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 Post subject: Minerals in Staten Island
PostPosted: Sat May 27, 2006 9:25 pm 
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Last week, I took a trip to Staten Island for mineral collecting, It was surprisingly good- Many different kinds of minerals including some nice rare ones can be found in the Serpentinite outcrops and cuts found throughout the island (Oly one open to the public) I came back with 4 fist size specimens and about 30 micromounts. There are also several locations where you can collect in rocks from water tunnels constructed in the 1960's

check out the link!

http://3dparks.wr.usgs.gov/nyc/parks/loc7.htm

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 07, 2006 4:32 pm 
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There were Iron mines (limonite) in Staten Island. They are all flooded now and one of the sections are called "iron ponds" because the new yorkers think they look like ponds. How lovely. Anyway they are the nearest iron mines to NYC,


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 07, 2006 5:10 pm 
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In the old days it really didn't matter that much where you put a mine, as long as there was a good mineral deposit there. New York City (Staten Island) and even some of the urban areas of east NJ had operating mines. Many are gone from site now. The iron mines of Staten Island are probably not very well known for just that reason, they look like ponds.

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The water table is also pretty high over there, so it keeps things looking like ponds. All the stuff in NY requires pumping to keep it from flooding including subways tunnels, and everything else..

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 09, 2006 12:03 am 
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What's interesting is the mines are on and near Todt Hill -- the highest point in Staten Island (and all of New York City for that matter) yet they are still flooded.

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