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On average, what iron ore mineral contains the highest percentage of Fe
Poll ended at Sat Apr 29, 2006 4:39 pm
1.Hematite Fe2O3 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
2. Pyrrhotite FeS.83 25%  25%  [ 1 ]
3. Fe++Fe+++2O4 (Fe3O4) 75%  75%  [ 3 ]
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 Post subject: Mine status- Loudville Lead Mine, Easthampton, MA
PostPosted: Sat Apr 22, 2006 4:39 pm 
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Does anyone have directions to the remnants of the Loudville Lead Mines in Easthampton, Massachusetts? I'm helping to schedule a trip with the Stamford Mineralogical Society for collecting, it is also a very important historic locality mined throughout the mid to late 18th century. Are the adits sill there? I assume they would be covered by eroded material if they did exist. Everyone interested is welcome to come with us, I have to set a date tenatively.

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 23, 2006 7:46 am 
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There supposedly 50 shafts (pretty big mining opperation!) they are supposedly off a navigable dirt trail off glendale street opposite drury lane which is near rt 66. We will definatley go with you guys I thinks the adits are closed, but not sure how. One of the biggest mines I know off is in MA, chester emery mines. MA has some huge mines and a really low water table! -Mike


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Yes, the loudville mines are insane! The variety of secondary minerals is astounding considering it's location- you usually find extensive mineralization of those lead and copper oxidation products in more arid environments...like Arizona, well, they're always present in some volume at most mines it's just that there's a ton of it in loudville! The club actually prefers me to scout out the locality before we all go. I think that would be a good idea, so we'll head up there sometime. I have a ton of specimens from there if your interested in what's there, one is the only piece of a certain mineral (leadhillite) to be found there.

Are the Chester Emery Mines still open? They are the only other locality (Besides Old Mine Park) that has extensive mineralizations of Margarite mica versus Muscovite. In other words, all the mica at both Chester and OMP have an F anion replacing the conventional OH of muscovite. It's a metamorphosis product of topaz. I personally like the specimens from there very much.

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Jeremy, I'm sure you have already found this but here is some brief information on the Loudville Lead Mine. Apparently it is open to collecting. This doesn't say anything about the status of the mine workings but there was an 1147' long adit driven that was never reached the vein.

http://www.cumberlandite.com/cumberlandite1_024.htm

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Yes, the chester emery is still wide open! complete with full trackage and some very interesting stopes plus if you are adventurous there are dry levels 100' down from the upper adit, it is like an emery mine time capsule down there, very much untouched.


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Wow, we GOTTA check that out!!

Oh, I Mindat-ed the mine and there's a type-locality mineral!! Amesite- It's an unusual mineral that is intemediate of serpintinite (Asbestos) and Kaolinite (White clay mineral) that forms star shaped crystals! Mg2Al[(OH)4(AlSiO5)] is the composition but the aluminum is often replaced with trivalent chromium- this is why the mineral often has a light to rich purple color.

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Jeremy- any updates as to when this trip will take place?


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