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Specimens of the Crystal Peak Mining District

We have been mining the Pikes Peak granite pegmatites for nearly forty years. What follows is a brief description of the nature of pockets and types of minerals encountered based on our experiences. Pockets and Their Condition Most “pockets” are small and nearly always collapsed. We mine at a deeper depth than from what most specimens are recovered and occasionally get some intact pockets. Pockets most likely to be intact are the small gas pockets about the size of a grapefruit. Otherwise, in the last stages of crystallization, virtually all pockets rupture inwardly, damaging most of the crystals. After rupture, … Read more