Collector's Guide to the Black Tourmaline of Pierrepont, New York

Collector's Guide to the Black Tourmaline of Pierrepont, New York


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Since its discovery by a teenager in 1859, thousands of specimens of lustrous black tourmaline crystals from Pierrepont, New York, have found their way into both museum and private mineral collections worldwide. Pierrepont is a classic American mineral locality and a popular site for field collecting, and the discovery of new collecting sites there in the past decade has only enhanced its importance. Yet no detailed scientific research has been published until now. The six authors represent a team with comprehensive skills to tackle this study, which covers the locality's history, geology, and mineralogy. The origin of the mineralization, the true nature of the black tourmaline, and the extensive suite of accessory minerals are presented in detail. The authors also resolve identification questions about the tourmaline and its many accessory minerals.

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ISBN-13: 9780764351990
Publisher: Schiffer Publishing, Ltd.
Publication date: 11/28/2016
Pages: 128
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 10.90(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Dr. Steven C. Chamberlain has produced 380 scholarly articles, including five in Science or Nature. He has chaired the Rochester Mineralogical Symposium for 30 years and is coordinator of the Center for Mineralogy, New York State Museum.

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