Rockhounding Pennsylvania and New Jersey: A Guide to the States' Best Rockhounding Sites

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A complete guide and source-book brimming with advice on collecting and preparing gems and minerals .

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Overview

A complete guide and source-book brimming with advice on collecting and preparing gems and minerals .

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780762780938
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/1/2013
  • Series: Rockhounding Series
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 334,615
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert Beard is a geologist and has collected rocks for over 30 years. He is a contributing editor to Rock & Gem magazine and has written for Rock & Gem since 1993. He currently lives in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, with his wife, Rosalina, and his two children, Daniel and Roberta.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction 1

Rockhounding Basics 4

Pennsylvania Geology 10

Pennsylvania Natural Resources 13

New Jersey Geology 17

New Jersey Natural Resources 19

How to Use This Guide 22

Pennsylvania Sites

Piedmont Province

1 Prospect Park Kyanite 26

2 Smedley Park Apatite 29

3 Oreland Goethite 32

4 Phoenixville Dolomite Crystals 35

5 Hay Creek Prehnite and Stilbite 37

6 Morgantown Stromatolitic Cambrian Carbonates 39

7 Fruitville Pike Pseudomorphs 42

8 Mud and Grubb Lake Goethite Bombshells 45

9 Safe Harbor Quarry 48

10 Delta Slate Quarries 51

11 Strickhousers Iron Mines 53

12 Howard Tunnel Phyllite 56

13 Accomac Road Serpentine Minerals 59

14 Rossville Malachite-Azurite 61

15 Dillsburg Diabase Minerals 64

16 Hershey Specular Hematite 66

17 Fontana Quarries Calcite 69

18 Cornwall Magnetite 72

New England Province

19 Antietam Molybdenite 75

20 Allentown Jasper Cliffs 78

21 Constitution Drive Rare Earth Minerals 80

22 Hellertown Thomas Iron Slag 83

Ridge and Valley Province

23 Easton Tremolite and Phologopite 85

24 St. Anthony's Nose Schorl 88

25 Pen Argyl Ordovician Slate 91

26 Saylorsburg Devonian Fossils 93

27 Beltzville State Park Devonian Fossils 96

28 Lehighton Lehigh Canal Devonian Fossils 98

29 Lehighton Quartz Crystals 101

30 Deer Lake Devonian Fossils 103

31 Molino Devonian Banded Sediments 106

32 St. Clair Pennsylvanian Fern Fossils 108

33 Suedberg Devonian Fossils 111

34 Sharp Mountain Boxcar Rocks 114

35 Centralia Pennsylvanian Plant Fossils 117

36 Shamokin Whaleback Pennsylvanian Plant Fossils 120

37 Dalmatia Devonian Fossils 123

38 Rockville Devonian Fossils 125

39 Harrisburg Boxwork Limestone 128

40 Mechaniscsburg Cabbage Head Quartz 131

41 Boiling Springs-Reading Banks Cryptomelane and Goethite 134

42 Carbaugh Reservoir Metavolcanics 137

43 Waggoners Gap Turquoise 140

44 Shermans Dale Devonian Fossils 142

45 New Bloomfield Devonian Fossils 144

46 Roxbury Ordovician Fossils 146

47 Seven Stars Devonian Pelecypods 148

48 Walker Lake Ordovician-Devonian Brachiopods 150

49 Kreamer Wavellite 154

50 Danville Devonian Fossils 156

51 PPL Montour Preserve Fossils 158

52 Lime Ridge Calcite and Early Devonian Fossils 161

53 Nanticoke Concrete City 163

54 Bellefonte Ordovician Fossils 166

55 Turnpike Devonian Graptolites 169

Appalachian Plateaus Province

56 Johnstown Pennsylvanian Fossils 172

57 Uniontown Mississippian Fossils 176

58 Carmichaels Pennsylvanian Plant Fossils 179

59 North Vandergrift Barite-Sphalerite Nodules 182

60 Frick Park Pennsylvanian Fossils 184

61 South Heights Pennsylvanian Crinoid Fossils 186

62 Franklin Siderite-Sphalerite Nodules 188

63 Titusville Mississippian Fossils 191

64 Union City Dam Devonian Horseshoe Crabs and Trace Fossils 193

New Jersey Sites

Coastal Plain Province

65 Mount Holly Iron Oxide Cemented Sandstone 198

66 Mullica Hill Vivianite 201

67 Bear Swamp Hill Quartz Pebbles 204

68 Harrisville Pond Bog Iron 207

69 Cape May Diamonds 210

70 Big Brook Late Cretaceous Fossils 212

71 Sayrcvillc Marcasite and Amber 215

Piedmont Province

72 Corys Brook Vesicular Basalt and Potential Carnelian 218

73 Stirling Brook Carnelian Agate 221

74 North Arlington Schuyler Copper Mine 224

75 Snake Hill Magnetite, Malachite, and Stilbite 227

76 Jersey City Bergen Arches Calcite 230

77 Hoboken Serpentine 233

78 North Bergen Banded Hornfels 236

79 New Street Quarries and Great Falls of the Passaic 238

Highlands Province

80 Lake Valhalla Yellow Serpentine 242

81 Wanaque Roomy and Blue Mines Magnetite 245

82 West Milford-Bearfort Mountain Puddingstone 248

83 Cranberry Lake Iron Mines 250

84 Sterling Hill Mine and Mine Run Dump 253

85 Buckwheat Dump and Franklin Mineral Museum 255

86 Hamburg Stromatolites 257

87 Marble Mountain Hematite Mine 259

Valley and Ridge Province

88 Pahaquarry Copper Mines 262

89 Montague Quartz Crystals 266

References Cited 268

Index 275

About the Author 278

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