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Scott Rider's Photo Gallery

Sedalia Mine Copper

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Sedalia Mine, Sedalia Mining District, Chaffee Co., Colorado, USA

Here is a shot of the mine many meters above one of the adits. This hill was worked for copper, and you can see the evidence on a LOT of the rocks up here. Most of it is chrysocolla, but there is some malachite, and purported azurite. A fellow rockhound from my club found few pieces of coatings of azurite on some rocks but I did not see it personally. I found no garnet or even hints of garnet at this level of the mine.

June, 2019.
Copyright: © Scott V Rider      Photo ID: 963061     Uploaded by: Scott Rider   View Count: 42   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 4032 x 3024 pixels (12.2 Mpix)

Remaining buildings and adit

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Sedalia Mine, Sedalia Mining District, Chaffee Co., Colorado, USA

Here is the main adit that was used to mine copper in the good ol' days. The mine has many levels, and the one to obtain the large garnet is above this adit. Private property, you must obtain permission to be here.

RAMS Mineral club trip, June, 2019.
Copyright: © Scott V Rider      Photo ID: 963058     Uploaded by: Scott Rider   View Count: 28   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 3024 x 4032 pixels (12.2 Mpix)

G6T-Y9JChalcedony (Var: Agate) SiO2 , Quartz (Var: Chalcedony) SiO2

Multiple photos available
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Houselog Creek, Saguache Co., Colorado, USA

Dimensions: 12 mm x 12 mm x 6 mm
Largest Crystal Size: 5 mm

This is a medium size cabinet specimen of a nice pseudomorph specimen. The piece is part of a geode from Houselog Creek, Colorado. The crystals are composed of chalcedony pseudomorphs of calcite crystals.

This specimen is special because of its agatized pseudos. The majority of specimens that contain pseudomorphs are usually only 1 color. This has banding white coloration throughout the blue crystals. The color is also quite saturated. The blue color contrasts to the white background.

There are a few colorless crystals that are intruiging. They have a different crystal morphology, and have no color. This is a stark contrast to the deep blue/white rhombic crystals that coat the surface.

2018 Find.

12cm x 12cm
Copyright: © 2018 Scott V Rider      Photo ID: 918921     Uploaded by: Scott Rider   View Count: 25   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 2250 x 1786 pixels (4.0 Mpix)

G6T-Y9JQuartz (Var: Chalcedony) SiO2 , Chalcedony (Var: Agate) SiO2

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Houselog Creek, Saguache Co., Colorado, USA

Dimensions: 12 mm x 12 mm x 6 mm
Largest Crystal Size: 5 mm

This is a medium size cabinet specimen of a nice pseudomorph specimen. The piece is part of a geode from Houselog Creek, Colorado. The crystals are composed of chalcedony pseudomorphs of calcite crystals.

This specimen is special because of its agatized pseudos. The majority of specimens that contain pseudomorphs are usually only 1 color. This has banding white coloration throughout the blue crystals. The color is also quite saturated. The blue color contrasts to the white background.

There are a few colorless crystals that are intruiging. They have a different crystal morphology, and have no color. This is a stark contrast to the deep blue/white rhombic crystals that coat the surface.

2018 Find.

12cm x 12cm
Copyright: © 2018 Scott V Rider      Photo ID: 918920     Uploaded by: Scott Rider   View Count: 31   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 2143 x 1710 pixels (3.7 Mpix)

CM4-EE1Quartz (Var: Chalcedony) SiO2 , Chalcedony (Var: Agate) SiO2

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Houselog Creek, Saguache Co., Colorado, USA

Dimensions: 14 mm x 10 mm x 6 mm
Largest Crystal Size: 10 mm

Here is a fine example of the pseudomorph specimens found in this location. Chalcedony have pseudomorphed calcite crystals in an interesting fashion. I have found many pseudomorph specimens from this location, but only a very small percent have this morphology. The seem to be an intermediate form between a scalenohedral form and a columnar shape, but some have rather complicated terminations.

The vast majority of the pseudomorph specimens found in this location are classic rhombic pseudomorphs. These crystals are rather complex, and the chalcedony has retained the sharp crystallization. A few crystals have white bands, like agate, giving the specimen a unique look.

Found 09-2018.

