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Limecrest Quarry, Sparta Township, Sussex Co., New Jersey, USA
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Detailed Mineral List:
Actinolite
Formula: ☐{Ca2}{(Mg,Fe2+)5}(Si8O22)(OH)2
Allanite-(Ce)
Formula: {CaCe}{Al2Fe2+}(Si2O7)(SiO4)O(OH)
Reference: A Quest for New Jersey Minerals, Robert Speiser (1978):9.
Amphibole Supergroup
Formula: AX2Z5((Si,Al,Ti)8O22)(OH,F,Cl,O)2
Reference: Van King
Photo: Amphibole Supergroup from Limecrest Quarry, Sparta Township, Sussex Co., New Jersey, USA
Arsenopyrite
Formula: FeAsS
Reference: Jaszczak, John A. (1997), Unusual graphite crystals from the Lime Crest quarry, Sparta, New Jersey: Rocks & Minerals: 72(5): 330-334
Axinite-(Fe)
Formula: Ca2Fe2+Al2BSi4O15OH
Description: Occurs as transparent, bladed, tabular crystals of delicate color in fracture surface cavities in microcline-quartz-rich pegmatite within the Precambrain Franklin marble.
Reference: Common knowledge among local collectors. Ferro-axinite was analyzed and confirmed as that member of the group.
Photo: Axinite-(Fe) from Limecrest Quarry, Sparta Township, Sussex Co., New Jersey, USA
Baryte
Formula: BaSO4
Habit: Thin tabular.
Colour: Snow-white
Fluorescence: None.
Description: Occurs in a Mississippi Valley-like deposit vein in Precambrian Franklin marble as bladed masses and paper-thin, tabular crystals in cavities.
Reference: Collected personally - C. Lemanski, Jr.
Photo: Baryte from Limecrest Quarry, Sparta Township, Sussex Co., New Jersey, USA
'Biotite'
Calcite
Formula: CaCO3
Reference: A Quest for New Jersey Minerals, Robert Speiser (1978):9.
Photo: Calcite from Limecrest Quarry, Sparta Township, Sussex Co., New Jersey, USA
Chondrodite
Formula: (Mg,Fe2+)5(SiO4)2(F,OH)2
Reference: A Quest for New Jersey Minerals, Robert Speiser (1978):9.
Photo: © Norman King. Chondrodite from Limecrest Quarry, Sparta Township, Sussex Co., New Jersey, USA
Chrysotile
Formula: Mg3(Si2O5)(OH)4
Reference: A Quest for New Jersey Minerals, Robert Speiser (1978):9.
Clinochlore
Formula: (Mg,Fe2+)5Al(AlSi3O10)(OH)8
Reference: Common knowledge among local collectors.
Photo: Clinochlore from Limecrest Quarry, Sparta Township, Sussex Co., New Jersey, USA
'Clinozoisite-Epidote Series'
Reference: Van King
Photo: Clinozoisite-Epidote Series from Limecrest Quarry, Sparta Township, Sussex Co., New Jersey, USA
Corundum
Formula: Al2O3
Colour: Pink, purplish, dark blue
Fluorescence: Red (LW)(pink colored only).
Reference: A Quest for New Jersey Minerals, Robert Speiser (1978):9.
Photo: © 2001 John H. Betts. Corundum from Limecrest Quarry, Sparta Township, Sussex Co., New Jersey, USA
Diopside
Formula: CaMgSi2O6
Description: The microcline can occur as pure white crystalline masses, sometimes as graphic granite with intergrown quartz, and fluoresces deep magenta-red (SW UV). A Mississippi Valley Type Deposit vein system was encountered circa 1992 and produced gemmy, oil-green
Reference: Common knowledge among local collectors. Ferro-axinite was analyzed and confirmed as that member of the group.
Photo: © AK 2007. Diopside from Limecrest Quarry, Sparta Township, Sussex Co., New Jersey, USA
Dolomite
Formula: CaMg(CO3)2
Reference: A Quest for New Jersey Minerals, Robert Speiser (1978):9.
Dravite
Formula: Na(Mg3)Al6(Si6O18)(BO3)3(OH)3(OH)
Habit: Prismatic to short prismatic.
Colour: Nearly white to very dark brown.
