Rock & Gem September 2014 - page 52

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Rock & Gem
FIELD TRIP
D
IAMOND
H
ILL
QUARTZ
Winter Rockhounding in
South Carolina
Story by Wayne Peterson/Photos by Wayne and Brenda Peterson
ho goes mining in the middle of winter? A rockhound
with cabin fever, on the trail of a good dig. Many public-
access mines are closed for the winter, but the Diamond Hill Mine,
in South Carolina, is open all year. I’m on the trail that is taking me
to this Abbeville County collecting area, located near the town of
Antreville. My wife, Brenda, and I called in advance and made ar-
rangements to meet the mine owner, Gina Clary, there.
W
Closer examination of these iron oxide on skeletal (elestial) quartz crystals showmultidi-
mensional geometric facets.
C1...,42,43,44,45,46,47,48,49,50,51 53,54,55,56,57,58,59,60,61,62,...C4
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