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Paul Broyles' Photo Gallery

U56-MFXAlbite

Harding Mine, Picuris District, Taos Co., New Mexico, USA

Dimensions: 4 inches x 3 inches x 2 inches


Albite (after spodumene?)

Nice fluorescence

Not sure if stiations are polysynthetic twining, need to research
Copyright: © Paul J. Broyles 2017      Photo ID: 844716     Uploaded by: Paul Broyles   View Count: 50   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 2073 x 1353 pixels (2.8 Mpix)

ELT-LXVFluorapatite, Quartz, Lepidolite

Harding Mine, Picuris District, Taos Co., New Mexico, USA

Dimensions: 5 inches x 4 inches x 3 inches


Really nice blue-green apatite crystals in here. Glow super bright yellow under SW UV.
Copyright: © Paul J. Broyles 2017      Photo ID: 844674     Uploaded by: Paul Broyles   View Count: 80   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 1764 x 1286 pixels (2.3 Mpix)

Crater from west rim (looking a little southwest before dusk from the east rim)

Kilbourne Hole, Doña Ana Co., New Mexico, USA


Apollo astronauts trained here, supposedly, in 1969. Due to flooding I hiked several miles to get here. I don't recommend that.

From wiki:

Kilbourne Hole is a maar volcanic crater, located 30 miles (48 km) west of the Franklin Mountains of El Paso, Texas, in the Potrillo volcanic field of Doña Ana County, New Mexico. Another maar, Hunt's Hole, lies just two miles south of Kilbourne Hole. These holes are rare examples of volcanic action without a mountainous rim.

The theory of maar formation is that rising magma super-heats water-saturated earth, far enough below the surface that a high pressure can be contained. At some point, the pressure is too much, and a steam explosion occurs, throwing the earth out in a catastrophic event. Country rocks are fragmented and expelled in the atmosphere (together with fragments of the magma), eventually creating a deep crater, the bottom of which sits below the pre-eruptive ground surface. Estimates of the age of the crater vary from about 24,000 to about 80,000 years.
Copyright: © Paul J. Broyles 2017      Photo ID: 840312     Uploaded by: Paul Broyles   View Count: 39   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 2125 x 1196 pixels (2.5 Mpix)

F2N-291Forsterite, Basalt

Kilbourne Hole, Doña Ana Co., New Mexico, USA

Largest Crystal Size: 100 mm

Cracking open bombs. Quality varies...
Copyright: © Paul J. Broyles 2017      Photo ID: 840307     Uploaded by: Paul Broyles   View Count: 65   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 2656 x 1494 pixels (4.0 Mpix)

LYL-A22Cerussite

Kelly Mine, Magdalena, Magdalena District, Socorro Co., New Mexico, USA

Field of View: 50 mm

Nice Cerussite xtls on face of rock. I cannot photograph but xtls are perfect a clear under microscope.
Copyright: © Paul J. Broyles 2017      Photo ID: 840167     Uploaded by: Paul Broyles   View Count: 47   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 1008 x 698 pixels (0.7 Mpix)

FWF-C5YEnstatite, Diopside, Forsterite

Multiple photos available
Kilbourne Hole, Doña Ana Co., New Mexico, USA

Dimensions: 25 mm x 25 mm x 5 mm


Little piece of broken bomb. I am quoting another mindater who identified dark green is diopside, pale olive color as fosterite, and blackish color as enstatite.

Child picture is close-up.
Copyright: © Paul J. Broyles 2017      Photo ID: 840163     Uploaded by: Paul Broyles   View Count: 104   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 747 x 633 pixels (0.5 Mpix)

65X-X2JBeryl (Var: Morganite)

Harding Mine, Picuris District, Taos Co., New Mexico, USA

Largest Crystal Size: 150 mm

Nice pink/white beryl from the beryl zone (var. morganite). A little pinker in real life...

From UNM's, "The Harding Pegmatite"

"All the beryl is white to light pink in color and almost always without crystal form. The masses resembled quartz and feldspar. The beryl has a resinous or greasy luster and often basal cleavage..."
Copyright: © Paul J. Broyles 2017      Photo ID: 839942     Uploaded by: Paul Broyles   View Count: 69   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 2174 x 1449 pixels (3.2 Mpix)

FTW-8RAChalcedony (Var: Agate)

Balmorhea Lake, Balmorhea, Reeves Co., Texas, USA

Largest Crystal Size: 150 mm


Hard to find nice Balmorehea Blue agate. This one is really just a thin seam in basalt, but it shows the color and lights up under UV. See child photo.
Copyright: © Paul J. Broyles 2017      Photo ID: 839941     Uploaded by: Paul Broyles   View Count: 64   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 1424 x 2136 pixels (3.0 Mpix)

QFU-LG3Microcline

Harding Mine, Picuris District, Taos Co., New Mexico, USA

Largest Crystal Size: 100 mm


Surprised to see some bits of light-colored Amazonite (green/blue microcline) here. These are sitting on a very nice spodumene xtl (not seen) with some lepidolite.
Copyright: © Paul J. Broyles 2017      Photo ID: 839940     Uploaded by: Paul Broyles   View Count: 83   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 2136 x 1424 pixels (3.0 Mpix)

13R-Y6FFluorapatite

Multiple photos available
Harding Mine, Picuris District, Taos Co., New Mexico, USA

Dimensions: 150 mm x 150 mm x 150 mm

Only saw bits of blue apatite on lepidolite when picking this up, was surprised how much clearish to pinkish-brown apatite coating there really is! In this picture it looks a bit yellow-brownish like a dirty area. Look at child photo to see.
Copyright: © Paul J. Broyles 2017      Photo ID: 839938     Uploaded by: Paul Broyles   View Count: 66   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 2136 x 1424 pixels (3.0 Mpix)
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