|Looking west towards Badger Flats with a little smoke in the distance|
Austin came over and helped go through the shards looking for topaz. Quickly the quartz shards became more smoky in color and increased in size to some being over 6 inches in length. Then the smoky quartz crystals started to show themselves through the scree and red clay. Austin gleaned through the pocket mud and shards of quartz checking for topaz. The quartz shards were much larger than the euhedral crystals. The quartz shards suggested 6 inch crystals, but the biggest complete crystal was 3 inches. After I felt the pocket was nearly depleted I let Austin finish it up.
|Austin Finishing Up The Pocket|
|Smoky Quartz Crystals just about clean up enough for an acid bath to remove some stubborn iron staining|