With the deepening of the reform of the energy structure, the whole world is the full development of nuclear power, but to make a reactor to produce electricity must have nuclear fuel, but the most common nuclear fuel from uranium.Uranium ore is very beautiful, known as the ore in the family rose, but few are willing to close it, the reason lies in the radiation.From the literature, film and television works, and media reports we get a hint, and ..
both very similar - about 20 cm long matrixof quartz, lepidolite and cleavelanditewith morganite crystal andmulti-color tourmalines with pink, greenand blue zones. All these pockets werefound in the small area of the old supportingpillar. A short time after the carefulextraction of the content of allpockets and cleaning the area the minewas again closed and remains closed tothis day (2012).10 cm tall tourmaline on quartz collected as one of t..
One of the few big and aestheticspecimens was kept hidden for manyyears and introduced by Edward Swobodato the public for the first time onlyin 2012. This specimen is over 28 cm longand is built of big quartz crystals andtwo “blue-caps” sticking up from them;illustrated here on page 8. Rumor has itthat this piece was purchased by MarionStuart, an extremely wealthy collector atthat time, during a mine party, to be donatedto the LA ..
There were 55 years of almost noactivity in the Tourmaline Queen Minefrom 1914 to 1969. During this periodsome minor research and mining wasdone but without great luck. In 1955president Dwight D. Eisenhower grantedthe mine patent to Margaret Moore andMildred Wear – daughters of FrankSalmons. In the ‘50s and ‘60s many high-graders visited the mine trying to locatesome of the pockets. They did a lot ofdamage digging in the sec..
Quartz was very common in thepockets and was frequently well formed. Usually it was colorless, milky or lightcitrine. The size of some crystals associatedwith tourmalinesreached over 20cm. The majority of the most famousspecimens from the mine are a combinationof quartz crystals and tourmalines.Mine portal in 1972. J. Scripps photo.Resting at the front of the mine in 1972. J. Scripps photo. Tourmaline was the main goal ofmining in the beg..
INTRODUCTION The Tourmaline Queen Mine is oneof the most famous localities among mineralcollectors. For over 100 years themine has produced hundreds of kilogramsof gem tourmaline crystals and ahuge amount of specimens. Among manypockets the “blue-cap” find made themine so famous. Some collectors believeit is the most important find ever.Valley fog and the Tourmaline Queen Mine on Queen Mountain, as seen from the Oceanview Mine. M. ..
During Denver 2011, the author soldthree specimens to lucky collectors andkept two specimens for himself, before John Veevaert acquired the remaining 60pieces. (Please note that John has sincedispersed all of these specimens). Duringthat same 2011 Denver show, Paul Pohwatobtained one of the best piecesfrom Dan Weinrich for the Smithsoniancollection.The intrigue started when the authorreturned to the University of Arizonaafter the Denver show...
The vast majority of new mineralspecies occur as microscopic grains orcrystals. These are of little interest tocollectors of aesthetic minerals, and aresought-after only by locality specialists orthe most die-hard of systematic enthusiasts.Marshall Sussman with a specimen of the new mineral marshallsussmanite,in Tucson, 2014. The discovery of new minerals isexciting on the one hand, but somewhat routine on the other. In 2013, the Internati..
The Care and Feeding of your Benitoite SpecimenHelpful Etching TechniquesBackgroundGeology(reprinted from the 1977 California issue of The Mineralogical Record)“The Benitoite Gem Mine is located at the southern end or the Diablo Range, a belt of mountains along the west side of California‘s San Joaquin Valley. The range is built of rocks of the Jurassic Franciscan Formation (graywacke, shale, chert and basalt) and serpentine with Cretaceous and..