Jon’s Senior class visited The Morefield Gem Mine today. They spent the day digging for Amazonite, amethyst, garnet, quartz and other gems. The mine was discovered in 1929, and as their website states: “The Morefield Mine is a highly mineralized pegmatite dike having a length of 2,000 feet and a depth of 300 feet. It produces over 80 different minerals, with more new ones being discovered. The mine produces mica, feldspar, beryl, phenakite…it produces minerals of the tantalum/columbite series too.”
Once or twice a day, a front loader comes through and dumps a load of just-mined rock. As you can see in the video below, this generates a lot of excitement.