudomorph. I expressed my self very poorly. I meant that the Camp Verde glauberite pseudomorphs were similar in that they were calcite pseudomorphs and also formed in a find grained sediment/mud and were there in vast quantities as the Alaska pseudomorphs most likely were. Before I take the Under Construction heading off the second calcite part, Ill make sure you other concerns were also addressed.

Rock Currier
Crystals not pistols.
avatar Re: Calcite, USA, Nevada to Wyoming
November 09, 2010 11:13AM
John,
Would you consider writing a paragraph or two about the calcites from Gallatin and the Gopher Valley Quarry? Perhaps a bit about the geology, when you collected the specimens? How many were there and did others collect some too? Were these the best specimens? If not what was the best specimen, How big the crystals got? How many were collected. It is rare that we can get this information directly from the person who dug the best specimens. I have asked Rudy for some info on the glendonites and asked if he would consider looking at the localities that he knew about and writ up similar information. I hope he can find the time.
Rock

Rock Currier
Crystals not pistols.
avatar Re: Calcite, USA, Nevada to Wyoming
November 09, 2010 11:14AM
John,
Would you consider writing a paragraph or two about the calcites from Gallatin and the Gopher Valley Quarry? Perhaps a bit about the geology, when you collected the specimens? How many were there and did others collect some too? Were these the best specimens? If not what was the best specimen, How big the crystals got? How many were collected. It is rare that we can get this information directly from the person who dug the best specimens. I have asked Rudy for some info on the glendonites and asked if he would consider looking at the localities that he knew about and writ up similar information. I hope he can find the time. Of course you will be credited as the author at the bottom of the text.
Rock

Rock Currier
Crystals not pistols.
avatar Re: Calcite, USA, Nevada to Wyoming
November 09, 2010 05:38PM
us    
At the Iceland Spar Claim in New Mexico, optical grade calcite was produced (1.5 foot crystals near the border of the deposit). Two large crystals (25 and 30-40 tons) were found in the deposit 7x8x11 feet and 8x9x10 feet.

The Terlingua calcites are better known for their blue-white phosphorescence.

Rattlesnake Butte, S Dak
The Snake Butte calcite sand crystal locality in South Dakota is designated as a National Natural Landmark (NNL). The National Park Service acts as a steward for the National Natural Landmarks Program. Snake Butte is managed by the Oglala Sioux Parks and Recreation Authority and is located on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. It is illegal to collect or sell fossils, artifacts and minerals on reservation land without a permit from the tribe.
avatar Re: Calcite, USA, Nevada to Wyoming
November 09, 2010 06:30PM
Dave

Your just full of surprises this morning. You wouldn't just happen to have some other goodies just lying around would you? They will all be welcome. I would like to include something about those giant New Mexican Iceland spar crystals. Could you point me to a reference on that? Is it it in the Giant Crystal project somewhere? Do you know the corresponding Mindat locality?

Your note refers to the sand calcite locality as Snake Butte. Any idea how that relates to Rattlesnake butte? Put your note in the article by the way.

Rock Currier
Crystals not pistols.
Re: Calcite, USA, Nevada to Wyoming
November 09, 2010 07:15PM
Hi Rock,

Again, thank you, I appreciate your taking the time to help and to comment. For the last several hours, I've been scanning material as per your Gopher Valley request and will contact you with this information. I went a bit over-kill, but you'll have the whole story.

Regarding Rudy and the Gopher Valley Quarry, in the publication I'll be sending, he writes a wonderful little paper on this localities pyrites, the best in the State! He'd be able to comment on this better than I should you see the need.

And finally, Gallatin, let me know what you think of the material I'll be sending and I'll proceed from there as you request.

As a final Gopher Valley thought, please consider...

[www.mindat.org]

[www.mindat.org]

All the very best. Sincerely,

John
avatar Re: Calcite, USA, Nevada to Wyoming
November 10, 2010 03:10PM
us    
It is the Iceberg Claim - [www.mindat.org] Mainly from Northrup

[www.minsocam.org]

Snake Butte.= Rattlesnake butte
Re: Calcite, USA, Nevada to Wyoming
November 10, 2010 03:49PM
us    
Rock,

I have some very nice calcite crystals in my collection from both Burnet and Travis County, Texas. Are you interested in pictures of these for this article. If so, let me know and I'll do some pictures for you to look at.

Bill
avatar Re: Calcite, USA, Nevada to Wyoming
November 10, 2010 08:28PM
John, Ill look forward to the additional information on Gopher valley. Thanks. I have already added the image of the natrolite/calcite specimen and some of the information that was in the caption of that image.

Dave, As always you are unfailingly helpful and informative. When I get a bit of time, Ill add the locality and some of the information extracted from that interesting old American Mineralogist article?? Do you have the volume or the year and page number? I have a bound set till 1991 & loose after, that I keep on shelves in my home office.

Bill I can't honestly say for sure if I would use pictures of your specimens from Burnet and Travis county or not till I saw them. If the specimens are better or as good than those already shown on in the Mindat Galleries, the answer is almost certainly yes, I would use them. I am certain that you must have in your collection a number of specimens that are better than those already in the mindat gallery. It would be nice to have them all in the mindat gallery where we could all see them, but in practical terms, there is only so much we can do. In the past I took mostly pictures of good specimens that were in museums and other collections that were not in my own. After all, I already had the specimens in my collection, why bother to take pictures of them. You can go and look at those any time, right? Well, its funny how our viewpoints change with time.

Rock Currier
Crystals not pistols.
avatar Re: Calcite, USA, Nevada to Wyoming
November 11, 2010 03:11PM
us    
1940 vol 25 p 357-367
avatar Re: Calcite, USA, Nevada to Wyoming
March 13, 2011 11:54AM
Rock,

The Millington calcite is photo that you may wish to consider for inclusion in the article is 96685. The incorrect photos are: 233527 - This specimen noted as Prospect Park is from the McBride Ave and Browertown Road Sewer Pumping Station in Woodland Park (formerly West Paterson). 92789 - This specimen is shown twice under Fanwood and Chimney Rock. It is from Fanwood. 111156 and 269665 are incorrectly listed by their owners. Both are from the former Houdaille quarry in Little Falls, not Montclair. Most of the locals note this material as "Montclair". It is a similar error to those that say the Chimney Rock quarry in Bound Brook. The Chimney Rock quarry quarry is actually in Bridgewater; the Bound Brook runs adjacent to the quarry. The town of Bound Brook is about a mile away.

With respect to the the three locations I mentioned in my initial message, (Montclair, Houdaille quarry, Little Falls and Bergen Hill), all were before my time so I'd be reaching to write anything. Bergen Hill and Montclair were from the late 1800s-1920s. The mineralization in the intrusive diabase at Bergen Hill occurred in veins that transected the Palisades Sill. There is no basalt. Although I collected at the Houdaille quarry, it was many years after the quarry closed and all I found was quartz casts after glauberite. The best material (stilbites and calcite) was collected in an area which is now a parking lot.

[Frank A. Imbriacco III 2011]

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