Reference: No reference listed
Edenite
Formula: {Na}{Ca2}{Mg5}(AlSi7O22)(OH)2
Photo: © 2009, JGW. Edenite from Limecrest Quarry, Sparta Township, Sussex Co., New Jersey, USA
Fluoborite
Formula: Mg3(BO3)(F,OH)3
Reference: Dunn(1995):Pt5:641
Fluorapatite
Formula: Ca5(PO4)3F
Reference: Modris Baum photo
Fluorite
Formula: CaF2
Colour: Colorless, purple, pale greenish.
Fluorescence: Bright blue (LW) (colorless & pale green only).
Description: Large masses of transparent, colorless fluorite with masses of dark purple and pale greenish material were found on a one-time basis ina Mississippi Valley-like deposit in the Franklin marble. Occurs regularly in small amounts throughout the Precambrian m
Reference: A Quest for New Jersey Minerals, Robert Speiser (1978):9.
Photo: © Paul J Broyles . Fluorite from Limecrest Quarry, Sparta Township, Sussex Co., New Jersey, USA
Galena var: Argentiferous Galena
Description: Mr. Cummings extracted a bead of silver from a sample of the galena in the Mississippi-Valley-Type-Deposit occurrence in the quarry.
Reference: Mr. Warren Cummings, Geologist, New Jersey Dept. of Transportation.
Photo: Argentiferous Galena from Limecrest Quarry, Sparta Township, Sussex Co., New Jersey, USA
'Garnet'
Formula: X3Z2(SiO4)3
Graphite
Formula: C
Reference: A Quest for New Jersey Minerals, Robert Speiser (1978): 9; Jaszczak, John A. (1997), Unusual graphite crystals from the Lime Crest quarry, Sparta, New Jersey: Rocks & Minerals: 72(5): 330-334; Jaszczak, John A. (1998), Unusual graphite crystals from the Lime Crest quarry, Sparta, New Jersey: The Picking Table: 39(1): 20-24.
Photo: © John Jaszczak. Graphite from Limecrest Quarry, Sparta Township, Sussex Co., New Jersey, USA
Hedenbergite
Formula: CaFe2+Si2O6
Reference: Volkert, Richard A. (2010): Deep Drilling at Limecrest Quarry, Sparta, New Jersey. Picking Table, Volume 51, No. 1, p. 10-13.
Hemimorphite
Formula: Zn4Si2O7(OH)2 · H2O
Reference: Common knowledge among local collectors.
'Heulandite'
Colour: Yellowish
Description: Occurs as druses of tiny crystals on fracture seams in silicate rocks.
Reference: Chester S. Lemanski, Jr.
Photo: © Hershel Friedman. Heulandite from Limecrest Quarry, Sparta Township, Sussex Co., New Jersey, USA
Magnesio-hornblende
Formula: ☐{Ca2}{Mg4Al}(AlSi7O22)(OH)2
Reference: No reference listed
Microcline
Formula: KAlSi3O8
Description: The microcline can occur as pure white crystalline masses, sometimes as graphic granite with intergrown quartz, and fluoresces deep magenta-red (SW UV).
Reference: Common knowledge among local collectors.
Molybdenite
Formula: MoS2
Reference: Jaszczak, John A. (1997), Unusual graphite crystals from the Lime Crest quarry, Sparta, New Jersey: Rocks & Minerals: 72(5): 330-334
Muscovite
Formula: KAl2(AlSi3O10)(OH)2
Norbergite
Formula: Mg3(SiO4)(F,OH)2
Habit: Crystals vary from somewhat acute appearing rhombic cross-sections to blocky.
Colour: Light yellow to orange brown
Fluorescence: Yellow
Reference: A Quest for New Jersey Minerals, Robert Speiser (1978):9.
Photo: Norbergite from Limecrest Quarry, Sparta Township, Sussex Co., New Jersey, USA
Pargasite
Formula: {Na}{Ca2}{Mg4Al}(Al2Si6O22)(OH)2
Description: light purple to brown, nonfluorescent
Reference: John Cianciulli, ID by optics
Phlogopite
Formula: KMg3(AlSi3O10)(OH,F)2
Reference: Jaszczak, John A. (1997), Unusual graphite crystals from the Lime Crest quarry, Sparta, New Jersey: Rocks & Minerals: 72(5): 330-334
