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Scott L. Ritchie's Photo Gallery

UU5-JHDMicrocline K(AlSi3O8) , Tourmaline A(D3)G6(Si6O18)(BO3)3X3Z , Lepidolite

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Tourmaline King Mine, Tourmaline Queen Mountain, Pala, Pala Mining District, San Diego County, California, USA

Dimensions: 87 mm x 71 mm x 51 mm

A natural etched microcline crystal with minor colored tourmaline and lepidolite; from the Tourmaline King mine, Pala, San Diego County, California. Specimen measures 87x71x51mm, and weighs 236.0 grams. Recovered in the old upper workings dumps by the San Diego Mining Company, Summer 2012. Digital photographs courtesy of Erik M. Cordova.
Copyright: © 2012 Erik M. Cordova      Photo ID: 476183     Uploaded by: Scott L. Ritchie   View Count: 304   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 984 x 768 pixels (0.8 Mpix)

Southern side of the ridge

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Carmelita Mine, Chihuahua Valley, Warner Springs Mining District, San Diego County, California, USA

The south facing ridge and workings of the Carmelita mine, Chihuahua Valley, San Diego County, California. View is towards the north. Digital photograph taken January 7th, 2004.
Copyright: © 2004 San Diego Mining Company      Photo ID: 468398     Uploaded by: Scott L. Ritchie   View Count: 269   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 2048 x 1536 pixels (3.1 Mpix)

Southern end of the ledge circa 1904

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Esmeralda Mine, Mesa Grande, Mesa Grande Mining District, San Diego County, California, USA

An early picture by H. C. Gordon showing the Esmeralda mine as viewed from the southern end of the pegmatite ledge, looking towards the northwest. Circa 1904 photograph from the collection of Bill Larson. Image courtesy Pala International, Fallbrook, Cal.
Copyright: © 2012 Pala International      Photo ID: 466190     Uploaded by: Scott L. Ritchie   View Count: 265   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 2008 x 2259 pixels (4.5 Mpix)

Mine workings in 1962

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Esmeralda Mine, Mesa Grande, Mesa Grande Mining District, San Diego County, California, USA

Photographs from the scrapbook of John Sinkankas showing the Esmeralda mine workings in April of 1962. From the collection of Bill Larson. Image courtesy Pala International, Fallbrook, Cal.
Copyright: © 2012 Pala International      Photo ID: 466188     Uploaded by: Scott L. Ritchie   View Count: 260   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 3277 x 2505 pixels (8.2 Mpix)

Gem Pocket in 1956 by Sinkankas

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Esmeralda Mine, Mesa Grande, Mesa Grande Mining District, San Diego County, California, USA

A sketch by John Sinkankas showing the location and character of a large pocket discovered at the Esmeralda Mine, North Main Workings, September 22nd–23rd, 1956. From the collection of Bill Larson. Image courtesy Pala International, Fallbrook, Cal.
Copyright: © 2012 Pala International      Photo ID: 466184     Uploaded by: Scott L. Ritchie   View Count: 301   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 1140 x 1720 pixels (2.0 Mpix)

Mine topography in 1956 by Sinkankas

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Esmeralda Mine, Mesa Grande, Mesa Grande Mining District, San Diego County, California, USA

John Sinkankas’s macro sketch of the Esmeralda Mine workings and topography, March 11th, 1956. From the collection of Bill Larson. Image courtesy Pala International, Fallbrook, Cal.
Copyright: © 2012 Pala International      Photo ID: 466183     Uploaded by: Scott L. Ritchie   View Count: 343   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 1440 x 1185 pixels (1.7 Mpix)

Mine workings in 1956 by Sinkankas

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Esmeralda Mine, Mesa Grande, Mesa Grande Mining District, San Diego County, California, USA

John Sinkankas’s detailed sketch of the Esmeralda Mine layout, March 11th, 1956. From the collection of Bill Larson. Image courtesy Pala International, Fallbrook, Cal.
Copyright: © 2012 Pala International      Photo ID: 466182     Uploaded by: Scott L. Ritchie   View Count: 341   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 1140 x 1152 pixels (1.3 Mpix)

Engine house circa 1974

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Tourmaline King Mine, Tourmaline Queen Mountain, Pala, Pala Mining District, San Diego County, California, USA

An eastern view of the Engine house built by Frank B. Schuyler around 1905. The wood frame building measured 18 x 16 feet, and was covered with corrugated iron. The west part of the house was used as a mess room, and the east part was used for the engine and air compressor, and as a store room. Circa June 29th, 1974 photograph courtesy of James L. Bowersox.
Copyright: © 1974 James L. Bowersox      Photo ID: 465270     Uploaded by: Scott L. Ritchie   View Count: 514   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 964 x 608 pixels (0.6 Mpix)

Drilling the center mound

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Carmelita Mine, Chihuahua Valley, Warner Springs Mining District, San Diego County, California, USA

Using an Atlas Copco Cobra Combi drill/breaker at the Center Mound exploratory cut in combination with wedges and feathers to split and break apart the hardrock pegmatite in order to expose pockets containing blue tourmaline and pink beryl crystals. Digital photograph taken April 24th, 2012.
Copyright: © 2012 San Diego Mining Company      Photo ID: 462531     Uploaded by: Scott L. Ritchie   View Count: 723   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 2048 x 1536 pixels (3.1 Mpix)

The Cahuillas

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Cahuilla Mountain, Cahuilla Mining District, Riverside Co., California, USA

A northeasterly view of the Cahuilla mountains, the most prominent mountaintop being Cahuilla mountain proper, with Little Cahuilla mountain on the far left. Digital photograph taken April 27th, 2012.
Copyright: © 2012 San Diego Mining Company      Photo ID: 462530     Uploaded by: Scott L. Ritchie   View Count: 225   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 2048 x 1536 pixels (3.1 Mpix)
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