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Nathan Hall Quarry (Clark Hill Quarry), East Hampton (Chatham), Middlesex Co., Connecticut, USA

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Detailed Mineral List:
Albite
Colour: white
Description: Euhedral crystals restricted to the lining of small pockets.
Reference: P Cristofono collection, 2007 Harold Moritz collection, 1991-2009
Photo: © 2009 Harold Moritz. Albite from Nathan Hall Quarry, East Hampton, Middlesex Co., Connecticut, USA
Almandine
Habit: complex mix of forms, generally modified trapezohedrons
Colour: maroon
Description: 7 specimens were tested for Fe and Mn content using X-ray fluorescence. The Mn percentage of the total Fe+Mn content varied from 23 to 47%, indicating there were all almandine. Crystals are typically coated with dark, probable Mn oxides coating, but this does not prove they are spessartine.
Reference: Field collected by Harold Moritz, confirmed by XRF.
Photo: © 2007 Steve Bonney. Almandine from Nathan Hall Quarry, East Hampton, Middlesex Co., Connecticut, USA
Annite
Habit: elongated tabular subhedral
Colour: black
Description: Crystals apparently reached several dm long as they are typically found as fragments in the dump, sometimes interlayered with muscovite.
Reference: Field collected by Harold Moritz.
Photo: © 2009 Harold Moritz. Annite from Nathan Hall Quarry, East Hampton, Middlesex Co., Connecticut, USA
Autunite
Reference: P Cristofono collection, 2007
Photo: © 2007 Peter Cristofono. Autunite from Nathan Hall Quarry, East Hampton, Middlesex Co., Connecticut, USA
Beryl
Habit: elongated prisms with pinacoidal or somewhat rounded pyramidal terminations
Colour: yellow, pale green, aqua
Description: Crystals found frozen in fragments of the intermediate zone (quartz, albite, some muscovite) of the pegmatite.
Reference: LMSCC Newsletter, Sept. 2005 Harold Moritz collection, 1991-2009
Photo: © Rowan Lytle. Beryl from Nathan Hall Quarry, East Hampton, Middlesex Co., Connecticut, USA
Columbite-(Fe)
Habit: skeletal, tabular, stout or elongated prisms
Colour: black with iridescence
Description: Wide variety of crystal habits, stout prisms reach a about 3 x 5 cm, while skeletal crystals intergrown with albite can reach 8 cm. Several crystals tested using XRD and Raman spectroscopy.
Reference: Field collected by Harold Moritz.
Photo: © Harold Moritz. Columbite-(Fe) from Nathan Hall Quarry, East Hampton, Middlesex Co., Connecticut, USA
Fluorapatite
Habit: anhedral to subhedral grains
Colour: pale gray-green
Fluorescence: yellow
Description: subhedral grains can reach several cm
Reference: Harold Moritz collection
Photo: © 2009 Harold Moritz. Fluorapatite from Nathan Hall Quarry, East Hampton, Middlesex Co., Connecticut, USA
Foitite ?
Habit: massive material, skeletal/interstitial in graphic granite
Colour: black
Description: Tested by Raman spectroscopy at the University of New Haven, spectrum was weak but consistent with foitite. Thin masses interstitial within microcline/quartz graphic granite, unusual as that association is typically barren of interesting minerals.
Reference: Fred E Davis Collection
Photo: © 2012 FED. Foitite from Nathan Hall Quarry, East Hampton, Middlesex Co., Connecticut, USA
Goethite
Reference: Kevin Czaja Collection
Löllingite
Reference: David Busha collection; David Busha collection SEM-EDS by Kaygeedee Minerals
Photo: © David Busha. Löllingite from Nathan Hall Quarry, East Hampton, Middlesex Co., Connecticut, USA
Meta-autunite
Habit: encrustations
Colour: yellow
Fluorescence: green
Description: excellent halos surrounding other uranium secondary minerals and altered uraninite.
Reference: Field collected by Harold Moritz.
Photo: © 2013 Harold Moritz. Meta-autunite from Nathan Hall Quarry, East Hampton, Middlesex Co., Connecticut, USA
Metatorbernite
Habit: square tabular
Colour: green
Description: usually anhedral crusts and associated with other secondary U minerals
Reference: Field collected by Harold Moritz.
Photo: © David Busha. Metatorbernite from Nathan Hall Quarry, East Hampton, Middlesex Co., Connecticut, USA
Microcline
Habit: prismatic
Colour: tan
Description: rare in good crystals, some fragments found
Reference: Field collected by Harold Moritz.
Photo: © 2010 Harold Moritz. Microcline from Nathan Hall Quarry, East Hampton, Middlesex Co., Connecticut, USA
Monazite-(Ce)
Habit: tabular subhedral
Colour: brown
Description: One small glassy subhedral crystal found and confirmed by X-ray diffraction test.
Reference: Field collected by Harold Moritz, confirmed by XRD.
Photo: © Harold Moritz. Monazite-(Ce) from Nathan Hall Quarry, East Hampton, Middlesex Co., Connecticut, USA
Muscovite
