Pikes Peak Pebble Pups

Pikes Peak Pebble Pups

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Field Trip to North Table Mountain in Search of Zeolites

Today (May 5, 20120) the Colorado Springs Mineralogical Society's pebble pups and juniors and the pebble pups from the Flatirons club in Boulder, Colorado went on a field trip to North Table Mountain, a lava flow near the Colorado School of Mines.  After a very steep hike we entered a quarry area full of zeolite minerals. The zeolites are a group of minerals that combine rarity, beauty, and unique crystal habits. At the North Table Mountain site the zeolite group of minerals form in cavities (or vesicles) of volcanic rocks.  Everyone found tomsonite, analcime, and chabazite.

As the pebble pups examine and identify their finds, we will post them here.
Pebble pups and their mothers taking a break.
A pebble pup takes a break while checking out his zeolites.
Mary helped the pebble pups have a safe adventure.
View of quarry, two pebble pups can be seen for scale.
View of quarry.

Luke is a junior member of the CSMS and made many fantastic finds.

Steve and Zach checking an outcrop of lava.
Analcime crystal, a zeolite mineral. M. Anthony collection. Image S. Veatch

Second view of analcime. M. Anthony collection. Image S. Veatch

Chabazite crystals, a zeolite mineral. M. Anthony collection. Image S. Veatch

Zach is working with his new rock hammer.

 Zeolite information

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Through this blog pebble pups and junior members of the Colorado Springs Mineralogical Society can access their lessons, work on assignments and projects, and receive details about field trips in the Pikes Peak Region. This Internet program is also suitable for young people who are interested in Earth science but do not live near a rock club or gem and mineral society or for young people anywhere who want a deeper dive into these topics. The only requirement is that all participants must be members of the Colorado Springs Mineralogical Society and must fill out the CSMS membership form (under important websites) and send their registration and membership fee in. Steven Veatch is the senior instructor and will need an email from you with your name, address, phone number, and permission from your parents to participate in this program.