Tourmaline



        While you're at the Cactus dumps you should keep an eye out for some Schorl. That's just a fancy way of saying black tourmaline. It coats some of the rocks and is in some of the cracks on the bigger rocks. It has a circular spray pattern to it, which make it easier to spot and it has a distinct crystal shape. Kind of a rounded triangle shape when viewed on end. Some of the mines near here have green tourmaline. It also is in the circular spray pattern. It may not be gem quality but it does make for some nice specimen pieces.

        To get to the dumps, head west on highway 21 out of Milford, UT. From the junction of HWY 257 & HWY 21 go about 20 miles to a road north to the old town site of Newhouse. When you get to the ghost town look east and you can see the piles of tailings. This is where you are headed. The coordinates for the dumps are N38˚ 29.050' & W113˚ 18.895'.
 

 

tourmaline, schorl

 

tourmaline, schorl

 

tourmaline, schorl

 

tourmaline, schorl

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