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Whitewater

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is currently unknown, so please ask for permission
locally before doing any digging or collecting.

General Info

A ridge of gray shale along US 50 south of Whitewater contains geode nodules. The rusty nodules often contain calcite and can be quite large, although very fragile.

Minerals

Barite - Muntyan reports that brown septarian nodules occur in the gray shale here and sometimes contain clear barite crystals.

Calcite - Rusty-brown nodules occur in the gray shale here. These nodules contain clear, yellow, white or brown calcite crystals up to 2 inches. Crystals are often rhombohedral according to Voynick.

Geodes - Rusty-brown nodules occur in the gray shale here. These nodules contain clear, yellow, white or brown calcite crystals up to 2 inches. Crystals are often rhombohedral according to Voynick.


Field Trip Reports

Sorry, no trip reports for this location yet.

References

  • S. Voynick, 1995, Colorado Rockhounding (ISBN 0-87842-292-7)
  • W. Kappele, 1995, The Rockhounds Guide to Colorado (ISBN 1-56044-331-6)
  • J. R. Mitchell, 1997, Gem Trails of Colorado (ISBN 0-935182-91-8)
  • B. Muntyan, 1998, "Rocks & Minerals" (Vol. 73, July/August, pgs. 242-262)
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