Sunday, August 5, 2012

Preliminary Report of a Beryl Collection Site

A new beryl, garnet, quartz, and feldspar mineral site was discovered on August 4th and on the following day I documented the site with my wife and her friend. The site is easy to get to and the crystals are abundant.  Some of the feldspar crystals were larger than a loaf of bread. There may be tungsten minerals present.  Tests will be made in the lab to determine if they are present. The mineral beryl is a beryllium aluminium cyclosilicate The hexagonal crystals of beryl at the Badger Flats area range from 0.5 cm to over 4 cm in length. Terminated crystals, which are relatively rare, were not located. Pure beryl is commonly colored by impurities that create green, blue, yellow, red, and white colors. The beryl at the Badger Flats location is granitic pegmatites and quartz. Varieties of beryl include aquamarine, red beryl, emerald, golden beryl or heliodor, morganite, also known as "pink beryl." Pikes Peak Pebble Pups will be conducting the field investigations, laboratory work, and issuing reports.

The property is located on Pike National Forest and is not under claim.

Category silicate mineral
Mohs scale of hardness  7.5 to 8
Crystal system hexagonal
Blue beryl crystal group. Photo date August  2012  © S. Veatch

Close-up view of blue beryl group.
Photo date August 2012 © S. Veatch

Blue beryl. Photo date August 2012 © S. Veatch


Blue beryl. Photo date August 2012 © S. Veatch


Blue beryl. Photo date August 2012 © S. Veatch


Beryl crystal with granets on the surface. Photo date August 2012 © S. Veatch


Berryl crystal in quartz Photo date August 2012 © S. Veatch


Beryl specimens. Photo date August 2012 © S. Veatch
Beryl speciment from old quarry.
 Photo date August 2012 © S. Veatch


Group of beryl specimens on very large fledslpar crystal.
Photo date August 2012 © S. Veatch

Large garnet. Photo date August 2012 © S. Veatch

1 comment:

  1. Looks great, I'm headed there today to go mountain bike riding.

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