Photo: Phlogopite from Limecrest Quarry, Sparta Township, Sussex Co., New Jersey, USA
Pyrite
Formula: FeS2
Reference: Jaszczak, John A. (1997), Unusual graphite crystals from the Lime Crest quarry, Sparta, New Jersey: Rocks & Minerals: 72(5): 330-334
Photo: Pyrite from Limecrest Quarry, Sparta Township, Sussex Co., New Jersey, USA
Pyrrhotite
Formula: Fe1-xS (x = 0 to 0.17)
Reference: A Quest for New Jersey Minerals, Robert Speiser (1978):9.; Jaszczak, John A. (1997), Unusual graphite crystals from the Lime Crest quarry, Sparta, New Jersey: Rocks & Minerals: 72(5): 330-334
Photo: © Christopher O'Neill. Pyrrhotite from Limecrest Quarry, Sparta Township, Sussex Co., New Jersey, USA
Quartz
Formula: SiO2
Reference: No reference listed
Rutile
Formula: TiO2
Reference: Common knowledge among local collectors. Ferro-axinite was analyzed and confirmed as that member of the group.
Photo: Rutile from Limecrest Quarry, Sparta Township, Sussex Co., New Jersey, USA
'Scapolite'
Reference: No reference listed
Photo: Scapolite from Limecrest Quarry, Sparta Township, Sussex Co., New Jersey, USA
Sphalerite
Formula: ZnS
Colour: Oil-green & dark brown
Description: Occurred in a Mississippi Valley-like deposit within the Franklin marble. Some masses of oil-green spahalerite were transparent and faceting grade material.
Reference: Collected by C. Lemanski, Jr.; Jaszczak, John A. (1997), Unusual graphite crystals from the Lime Crest quarry, Sparta, New Jersey: Rocks & Minerals: 72(5): 330-334
Photo: Sphalerite from Limecrest Quarry, Sparta Township, Sussex Co., New Jersey, USA
Spinel
Formula: MgAl2O4
Reference: A Quest for New Jersey Minerals, Robert Speiser (1978):9.
Photo: © 2001 John H. Betts. Spinel from Limecrest Quarry, Sparta Township, Sussex Co., New Jersey, USA
Titanite
Formula: CaTi(SiO4)O
Reference: A Quest for New Jersey Minerals, Robert Speiser (1978):9.
Photo: © AK 2007. Titanite from Limecrest Quarry, Sparta Township, Sussex Co., New Jersey, USA
Tremolite
Formula: ☐{Ca2}{Mg5}(Si8O22)(OH)2
Reference: A Quest for New Jersey Minerals, Robert Speiser (1978):9.
Wollastonite
Formula: CaSiO3
Description: Occurs in typical snow-white masses of divergent fibers.
Reference: Common knowledge among local collectors.
Zircon
Formula: ZrSiO4
Colour: Brown
Reference: in the collection of J. Esche, EDS-confirmed by Dr. J. Gröbner, TU Clausthal; personally collected by C. Lemanski, Jr.
Photo: © jo-esche 2007. Zircon from Limecrest Quarry, Sparta Township, Sussex Co., New Jersey, USA


44 entries listed. 38 valid minerals.

References

Speiser, Robert (1978), A Quest for New Jersey Minerals: 9 (privately published).

Jaszczak, John A. (1997), Unusual graphite crystals from the Lime Crest quarry, Sparta, New Jersey: Rocks & Minerals: 72(5): 330-334.

Jaszczak, John A. (1998), Unusual graphite crystals from the Lime Crest quarry, Sparta, New Jersey: The Picking Table (Journal of the Franklin-Ogdensburg Mineralogical Society [FOMS]): 39(1): 20-24.

Wolf, A., Rakovan, J. and Cahill, C. (2003) Ferroaxinite From Lime Crest Quarry, Sparta, New Jersey. Rocks and Minerals: 78: 252-256.

Volkert, Richard A. (2010): Deep Drilling at Limecrest Quarry, Sparta, New Jersey. The Picking Table: 51(1): 10-13.

Information Letter re: Minerals, published by the Limestone Products Corp.

USGS map GQ-1707.

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