Rockin the Rockies

Rockin the Rockies
Stowe Mtn

Thursday, May 26, 2011

April Fools Claim Finish Up

The April Fools claim mineral rights are leased by the Colorado Springs Mineralogical Society.  If you are a member of that club you have the right to rockhound on the claim.  Here is a picture from the April Fools claim looking north.  Today we finished up a dig and did some prospecting.  The next few slides show some of the work and findings at this claim.  We worked an area about 4 or 5 days and have now completed prospecting that area.  We found hundreds of crystals, though most under 5cm.  The largest smoky crystal was about 15cm.  We also found some amazonite in combination with smokys.  These combos are fairly desirable.  Unfortunately the combos were small 12cm across and the amazonite was not a very deep blue green.  Still the treasure hunt provided fun and excitement as crystals formed 1 billion years ago were exposed to sunlight.

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