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14th Jan 2013 - The Hewitt Quarry 2013- pockets 1 and 2 and the elbaite boulder.
On our first trip to the Hewitt quarry this year, my father and I set out on Sunday with high hopes. On site, we realized that a good amount of the dump material was gone, and there was a lot less than we had thought. However there were plenty of ...
11th Jan 2013 - Hewitt Quarry and Long Hill prospects in 2013
The Hewitt quarry and long hill prospects in Haddam are on private property. Hunters frequent the area. I Nov 2012, I decided I would go check out this area. This was before I was informed of the above information. My father came along as well. ...
17th Feb 2012 - Howe No. 4 and P1 prospects look interesting
On a recent recon of the Howe no.4 quarries and the P1 prospect in south Glastonbury, I found some small beryls, and got photos for mindat, but what struck me, even though I somehow didn't photograph them, were the retaining walls on the dumps. I ...
19th Jan 2012 - Winter Shenanigans
Recently I decided to take a trip down the Airline Trail in East Hampton to take photos for mindat. I was, as usual amazed by the stuff lying around and in the openings of the large pockets. There was plenty of gypsum, as usual, but I was most ...
30th Oct 2011 - fun with quartz
I was going to go fishing with a friend of mine last weekend. I was at his home, and we were walking around by a rock wall when I noticed a boulder of partly crystalline quartz. My friend was mildly confused when I picked up the boulder and began ...
15th Sep 2011 - good stuff at Target
After my recon in a prior blog, I visited the Meridan, Ct Target again. So far I was one of the most productive trips of the year. It is some gorgeous stuff. Amethyst, Calcite, Prehnite, Stilbite, smokey and clear quartz, Analcime, and Chalchopyrite ...
1st Sep 2011 - Beaver Meadow Rd Exit Still Looking Productive
today was an interesting day for me. I decided to check out the road cuts on Beaver Meadow in Haddam, Ct. Pegmatites in these cuts once produced some nice scorl, cordierite, and magnatite. Apparently there is still some material in the cuts, as I ...
31st Aug 2011 - A Tiny But Worthy Pegmatite
an interesting turn of events led me to a small pegmatite in the center of a culdesac in Thomaston, CT. First there was a Hurricane, rendering the power and water in my town useless. Not good. No showers, no water to clean mineral specimens, barely ...
20th Aug 2011 - New rock room!
I am now in the process of finishing a small space for my collection, cleaning specimens, and displaying them. I am very glad to now have this space, because my specimens are currently in boxes under the basement stairs. I will add some shelves ...
8th Aug 2011 - Pillow Lava Zeolites, Meriden, CT
On Saturday I happened to be shopping in Meriden, CT, and decided to check out the basalts near target. I have heard that they produce some interesting zeolites. to my delight, I found a nice golf ball sized vug with calcite and quartz. It seems I ...
4th Jun 2011 - Simpson Quarry trip
Last weekend I went to collect at the Simpson Quarry, and was shocked by the destruction to the dump. Trees were uprooted, and slowly collapsing trenches made walking hazardous. All said, rain had cleaned turned up soil and rock, and I was rewarded ...
21st Apr 2011 - schorl find
I recently discovered a small pegmatite containing schorl, located in East Hampton. Some crystal are normal prismatic, terminated crystals, and some are very fine, needle like clusters, fans, and sprays. There is also some flourapatite, and on the ...
10th Mar 2011 - collecting season starts!
Since the weather here in New England has been warming up, I took advantage of it and went collecting. I was rewarded with terminated schorl, quartz crystals, almandine, graphite, and bladed muscovite crystals. A good start to a new season of ...
9th Jan 2011 - New Year's find
Shortly after New Year's day, I took a friend to see the caves at Talcott (in SIMSBURY CT). Ther was snow on the ground in most places, but to my suprise, I still found a nic plate of prehnite, my best from the locality! I hope this year I can ...
23rd Dec 2010 - End of season for collecting.
This year I had the chance to collect at the State forest (Clark Hill) quarry and the Nathan Hall Quarry in East Hampton, CT. I found some small beryls, columbites, and garnets as well as a pocket piece with microcline and smokey quartz xls. For the ...
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|Article Title||Last Revision Date|
|(Revisised) Minerals and localities of East Hampton Connecticut||1st May 2015|
|Mineralogy of the Cheshire Traprock Quarry||4th Nov 2012|
|Notable Pockets In the Nathan Hall Quarry||4th Nov 2012|
|History and Mineralology of the Strickland Quarry||13th Apr 2012|
|Hale Walker||29th Jan 2012|
|Connecticut Tourmaline||21st Jan 2012|
|The Minerals and Localities of East Hampton, CT||10th May 2011|
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