David K. Joyce Minerals

Recent Activities -Collecting Zeolites in Nova Scotia, Page Two

Here are more images and captions, mostly about the Horseshow Cove and Wasson's Bluff zeolite collecting areas of the Bay of Fundy, near Parrsboro. The Bay of Fundy is world renowned for its 50 foot plus high tides. We had to coordinate each trip to the zeolite localities to ensure that we arrived when the tide was going out. It was equally important to ensure that we didn't stay too long and possibly get trapped by the fast rising tides.

 

Recent Activities -Collecting Zeolites in Nova Scotia, Page Two

There are many interesting rock formations on the Bay of Fundy. This is a rock arch that we came upon, unexpectedly, when we rounded a corner in the bluffs.

Recent Activities -Collecting Zeolites in Nova Scotia, Page Two

A nice cavity of chabazite and stilbite released this nice little specimen, about 50mm across, from Horseshoe Cove, near the beach.

Recent Activities -Collecting Zeolites in Nova Scotia, Page Two

I really wanted to extract this pocket of analcime crystals in one piece. I chiseled very carefully but despite my efforts, the analcime crystals started popping off and I did not achieve my goal. Sorry! No "after" picture!

Recent Activities -Collecting Zeolites in Nova Scotia, Page Two

Jim Haase managed to chisel this very nice stilbite and chabazite specimen out of the basalt at Horseshoe Cove.

Recent Activities -Collecting Zeolites in Nova Scotia, Page Two

This is an image of the vista at Wasson's Bluff. Wasson's Bluff is one of the favourite and well-known places for collecting great zeolites along the Bay of Fundy.

Recent Activities -Collecting Zeolites in Nova Scotia, Page Two

While collecting, we were visited by this bald eagle that was looking for food on the tidal flats.

Recent Activities -Collecting Zeolites in Nova Scotia, Page Two

Here is an image of collecting buddy Jim Haase enjoying the collecting and the view at Wasson's Bluff.

Recent Activities -Collecting Zeolites in Nova Scotia, Page Two

My son Daniel was able to drive up from Halifax for the day to collect. Perfect day!

Recent Activities -Collecting Zeolites in Nova Scotia, Page Two

You never know what you might find when you turn over a rock!

Recent Activities -Collecting Zeolites in Nova Scotia, Page Two

Daniel works away at a vug of chabazite embedded in the basalt.

Recent Activities -Collecting Zeolites in Nova Scotia, Page Two

Here is the chabazite vug that was the subject of Daniel's attention in the previous image. It is about a 5.0cm opening. These cavities are very difficult to extract from the shattered basalt intact.

Recent Activities -Collecting Zeolites in Nova Scotia, Page Two

There were lots of veins of stilbite and calcite coursing through the bassalt at Wasson's Bluff and occasionally, they open up to reveal nice crystals. This particular vein had bits of native copper embedded in the stilbite here and there, although there is none showing in this picture. Specimen is 10.0cm long.