Chrissy, I and other Catawba Valley Gem and Mineral Club members spent Saturday morning at the Martin Marietta Hickory Quarry in Lenoir. Since we have been to the quarry numerous times and have taken tons of pictures there, I opted to leave my camera at home. However, just to give you a flavor of the immense size of the quarry, check out the following picture taken in January 2006.
Martin Marietta Hickory Quarry
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The pickings at the quarry were slimmer overall than most days, but we did manage to find a batch of nice specimens of the usual suspects, including quartz, stilbite, laumontite, calcite and pyrite. I'll let the following specimen pictures tell the rest of the story.