David K. Joyce Minerals

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When I was about 14 years old, my brother Brian and I took the bus to Paudash, hitched a ride to Monck Road and walked into the Silver Crater, camped overnight and collected betafite and zircon crystals. That was 44 years ago! I was 14.

 

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The mica pit is very accessible and full of big calcite chunks to break up. I know someone who found a gorgeous zircon in this pit once.

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On the way out on the east side of the road we stopped to admire the handiwork of a beaver clan. They have constructed, over the years, a dam that is about 200 feet long, the top of which is about 15 feet above lake outlet level. Nice elegant curve to it, as well!

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When we finished with collecting at the main pits and adit, we spent an hour or so checking out other pits and trenches through the woods.

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This was a nice little 26mm green apatite crystal that was in that calcite boulder that I broke apart.

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A couple of reddish-green apatite crystals in calcite, the largest being 42mm long.

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An elegant, elongated, 52mm long, green, doubly terminated apatite crystal, exposed in calcite that came out of that big calcite chunk that I broke up.

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I found this 35mm cluster of betafite crystals 44 years ago, when my brother and I camped at the Silver Crater Mine. Somehow, it seemed easier to find crystals in those days!

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Here is a sharp, 10mm betafite crystal attached to a long, slender apatite crystal. This one is from an old collection and collected in the 1960's.

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This reddish, 12mm, zircon crystal is attached to the side of a big betafite crystal that came out in pieces. At least there was a nice zircon crystal attached!

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A "killer" 22mm, geniculate, zircon twin on betafite. This is an old piece collected in the late 50's early 60's. Now in the D. Doherty collection.

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This is one of the best, if not the best, zircon specimen that I've seen from the Silver Crater Mine. It is a doubly terminated, 40mm perfect zircon crystal nicely exposed in/on calcite matrix. From an old collection, probably collected in the late 50's. Ray McDougall photo.