Monday, March 5, 2012

February Field Trip Report

Many great specimens from the February trip
It was a bright sunny day with a gentle breeze that was chilly in the morning but soon warmed into a pleasant day. Rolling Stones gathered at a prospect just this side of Granite Gap off New Mexico Hwy 80. The Peloncillo Range that straddles the New Mexico-Arizona border is a spectacular weathered granite formation in this area. The area was known as the San Simon Mining District in the days when it was active. At the site, selected by field trip leader Ansel, copper ores, pyrites and calcite produced some smaller specimens. Those searching for yard rock found some beautiful white quartz in all sizes. For the first "spring weather" outing in a while, all agreed that it was an interesting and productive trip.

Submitted by Lee Stockman
Map to collecting site
Members search through hopes of long-gone miners

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