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A Diamond in the Rough - Herkimer Diamonds
A Diamond in the Rough - Herkimer Diamonds

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Challenge: Unexpected Find (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Nikon D50
Lens: Nikon AF Zoom-Nikkor 28-80mm f/3.5-5.6
Location: Middleville NY
Date: Jun 6, 2006
Aperture: F/4.5
ISO: 560
Shutter: 1/60 sec
Date Uploaded: Jun 6, 2006

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Dolomite limestone is the rock formation in which they are found. This rock was buried ages ago. Subsequently, surface water containing silicon seeped downward through the earth and was trapped in pockets or cavities in the dolomite rock. Under tremendous heat and pressure these crystals were formed. Weathering and erosion by glaciers and water have exposed the strata in Middleville, New York. the crystals are found mostly in rock cavities (formed approximately four hundred million years ago) but many are found in soil surrounding the weathered rocks.

They are world reknown as they are the only crystals to 'free-form' within a pocket, thus having a point at each end. (most gems need to be cut to acheive these points.)

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08/29/2007 06:02:26 PM
I was looking into that location recently so as to take my daughters on a mineral hunting expedition. Interesting to see your shot of the quartz double-terminated crystal "diamonds."
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/13/2006 08:03:59 AM
Good close up work.
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06/11/2006 03:24:33 PM
hMM Clever
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06/09/2006 07:57:23 AM
Sorry, the out of focus bit distracted me
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06/08/2006 03:36:08 PM
Is this for real!!!
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06/07/2006 08:21:26 PM
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