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Curtis Wilbur's Photo Gallery

North end of Malpais

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Red Top Mine, Rodman Mountains high point, Rodman Mountains, Belleville Mining District, San Bernardino Co., California, USA

Here at the North end of the Malpais Lava Field, the erosion along the edge of the flow is quite pronounced. We see my assistant, Richard Archdeacon, half way up the wall of the canyon and at the base of what appears to be an older flow associated with the field. Above him, an erosional contact with a wedge of interflow alluvial deposition, with the most recent basalt at the top of the frame. Below him, even older, Tertiary volcanics (Possibly dacite).
Copyright: © Canis Latrans Productions, 2014      Photo ID: 653872     Uploaded by: Curtis Wilbur   View Count: 151   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 3456 x 2304 pixels (8.0 Mpix)

Malpais Crater from the East

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Red Top Mine, Rodman Mountains high point, Rodman Mountains, Belleville Mining District, San Bernardino Co., California, USA

Malpais Crater cinder cone from the eastern edge of the associated lava field. Gullying along the edge is post-eruption, and becomes quite pronounced at the northern distal ends of the flow. Older volcanics are revealed in those areas. Near the photograph site there are at least two petroglyph localities.
Copyright: © Canis Latrans Productions, 2014      Photo ID: 653870     Uploaded by: Curtis Wilbur   View Count: 127   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 3456 x 2304 pixels (8.0 Mpix)

Malpais Crater

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Red Top Mine, Rodman Mountains high point, Rodman Mountains, Belleville Mining District, San Bernardino Co., California, USA

Cinder mining operations at the Malpais Lava Field, photographed during 1978 reconnaissance field work. At the time, it appeared to be recently abandoned.
Copyright: © Canis Latrans Productions, 2014      Photo ID: 653867     Uploaded by: Curtis Wilbur   View Count: 172   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 3456 x 2304 pixels (8.0 Mpix)

5MC-A76Quartz SiO2 , Elbaite Na(Li1.5Al1.5)Al6(Si6O18)(BO3)3(OH)3(OH)

Multiple photos available
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Himalaya Mine, Gem Hill, Mesa Grande Mining District, San Diego County, California, USA

Dimensions: 11.0 cm x 7.6 cm x 5.5 cm
Largest Crystal Size: 11.0 cm

Quartz DT floater with heavily bent, multicolor elbaite

Unrepaired, undamaged, and only lightly cleaned.
Floater DT smoky quartz with regrowth base termination, containing a single heavily-bent, multicolor elbaite tourmaline. From recent pocket work at the Himalaya Mine.
Copyright: © Canis Latrans Productions, 2014      Photo ID: 648888     Uploaded by: Curtis Wilbur   View Count: 126   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 960 x 1280 pixels (1.2 Mpix)

758-JYPElbaite Na(Li1.5Al1.5)Al6(Si6O18)(BO3)3(OH)3(OH) , Lepidolite, Quartz SiO2 , Albite (Var: Cleavelandite) Na(AlSi3O8) , Microcline K(AlSi3O8) , Cookeite (Al2Li)Al2(AlSi3O10)(OH)8

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Oceanview Mine, Elizabeth R. Mine, Chief Mountain, Pala, Pala Mining District, San Diego County, California, USA

Dimensions: 11.2 cm x 8.2 cm x 5.0 cm
Largest Crystal Size: 7.2 cm

Tourmaline, Lepidolite, Quartz, and Cleavelandite on Microcline Plate, Oceanview Kahuna II Zone

Very aesthetic pocket plate from the Kahuna II zone of the Oceanview Mine, with pink/cranberry elbaite and deep purple lepidolite laid out horizontally on a platey microcline crystal fragment.
Copyright: © Canis Latrans Productions, 2014      Photo ID: 648883     Uploaded by: Curtis Wilbur   View Count: 152   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 1460 x 982 pixels (1.4 Mpix)

79W-W12Beryl Be3Al2(Si6O18)

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Oceanview Mine, Chief Mountain, Pala, Pala Mining District, San Diego County, California, USA

