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CLAY COUNTY


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BUCK CREEK


Big Shaft Portal Near Buck Creek

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Buck Creek


Almandite garnet fragments


Corundum in matrix
and pieces



CORUNDUM KNOB


Hwy-64 near Glade Gap

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Scattered ultramafic rocks
on corundum knob




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Ruby in smaragdite
 

Ruby in
edenite-amphibolite

I made the following cabochons from material collected from this area. (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.



BEHR CORUNDUM MINE


Lake Chatuge at Behr Mine
(early March 2003)

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Lake Chatuge 2006


Corundum
(Behr specimens courtesy of Bill Booth)