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Collector’s Guide to the Balmat Mining District: St. Lawrence County, New York

Collector’s Guide to the Balmat Mining District: St. Lawrence County, New York

Steve Chamberlain , Marian V. Lupulescu, David G. Bailey, William F. deLorraine & George W. Robinson

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The Balmat Mining District in southern St. Lawrence County, New York, is a former mining site known among collectors for its highly prized minerals. For more than 100 years, it was one of the world’s most important sources of talc and zinc. Because most of the zinc ore was crushed underground and brought to the surface for separation, only mineral specimens brought out by miners and geologists have survived. Outstanding specimens from both the talc and zinc mines, preserved in only a few collections, are featured in this book—many for the first time. Some of the fine specimens included are hexagonite, manganocummingtonite, groutite, calcite, sphalerite, and magnetite. With more than 200 photographs, this book is the first comprehensive description of the history, geology, and mineralogy of this important mining district.

Size: 8 1/2″ x 11″ | 249 color and b/w images | 128 pp
ISBN13: 9780764354663 | Binding: hard cover

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Dr. Steven C. Chamberlain has contributed to almost 400 publications, including Science andNature, and has chaired the Rochester Mineralogical Symposium for more than 30 years. Dr. Marian V. Lupulescu is the Curator of Geology at the New York State Museum, and held a Senior Fulbright Scholarship at the California Institute of Technology. Dr. David G. Bailey is Professor of Geology at Hamilton College and a Research Associate of the New York State Museum. William F. deLorraine was the principal geologist of the zinc mines in the district for 42 years and president of the St. Lawrence County Mineral Club for many years. Dr. George W. Robinson is a retired curator who has authored more than 120 publications, including descriptions of 10 new minerals. He is a Carnegie Mineralogical Award recipient. The rare species georgerobinsonite was named in his honor.