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New Paris Lime and Stone Co. Quarry, New Paris, Napier Township, Bedford Co., Pennsylvania, USAi
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New Paris Lime and Stone Co. QuarryQuarry
New Paris- not defined -
Napier TownshipTownship
Bedford Co.County

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 40° 6' 58'' North , 78° 37' 40'' West
Latitude & Longitude (decimal): 40.11611,-78.62778
GeoHash:G#: dr0h4ybvr
Locality type:Quarry
Köppen climate type:Cfb : Temperate oceanic climate
Nearest Settlements:
New Paris181 (2017)1.8km
Alum Bank218 (2017)7.3km
Schellsburg333 (2017)7.6km
Manns Choice296 (2017)13.0km
Central City1,073 (2017)14.8km

Quarry operating in the upper part of Devonian-Silurian Keyser formation on the NW limb of the Chestnut Hill anticlime. Bedding strikes uniformly N39E and dips 7NW. Occurrence of Fluorite veins in limestone. The main vein is planar, trending N14E, 80SE (almost perpendicular to bedding), with a width of 7.5cm. it is associated with 1-2 cm wide zone of white Calcite on either side.

Paragenesis of this vein appears to have been pyrite, calcite, yellow-green fluorite, pale blue fluorite, and purple fluorite. Deformation has crushed even the late purple in the massive parts of the vein, only crystals in open vugs have been left relatively unaffected (uncommon).

Observation of "Halite Fossils" (halite pseudomorphs), occurring at the backside of the quarry within blocky fossiliferous limestone. (Ref. J. Butts, via mindat messageboard, April 19, 2009).

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Formula: CaCO3
Habit: crystaline massive
Colour: white
Description: White veins from 1-2 cm in zones on either side on main fluorite vein. scattered veins elsewhere in the quarry, crystals unreported.
Reference: Mineralogy of Pennsylvania 1966-1975; Smith, Robert C., Pgs. 119-124
Formula: CaF2
Habit: Occurs in multi-color transparent masses, octahedral cleavage, cubic crystals from 1 mm to 1 cm across, Rare, primary, two-phase fluid inclusions and more common secondary inclusions occupying healed fractures along cleavage planes. Fine crystal are unco
Colour: pale green-yellow, pale blue, pale to medium purple
Fluorescence: none noted
Description: Occurs in multi-color transparent masses up to 5 cm, exhibiting perfect octahedral cleavage with a glassy luster on the cleaved surfaces. crystals are zoned parallel to the {111} cleavage direction from a small (1 cm) pale green-yellow core, to a main zone(2 cm) of an "ice-blue" color. Crystals able to continue growth into an open vug grade into a more common purple color. Crystals from this thin (0.5 cm) purple zone continued, producing cubic crystals from 1 mm to 1 cm across, zoned with altering bands of pale to medium color parallel to the (001) faces, thus the habit appears to have switched from octahedral to cubic at some time during formation of the intermediate blue zone. In narrower portions of the vein, color transition was directly from green to purple. Rare, primary, two-phase fluid inclusions and more common secondary inclusions occupying healed fractures along cleavage planes have been observed, with secondary inclusions containing gas and liquid in various ratios. Fine crystal are uncommon.
Reference: Mineralogy of Pennsylvania 1966-1975; Smith, Robert C., Pgs. 119-124
Formula: (Fe,O,OH,H2O)
Habit: scattered traces
Colour: brown-rust
Description: Scattered traces occurring between the outer calcite walls and limestone host rock, likely the remnants of original trace pyrite which formed during the earliest development phase of the fluorite veins.
Reference: Mineralogy of Pennsylvania 1966-1975; Smith, Robert C., Pgs. 119-124
Formula: SrCO3
Habit: Acicular prisms
Colour: white
Fluorescence: bluish white
Description: Rare, single acicular prisms associated with calcite in parts of quarry unassociated with the localities fluorite veins.
Reference: Mineralogy of Pennsylvania 1966-1975; Smith, Robert C., Pgs. 119-124

List of minerals arranged by Strunz 10th Edition classification

Group 3 - Halides
Group 5 - Nitrates and Carbonates
Unclassified Minerals, Rocks, etc.

List of minerals arranged by Dana 8th Edition classification

Unclassified Minerals, Mixtures, etc.

List of minerals for each chemical element

H Limonite(Fe,O,OH,H2O)
C CalciteCaCO3
C StrontianiteSrCO3
O CalciteCaCO3
O StrontianiteSrCO3
O Limonite(Fe,O,OH,H2O)
F FluoriteCaF2
Ca CalciteCaCO3
Ca FluoriteCaF2
Fe Limonite(Fe,O,OH,H2O)
Sr StrontianiteSrCO3

Regional Geology

This geological map and associated information on rock units at or nearby to the coordinates given for this locality is based on relatively small scale geological maps provided by various national Geological Surveys. This does not necessarily represent the complete geology at this locality but it gives a background for the region in which it is found.

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251.902 - 541 Ma

ID: 3187973
Paleozoic sedimentary rocks

Age: Phanerozoic (251.902 - 541 Ma)

Lithology: Sedimentary rocks

Reference: Chorlton, L.B. Generalized geology of the world: bedrock domains and major faults in GIS format: a small-scale world geology map with an extended geological attribute database. doi: 10.4095/223767. Geological Survey of Canada, Open File 5529. [154]

Devonian - Silurian
358.9 - 443.8 Ma

ID: 2721159
Keyser and Tonoloway Formations, undivided

Age: Paleozoic (358.9 - 443.8 Ma)

Stratigraphic Name: Keyser Formation; Tonoloway Formation; Coeymans Formation; Rondout Formation; Decker Formation; Wills Creek Formation

Description: In descending order: Keyser Formation--medium-gray, crystalline to nodular, fossiliferous limestone; upper part laminated and mud-cracked; not present east of Harrisburg; passes into lower Coeymans, Rondout, and Decker Formations in the east. Tonoloway Formation--medium-gray, laminated, mud-cracked limestone containing some medium-dark- or olive-gray shale interbeds; lower part passes into Wills Creek Formation east and south; passes into Bossardville and Poxono Island beds in the east.

Comments: Original map source: Pennsylvania Bureau of Topographic and Geologic Survey, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Miles, C.E., and Whitfield, T.G., compilers, 2001, Bedrock Geology of Pennsylvania, edition: 1.0, digital map, scale 1:250,000.

Lithology: Major:{limestone}, Minor:{shale}

Reference: Horton, J.D., C.A. San Juan, and D.B. Stoeser. The State Geologic Map Compilation (SGMC) geodatabase of the conterminous United States. doi: 10.3133/ds1052. U.S. Geological Survey Data Series 1052. [133]

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Smith, Robert C., Mineralogy of Pennsylvania 1966-1975: 119-124.
Geyer, Alan R., Robert C. Smith II, & John H. Barnes (1976) Mineral Collecting in Pennsylvania (General Geology Report 33): 33-34.

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