Habit: tabular, pseudo-hexagonal
Colour: silver
Description: Anhedral in the intermediate zone, but euhedral along the contact of this zone with the quartz core. Also as fine-grained pseudomorphs after euhedral schorl.
Reference: LMSCC Newsletter, Sept. 2005 Harold Moritz collection, 1991-2009
Photo: © Steve Bonney 2006. Muscovite from Nathan Hall Quarry, East Hampton, Middlesex Co., Connecticut, USA
Opal
Habit: encrustations
Colour: colorless
Fluorescence: green
Description: inconspicuous unless illuminated by SW UV.
Reference: Field collected by Harold Moritz.
Opal var: Opal-AN
Habit: encrustations
Colour: colorless
Fluorescence: green
Description: inconspicuous unless illuminated by SW UV.
Reference: Field collected by Harold Moritz.
Photo: © 2009 Harold Moritz. Opal-AN from Nathan Hall Quarry, East Hampton, Middlesex Co., Connecticut, USA
Quartz
Colour: clear, white
Reference: LMSCC Newsletter, Sept. 2005 Harold Moritz collection, 1991-2009
Photo: © 2009 Harold Moritz. Quartz from Nathan Hall Quarry, East Hampton, Middlesex Co., Connecticut, USA
Quartz var: Ferruginous Quartz
Reference: P Cristofono collection, 2007
Photo: © 2007 Peter Cristofono. Ferruginous Quartz from Nathan Hall Quarry, East Hampton, Middlesex Co., Connecticut, USA
Quartz var: Rose Quartz
Colour: pink
Description: Although reported by Foye (1922), no modern specimens found. Perhaps he was referring to the abundant ferruginous quartz.
Reference: LMSCC Newsletter, Sept. 2005 Foye, W. G. (1922): MINERAL LOCALITIES IN THE VICINITY OF MIDDLETOWN, CONNECTICUT. American Mineralogist, Volume 7, pages 4-12.
Quartz var: Smoky Quartz
Colour: grey to black
Reference: Field collected by Harold Moritz.
Schorl
Habit: elongated prisms with shallow rhombohedral terminations
Colour: black
Description: generally anhedral to subhedral, crystals crumble readily. Euhedral crystals pseudomorphed by fine-grained muscovite are common.
Reference: LMSCC Newsletter, Sept. 2005 Harold Moritz collection 1991-2009
Photo: © JMZ. Schorl from Nathan Hall Quarry, East Hampton, Middlesex Co., Connecticut, USA
Spessartine
Colour: maroon
Description: As a component in almandine, not verified as a separate species. XRF testing of 7 garnets found 23 to 47% Mn component of the total Fe-Mn content.
Reference: Field collected by Harold Moritz, confirmed by XRF.
Photo: © Rowan Lytle. Spessartine from Nathan Hall Quarry, East Hampton, Middlesex Co., Connecticut, USA
Staurolite
Reference: Daniel J. Kimball
Tapiolite-(Fe)
Habit: Complex, twinned short prisms
Colour: black
Description: Two specimens are known, both very similar with crystals about 3-4 cm, in quartz and albite, complexly crystallized apparently twinned, that somewhat resemble garnets, but of course black and submetallic.
Reference: Leif DiValentino collection
Photo: © 2013 Harold Moritz. Tapiolite-(Fe) from Nathan Hall Quarry, East Hampton, Middlesex Co., Connecticut, USA
Torbernite
Photo: © 2007 Peter Cristofono. Torbernite from Nathan Hall Quarry, East Hampton, Middlesex Co., Connecticut, USA
Uraninite
Habit: octahedral
Colour: black
Description: Typically highly altered and surrounded by secondary U mineral haloes.
Reference: P Cristofono collection, 2007 Harold Moritz collection, 1991-2009
Photo: © 2007 Peter Cristofono. Uraninite from Nathan Hall Quarry, East Hampton, Middlesex Co., Connecticut, USA
Uranophane
Colour: yellow
Description: Usually replacing small uraninite crystals.
Reference: P Cristofono collection, 2007 Harold Moritz collection 1991-2009
Photo: © Harold Moritz. Uranophane from Nathan Hall Quarry, East Hampton, Middlesex Co., Connecticut, USA
Yttrocolumbite-(Y) ?
Description: Extremely rare mineral. No chemical data available.
Zircon
Habit: radiating aggregates
Colour: brown
Description: Usually small, inconspicuous brown radiating aggregates, often stained with limonite.
Reference: Field collected by Harold Moritz.
Photo: © FED '09. Zircon from Nathan Hall Quarry, East Hampton, Middlesex Co., Connecticut, USA

References

Foye, Wilbur G., (1922), Mineral Localities in the Vicinity of Middletown, Connecticut. American Mineralogist: 7: 4-12.

Schooner, Richard. (1958), The Mineralogy of the Portland-East Hampton-Middletown-Haddam Area in Connecticut (With a few notes on Glastonbury and Marlborough). Published by Richard Schooner; Ralph Lieser of Pappy’s Beryl Shop, East Hampton; and Howard Pate of Fluorescent House, Branford, Connecticut.

Schooner, Richard. (1961), The Mineralogy of Connecticut. Fluorescent House, Branford, Connecticut.

Schooner, Richard. (circa 1980s), Untitled manuscript on central Connecticut mineralogy.

LMSCC Newsletter (2005), (September).

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