Nantahala Talc & Limestone Quarry
A Dixie Mineral Council Field Trip
Swain County, North Carolina
November 5, 2005
By Mike Streeter
Some photos by Jeff Deere and Jim Flora

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Anita Westlake found an interesting mineral on the first bench that I had not before seen at the quarry. She came over and opened her gloved hand to show off a perfect cube of what appeared to be a pseudomorph of goethite after pyrite. While we knew that pyrite could be found in the quarry, the goethite pseudomorph discovery clearly demonstrated Anita's good eye!

You'll see all sorts of carts and buggies employed by rockhounds, but the home-made ones are my favorite. One cart in particular sitting full and alone on the first bench caught my eye. If only this old cart could talk, I bet that it would have quite a few rockhounding tales to share.

The following pictures show a couple more specimens from the first bench, big and small, that I managed to load up and drag home. Thanks to Robert Hughes for the pyrite specimen.

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Chrissy was nice enough to show those who were interested the large vein of talc that we had located the previous Sunday. Before long, much of the group assembled near this spot to obtain some talc that was freely shared by all.

Hanging out at the talc spot

Linda and Frank Foster & John Iacullo
Georgia Mineral Society

Robert Hughes (left) and Greg Grieves
Georgia Mineral Society

John Iacullo
Georgia Mineral Society

Nicole (left) & Sherion Stewart
Georgia Mineral Society

Michael Stewart
Georgia Mineral Society

Nicole and Neko Grieves
Georgia Mineral Society

John & Linda Rees
Northeast Georgia Mineral Society

The following is a picture of the pile of talc that made it into our truck. Talc makes excellent give-away material, especially to kids who love to scratch it! I can hear them chanting now . . it's number one . . . it's number one . . .

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