A single of the unfortunate aspects of residing near by a excellent mine is not becoming able to accumulate there. I can recognize if the mine is still becoming labored by a organization, but that is not often the circumstance any more. Now there are mines that are closed to collectors, since the land is owned by a non-public collector. This specific will work the mine in their absolutely free time, hoarding any samples located in their basement. As substantially as I loathe this, I would almost certainly do the same matter if I experienced the revenue to do it. It still difficult to imagine about all of those people good samples ending up in a person's basement collecting dust. An additional reason that would seem to turning out to be additional and additional prevalent has to do with legal concerns. Some homeowners of mines close them off to the general public, since some bonehead sued them. In my intellect if you go to a mine, slide and harm by yourself, you ought to live with it. Anyone in their proper intellect appreciates there is a particular amount of danger walking all-around mines that are no for a longer time in procedure. So, since persons are fearful of becoming sued, they have closed off entry to collectors. Irresponsible collecting solutions is a further reason why some mines have been closed off to the general public. I contacted a land owner once for permission to accumulate on their land, and he granted me entry. That is why it never ever hurts to ask, even if the mine is closed to collectors. They may possibly be inclined to think about a circumstance by circumstance basis. The reason he closed his mine to collecting is, is since some bonehead considered it would be suitable to bring an excavator and some dynamite. The male actually blasted on his land. That is sufficient to make any land owner bar collecting on his their land. Fortunately there are still those people mine homeowners out there that understand the great importance of mineral collecting to the general public. It is a pleasurable, and thrilling passion that everyone can get pleasure from. They hold their mines open inspite of the prospect of becoming sued or morons demonstrating up with dynamite. A single these types of owner is the Perham loved ones.
The Perham loved ones owns 4 mines positioned in the Greenwood and West Paris region positioned in Oxford County. These mines are the Harvard, Nubble, Tamminen, and Waisanan mines. In advance of heading to any a single of these areas I would endorse you end at Perhams Jewlers and check out out their store. They have all sorts of devices for sale these types of as rock hammers, chisels, and gold pans. Their Jewelry is excellent to, but by far the quantity a single reason to location their is their mineral exhibit. They have samples there that have been collected about the several years from their mines. They have a monster sample of smokey quartz, beryl, and tourmaline there. A single could spend a excellent hour just looking at these samples. I do not imagine any of them are for sale, and if they were being, I know I could not afford to pay for a single.
The Harvard Quarry is the best in my viewpoint adopted by the Tamminen and Waisanan quarry. If memory serves me appropriately than the Nubble Quarry has the the very least to give. I did not spend substantially time listed here as all I could appear to find was biotite and muscovite mica. The Harvard Quarry was the best. I located big chunks of schroll and garnet in green orthoclase feldspar. Pockets of lepidolite can be located listed here as perfectly, along with big pockets of quartz. I have also heard of gem quality apatite crystals becoming located below in the talice pile. The apatite was purple with wite caps. A excellent selection of minerals can be located listed here. The Tamminen mine contains excellent samples of beryl. From what I observed there seemed to be additional of a selection of minerals listed here. This would be a excellent location to use a display to look for some gem quality samples. I spend most of my time in these two mines. I mainly lump the Tamminen and Waisanan mines jointly since they are so close. The list of minerals that have been located in this space are:
Clevelandite, almandine garnet, beryl, biotite, muscovite, quartz, lepidolite, montmorillonite, spodumene, topaz, vesuvianite, tourmaline, and zircon.
These are the additional perfectly known and well-known minerals. A whole host of other minerals, much less prevalent can be located listed here as perfectly. I have only at any time located tourmaline, garnet, lepidolite, quartz, muscovite, and biotite, in any kind of abundance. Black tourmaline and garnet are the most prevalent at the Harvard mine. The Tamminan and Waisanan Quarries appear to give additional in the way of selection. I have only at any time heard of the gem quality apatite becoming located at the Harvard site. The e book I have also does not list apatite, it lists fluorapatite. Any collecting becoming carried out at the Harvard mine ought to be carried out with treatment, specially when climbing all-around on the talice pile down below. There are big chunks of clevelandite listed here that can be really sharp. I slice myself very excellent and did not even observe until finally I observed the blood dripping on the rocks. All of these mines are easy to track down, but if you get missing just end into Perham's Jewelers the place they have maps.
Driving from the directions of the junction of route 117 and 118 in Norway, go west on route 118 for .ninety five miles. Turn proper onto the Greenwood road and drive north west 5.3 miles. Turn proper onto Richardson Hollow road and continue .four miles to parking space positioned on the proper hand aspect of the road. The trail to the quarry is across the road from the parking space. (Maine Mineral Localities third EDT. By WB Thompson, DL Joyner, RG Woodman, VT King).
Anyone that would make there way to the University of Maine in Farmington's geology department can see some samples collected from this region by the geology club. They have a true fantastic mineral collection to watch as perfectly.
Source by Dennis Huff