David K. Joyce Minerals

Recent Activities -Planet Mine, Arizona, Page Two

Here are more of the pictures of the Planet Mine, featuring the minerals that we found. We were there only 1.5 hours and I think if we spent a bit more time, we could find some pretty good mineral specimens! I'd like to go back, someday.

 

Recent Activities -Planet Mine, Arizona, Page Two

One of the other prominent plants in the vicinity of the mine is the saguaro cactus. Lots of them!

Recent Activities -Planet Mine, Arizona, Page Two

There was a lot of this botryoidal mineral around. I am assuming that it is chrysocolla or a mixture of copper minerals. View about 15.0cm across.

Recent Activities -Planet Mine, Arizona, Page Two

Here is a rather excellent specimen of a thick vein of fluorescent blue chrysocolla cutting specular hematite. Paul collected this specimen not on this trip but and earlier one. When people look at it, they invariable ask me if the blue has been "painted on", it is such an UNREAL colour. 13.0cm across.

Recent Activities -Planet Mine, Arizona, Page Two

It was not hard to find seams of malachite that often enlarged into openings that hosted tufts of malachite needles. I'd like to try and find a really nice specimen of this mineral there.

Recent Activities -Planet Mine, Arizona, Page Two

The other form of malachite at the Planet Mine is the botryoidal habit. It seemed to me that there was a fair bit of this material and, if one was persistent, it could be possible to find a nice specimen. This one isn't bad but I think that bigger and better probably exists! It is 9.0cm across.

Recent Activities -Planet Mine, Arizona, Page Two

Here is a close-up of part of the vug in the malachite specimen. For me, it is pretty cool to be collecting mineralization like this since we have very little like this in Canada. "Damn the Glaciers" that scraped it all away!

Recent Activities -Planet Mine, Arizona, Page Two

This portion of the vug has nice malachite plus a crystal of a white mineral that resembles hemimorphite. Not sure though. Field of view about 20mm across.