Sphalerite and calcite from Franklin
This specimen was found on the Buckwheat in the summer of 1999.   To uncover it required the churning up of quite a bit of soil and rocks with a prybar and folding shovel.  Naturally, this piece shown above also required careful trimming of weathered surfaces... things this nice don't just jump into your bucket when you're collecting! 

The piece is about five or six inches across.


Here we have a fairly thick vein of fluorescent sphalerite sitting atop fluorescent calcite, with some specks of willemite that are not visible here. The calcite also has franklinite grains dispersed throughout (the black spots).

The colors as photographed are pretty accurate.

Another example of the treasures you can still find on the Buckwheat Dump... if you have patience and lose the attitude of "it's not like it was back in the old days".  I mean, sure it's not like 1959 when you could cart 200-lb boulders away in your station wagon, but you can still find nice specimens with a little work.

Light used: Superbright 2000SW. Film and camera settings: Shop Rite 400 speed film; f-stop of 5.6; exposure time 2 seconds.

By today's standards this is a pretty small photo.  It was scanned at a lower resolution, in anticipation you'd be looking at this page in 640x480.  

Before I'd started using a digital cam, I used Shop-Rite film and developing to the exclusion of all other types.  That made the skin crawl of every shutterbug I knew.  It was pretty amusing.  The photos were pretty good, actually, though I bet you wish the photo above were larger.  That could be remedied with a re-scan if the original photo ever turns up.


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