Calcite with Quartz "casts" after Anhydrite (ex Brian Kosnar Collection)

Braen's Quarry (Sam Braen's Quarry), Haledon, Passaic County, New Jersey
Small Cabinet, 6.1 x 3.3 x 3.0 cm
Start Time: 06/24/2010 6:45:00 pm (CDT)
End Time: 07/01/2010 6:57:27 pm (CDT)
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Item Description

This quarry is one of the very few extensive exposures of the Preakness Basalt in New Jersey. Most people don't know how fine the numerous Zeolites and associated species from the various quarries in the Watchung Moutains actually are. The Braen's Quarry was for many years a seldom collected locality, but recently some daring individuals made their way into the quarry to collect some very attractive specimens. This piece features several sharp, well-formed, scalenohedral crystals of Calcite with a light yellow color (measuring up to 2.1 cm long) which are sitting on a distinct, classic, well-formed, blocky, hollow "cast" of Quartz after Anhydrite. A good sized and attractive display specimen.

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