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James Tovey's Blog

Working The Tripp Mine 8-9-09

11th Aug 2009

We have been getting a lot of rain here in New Hampshire. The rain has caused us to deal with other tasks as repairing the washed out areas on the mine road. The heavy rain has also raised the water table causing problems with the drilling and the blasting. Nevertheless, we have been plugging along.

We finished moving the road to the south face. In addition, the first bench is in place. For the rest of the season we will try to drop the pit rim to the water level. When we finished the first bench, we also came to the end of Wayne’s stump beryl crystal.
The plan was to start at the bottom of the old road and start working the area down to the pit water level. But the Wayne Co. club was coming for a mine outing. Therefore, we shot the stump beryl bench again. After the shot, the stump beryl bench area changed up to 3 separate peg type zones. The middle zone being the stump beryl area is now comprises of low-grade feldspar, No beryl. To the right (looking south) the peg material is the good hard chowder with lots of quartz. This area now is pushing out good aquamarine beryl. The left peg material is the soft rusty chowder that is pushing out good heliodor beryl. Wayne will be posting some of the video of the right side aquamarine beryl extraction on the Toveco web site and mindat soon. We still have a day or 2 of excavating this blast pile. And then we will start processing the worthy excavated peg material.

On anther note, I will be displaying my full inventory at the Capital Mineral Club show August 29, 30 at the Everett Arena, Concord, NH. So if you’re in the area check it out.
That’s it for now
James Tovey,

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Hi Jim.....I can't believe how different it looks with the road moved. Is the specific type of Beryl common to the specific type of peg they are in or is this something new? Wish i could get up to that show to see your collection, but i don't think i can make it. Thanks for the update....Andy

Andrew Brodeur
14th Aug 2009 1:45am

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