Largest Crystal Size: 5.0 cm

Bicolor Beryl on quartz/feldspar matrix with minor tourmaline

Additional trimming after initial find.
Bi-color Beryl in a quartz, feldspar, tourmaline, and mica matrix from the Oceanview Mine in Pala, California. One of the larger and nicer Bi-colors - a combination of aquamarine and morganite - from the 49r Pocket of late 2007. The pastel pink and blue beryl is shot through with what appears to be foitite tourmaline, which transmits brown light.
Copyright: © Canis Latrans Productions, 2014      Photo ID: 648750     Uploaded by: Curtis Wilbur   View Count: 114   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 3888 x 2592 pixels (10.1 Mpix)

N1J-VA1Elbaite Na(Li1.5Al1.5)Al6(Si6O18)(BO3)3(OH)3(OH) , Albite (Var: Cleavelandite) Na(AlSi3O8) , Quartz SiO2 , Pucherite Bi(VO4) , Clinobisvanite Bi(VO4) , Lepidolite

Multiple photos available
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Oceanview Mine, Chief Mountain, Pala, Pala Mining District, San Diego County, California, USA

Dimensions: 9.0 cm x 7.0 cm x 6.5 cm

Kahuna Zone Pocket Floater with Cranberry Tourmaline

Several of the tourmalines have broken in place as part of the physiochemical evolution of the pocket. Two of the rubellite tips have been re-attached after re-discovery. Bead blasted and water-gunned to remove cookeite and some clinobisvanite from the feldspar and lepidolite, and to clean up the base of the specimen.
Small cabinet-sized floater from the Kahuna zone of the Oceanview Mine. Specimen centers around a large tourmaline crystal girded by a layer of cleavelandite with blebbs of very deep purple lepidolite. The tourmaline transforms from a single crystal at the base to a series of smaller gemmy caps at the top, some of which have been broken as part of pocket evolution. Portions of the specimen are lightly coated with pucherite and/or clinobisvanite, including some of the broken tourmaline tips, indicating roughly the time of breakage.
Copyright: © Canis Latrans Productions, 2014      Photo ID: 648737     Uploaded by: Curtis Wilbur   View Count: 169   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 768 x 1024 pixels (0.8 Mpix)

PX8-0LQQuartz SiO2 , Feldspar Group, Elbaite Na(Li1.5Al1.5)Al6(Si6O18)(BO3)3(OH)3(OH) , Cookeite (Al2Li)Al2(AlSi3O10)(OH)8

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Himalaya Mine, Gem Hill, Mesa Grande Mining District, San Diego County, California, USA

Dimensions: 7.5 cm x 7.0 cm x 4.5 cm
Largest Crystal Size: 7.5 cm

Smoky quartz floater, with two complete crystals connected in a perpendicular fashion, speckled with accessory feldspar, and minor elbaite. Some cookeite overlay that has not been removed.

Copyright: © Canis Latrans Productions, 2014      Photo ID: 648733     Uploaded by: Curtis Wilbur   View Count: 42   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 1536 x 2048 pixels (3.1 Mpix)

3EQ-D3DTurquoise Cu(Al,Fe3+)6(PO4)4(OH)8·4H2O

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El Rosario, Ensenada Municipality, Baja California, Mexico

Dimensions: 6.2 cm x 3.5 cm x 2.0 cm

Nice Turquoise nugget from an area approximately 20 km east of El Rosario with several mines. The region marks the northern end of a belt known for copper and iron mineralization.

The nugget has been lightly polished on the display surface, but is largely intact from its appearance at time of discovery. The identification card identifies the locale as "El Cardon Mine" There is, according to current mapping, a mine called "El Cardonal", which is the most likely source of the material.
Copyright: © Canis Latrans Productions, 2014      Photo ID: 646656     Uploaded by: Curtis Wilbur   View Count: 112   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 1536 x 2048 pixels (3.1 Mpix)

local site map as of 1965

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Olivia Mine, Rosa de Castilla, Ensenada Municipality, Baja California, Mexico

This is a sketch of the Mina La Olivia mine site as of late 1964 - early 1965. The mine is intertwined with a concurrent logging operation, as the mine itself was not economic enough to provide a living to the owners. The simple sketch shows current excavations and spoils heaps, along with the location of the latest axinite discovery within the operations.
Photo ID: 642124     Uploaded by: Curtis Wilbur   View Count: 184   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 485 x 600 pixels (0.3 Mpix)
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