We found very attractive epidote and unakite. Unakite was first discovered in Unakas mountains of North Carolina. Unakite is an altered granite composed of pink orthoclase feldspar, various shades of green epidote, and clear quartz. The Pebble Pups and the Earth Science Scholars were finding many specimens with a mottled appearance-which makes it a semiprecious gemstone. Unakite takes a very good polish.
|Blake R. proudly displays his fine Unakite specimen. Note the rich green|
colors. Photo by S. W. Veatch
Everyone on the trip made a good collection of nicely layered metamorphic rocks (gneiss) and black micaceous schist.
We had a great picnic in the center of South Park where we had a great 360 degree view. We saw an antelope and some wandering llamas.
At the conclusion of the field trip we all went to Dave Harvey's store in Hartsel for ice cream. Dave Harvey owns a large ranch with massive amounts of petrified wood and agates. He will take the pebble pups there next year on a special trip.