14 cm x 10 cm.
Copyright: © 2018 Scott V Rider      Photo ID: 918854     Uploaded by: Scott Rider   View Count: 22   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 2592 x 1944 pixels (5.0 Mpix)

M92-R3TQuartz (Var: Chalcedony) SiO2 , Chalcedony (Var: Agate) SiO2

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Houselog Creek, Saguache Co., Colorado, USA

Dimensions: 14 mm x 10 mm x 6 mm
Largest Crystal Size: 10 mm

Here is a fine example of the pseudomorph specimens found in this location. Chalcedony have pseudomorphed calcite crystals in an interesting fashion. I have found many pseudomorph specimens from this location, but only a very small percent have this morphology. The seem to be an intermediate form between a scalenohedral form and a columnar shape, but some have rather complicated terminations.

The vast majority of the pseudomorph specimens found in this location are classic rhombic pseudomorphs. These crystals are rather complex, and the chalcedony has retained the sharp crystallization. A few crystals have white bands, like agate, giving the specimen a unique look.

Found 09-2018.

14 cm x 10 cm.
Copyright: © 2018 Scott V Rider      Photo ID: 918852     Uploaded by: Scott Rider   View Count: 19   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 1983 x 1575 pixels (3.1 Mpix)

52K-VGHQuartz (Var: Chalcedony) SiO2 , Chalcedony (Var: Agate) SiO2

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Houselog Creek, Saguache Co., Colorado, USA

Dimensions: 14 mm x 10 mm x 6 mm
Largest Crystal Size: 10 mm

Here is a fine example of the pseudomorph specimens found in this location. Chalcedony have pseudomorphed calcite crystals in an interesting fashion. I have found many pseudomorph specimens from this location, but only a very small percent have this morphology. The seem to be an intermediate form between a scalenohedral form and a columnar shape, but some have rather complicated terminations.

The vast majority of the pseudomorph specimens found in this location are classic rhombic pseudomorphs. These crystals are rather complex, and the chalcedony has retained the sharp crystallization. A few crystals have white bands, like agate, giving the specimen a unique look.

Found 09-2018.

14 cm x 10 cm.
Copyright: © 2018 Scott V Rider      Photo ID: 918850     Uploaded by: Scott Rider   View Count: 37   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 2293 x 1749 pixels (4.0 Mpix)

Inside a large pegmatite

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Devils Head Pegmatite Mining District, Douglas Co., Colorado, USA

Here is another view of a very large pegmatite we were following in the summer and fall of 2017.

This image is right as we opened up a medium size pocket. You can see the cracks and the opening right in the center of the image. Can you see a couple combo specimens? Hint: look just to the left of the hole. There were two nice combo's right at the "entrance" of the pocket. Inside, we found numerous other combos, the best fluorite from this hole and lots of loose smokies up to 4 inches.

2017 - possibly around August or September. FOV is approximately 35-40 centimeters.
Copyright: © 2018 Scott V Rider      Photo ID: 893706     Uploaded by: Scott Rider   View Count: 64   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 2728 x 1874 pixels (5.1 Mpix)

Inside a very large pegmatite

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Devils Head Pegmatite Mining District, Douglas Co., Colorado, USA

This is inside a large dig in a claim in Devil's Head. We worked this pegmatite for many months producing many fine specimens, easily the best I've seen from Devil's Head. You can see the large grains in this 1.5 meter wide shot. The grains are very large, a very good indication of large pockets, which we did indeed hit. One pocket yielded many foot long crystals of gem quality smokies and large cubes of fluorite! Fluorite, albite, microcline, quartz, limonite/hematite pseudo's of carbonates and micas were found here. No topaz...

07-08-2018 image.
Copyright: © 2018 Scott V Rider      Photo ID: 893705     Uploaded by: Scott Rider   View Count: 177   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 2596 x 1926 pixels (5.0 Mpix)

DT9-GXJCalcite CaCO3 , Epistilbite CaAl2Si6O16·5H2O

Multiple photos available
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Savada, Dharangaon Taluka, Jalgaon District, Maharashtra, India

Dimensions: 8 mm x 6 mm x 5 mm

Here is a sharp cluster of epistilbite and gem calcite crystals formed in a basalt geode. The epistilbite fan out with wedge shaped crystals of which have curved but sharp terminations. The rhombic calcite are water clear showing the matrix. Celadonite colors the rind of the geode and black aggregates of julgoldite are also present.

Interesting aesthetics with a self standing geode.

8cm x 6cm
Copyright: © Scott V Rider      Photo ID: 851476     Uploaded by: Scott Rider   View Count: 50   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 2975 x 2441 pixels (7.3 Mpix)
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