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East Village pegmatite, Monroe, Fairfield Co., Connecticut, USA

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Very little has been written about this obscure locality, best known for its rose quartz. This text is from Crowley (1968):

"About 1 1/2 mi. north of East Village and 800 ft east northeast of the hairpin bend in Boys Halfway River is an old quarry in an extremely coarse-grained pegmatite, which locally exhibits a graphic-granite texture... Schairer (1931) describes it as "a small feldspar quarry where rose quartz, muscovite, biotite, garnet, columbite and feldspar are abundant." This may be the location described by Shepard (1837, p. 137): "A coarse grained granite in the northwestern part of Monroe, has afforded the most interesting variety of well crystallized and handsomely colored beryl .. ." The problem with that statement is that the East Village pegmatite is in the northeastern part of Monroe.

Januzzi (1959) states: "This pegmatite has produced some beautiful specimens of rose quartz, some of which have been cut into semi-precious gemstones. Other minerals found here are muscovite, biotite, garnet, feldspar and columbite."

Ryerson (1976) lists albite, chalcopyrite, columbite, garnet, manganapatite, quartz, and uranophane.

The prospect is a small pit barely 2 meters deep and 5 meters wide, with the mostly milky quartz core of the pegmatite partly exposed.

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References

Shepard, Charles U. (1837): A Report on the Geological Survey of Connecticut. p. 137.

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

Januzzi, Ronald E. (1959): The Minerals of Western Connecticut and Southeastern New York State. The Mineralogical Press, Danbury.

Crowley, William Patrick. (1968): The Bedrock Geology of the Long Hill and Bridgeport Quadrangles. State Geological and Natural History Survey of Connecticut, Quadrangle Report No. 24, p. 73.

Ryerson, Kathleen. (1976): Rock Hound's Guide to Connecticut. Pequot Press.

Weber, Marcelle H. and Earle C. Sullivan. (1995): Connecticut Mineral Locality Index. Rocks & Minerals (Connecticut Issue): 70(6): 397.

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