David K. Joyce Minerals

Recent Activities -Nova Scotia, Spring, 2016, Page Two

We were fortunate that the days we collected on the Bay of Fundy, we had good weather for the most part. It can be pretty miserable, rainy and cold that time of the year. The tides rise and fall 50 or so feet twice a day. This makes collecting tricky, since you need to coordinate visits along the cliffs so that you do not get caught there during high tide. As well, the tides can be very tricky for a boat to manoeuver with large rip tides, currents and whirlpools. The stuff of boaters' nightmares!

 

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This is Pinnacle Rock. It actually used to be much bigger and taller but a huge peak of it collapsed a couple of years ago. Remember this photo when you are viewing some other photo's of it a little later in this series. R. McDougall photo.

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Ahah! Somewhere to stand, as the water levels continue their huge outflow. R. McDougall photo.

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The indomitable, indefatigable, ever upbeat Terry Collett, the keenest and most successful of the Nova Scotia Collectors. R. McDougall photo.

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At a spot in the Two Islands area, we located a seam of excellent gmelinite crystals. Here Ray steadies the Ladder while Terry explores the seam.

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It is pretty dangerous here but we sized up the rock above fairly carefully. It is wise to wear a hard hat while collecting near the cliffs on the Bay of Fundy. You never know when an errant rock could come whistling down on your head. Here is Terry hard at work. R. McDougall photo.

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Here, you can see the sort of mineralization that is in the basalts at this location. R. McDougall Photo

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Here is the group of gmelinite specimens that we collected, most of which are not that great. Some of which were world class!

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THESE are nice crystals of gmelinite from the Two Islands area. The biggest crystals are 20mm across, very respectable for this unusual zeolite mineral. Specimen is about 8.0cm across.

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A close up of one of the larger gmelinite crystals from the previous specimen.

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A very nice specimen that is 5.6cm across.

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This plate of gmelinite and heulandite crystals is 8.6cm across.

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This well formed analcime crystal on matrix was found not all that far from the gmelinite spot. Just one, though, actually collected by Ray. Crystal is 19mm across, specimen is 6.2cm across.