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MAS-CELO KYANITE MINE


Adit in summer

Inside Looking Out

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Open Cut


Kyanite in quartz and mica matrix



RAY (WRAY) MINE


Ray Mine Dump Pile

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Ray Mine Creek

Ray Mine McRockhounds


Golden beryl and aquamarine crystals


Fluorite, amazonite
and quartz

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I made the following cabochons from material collected from this mine (cab pictures do not enlarge):

ATTENTION: On April 7, 2014, I was made aware that the forest service had amended its North Carolina rockhounding policies. The new policies are listed on the following web page:
http://www.fs.usda.gov/activity/nfsnc/recreation/rocks-minerals/?recid=48112&actid=59
As you can see, picks and shovels are now considered mechanical and no longer permissible to use. Although not specifically stated in the new policies, it is my understanding that no digging whatsoever is allowed at any North Carolina National Forest location, including the Ray Mine.

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