Rockin the Rockies

Rockin the Rockies
Stowe Mtn

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Digging up a pegmatite

In this picture you see me working up hill following a pegmatite.  While this particular pegmatite is long and looks promising, we haven't found much there yet.  Best practice is to dig up a hill if possible and start at the first signs of the pegmatite so as to not cover over an area you'll want to dig later.  This is good in theory, but we almost always have to move a pile of debris at some point.  Bob found a nice pocket of etched fluorite crystals here last fall and I found some bits and pieces of fluorite today.  There are a couple of crystals on some newspaper that I use to wrap the crystals, but not much in the way of keepers.  Still it was a nice day considering its only March in the Rockies.

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