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Canton Lead Mines (Cherry Brook lead mine), Rattlesnake Mountain, Canton, Hartford Co., Connecticut, USA
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Canton Lead Mines, Rattlesnake Mountain, Canton, Hartford Co., Connecticut, USA

Photo: Rob Lavinsky
Latitude: 41°50'10"N
Longitude: 72°54'47"W
A hydrothermal fault vein deposit, probably related to Mesozoic rifting. Very little has been written about this old locality, most references give only the briefest mention. Minor amounts of galena, sphalerite, and lead secondary minerals occur. The locality is most famous for its amethyst, which occurs lining cavities in breccia and varies from larger lavender, mottled and translucent crystals to smaller, clearer, deeply colored druses. Colorless and milky quartz also occurs.

Mineral List

var: Amethyst
var: Milky Quartz

var: Smoky Quartz

10 entries listed. 7 valid minerals.

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Hiller, John, Jr. (1971): Connecticut Mines and Minerals. Privately published.

Schairer, John F. (1931): Minerals of Connecticut. State Geological and Natural History Survey of Connecticut Bulletin 51.

Schooner, Richard. (1961): The Mineralogy of Connecticut. Fluorescent House, Branford, Connecticut.

Weber, Marcelle H. and Earle C. Sullivan. (1995): Connecticut Mineral Locality Index. Rocks & Minerals (Connecticut Issue), Vol. 70, No. 6, p. 399.

Shepard, Charles Upham. (1837): Report on the Geological Survey of Connecticut.

White, John, and Cook, Robert. (1990): Amethyst Occurrences of the Eastern United States. Mineralogical Record. vol. 21, no. 3, pp. 203-213.

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