Working the Tripp Mine, benching the pit side of the Wayne / Lee cut.

1.25" X 1.88" tall Heliodor crystal,  2009, Tripp Mine

1.25" X 1.88" tall Heliodor crystal, 2009, Tripp Mine

A miner must learn to eat a lot of humble pie. As posted in the last blog we were into a lot of very poor quality feldspar and there was a good  large pod of good quartz with feldspar crystals. To date when we hit these pods we have found good beryl crystals. This time the quartz, microcline, feldspar crystal pod (one of the largest found to date) produced no beryl. The area that was pushing out the poor quality feldspar (pit rim) changed into a rusty chowder peg (hematite stained blocky quartz with feldspar). This type of peg has produced light heliodor to date. It is also the area were Wayne is documenting the tree stump beryl crystal on you-tube. When we pushed thru the very poor feldspar area no beryl turned up, we blamed the stump beryl crystal for sucking up all the beryllium. That changed when we moved into the rusty chowder peg. That material started producing light to medium heliodor. At this time it looks like it will continue.

11” X 9” overall. 2.12" X 1.88" tall Heliodor crystal nested into a good grouping of mica crystals. 2009 Tripp Mine

11” X 9” overall. 2.12" X 1.88" tall Heliodor crystal nested into a good grouping of mica crystals. 2009 Tripp Mine

The plan is to move the road to the south wall side but before we do, we will finish benching the pit rim. We will then see what the pit rim rusty chowder peg produces. Hopefully not humble pie.

6/18/09 Wayne / Lee over view, looking south-West

6/18/09 Wayne / Lee over view, looking south-West

The crew and I will be at the Gilsum Rock swap both days (27-28) with a good amount of inventory (not the full inventory because it is an outdoor show). This show is a lot of fun and the dealers come from a wide geographical area making for a nice mix.

That’s it for now.

Jim

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