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                                                Binkley-Ober &
                 Prospect Aggregates
               Quarries

                          East Petersburg & Landisville, PA

June 16, 2007, Saturday: Prospect Aggregates Quarry, Landisville, PA.  This quarry mines the limestone and dolostones of the Cambrian age Buffalo Springs Formation.  Minerals that can be found at this quarry include: calcite, pink dolomite, quartz crystals, fluorite, pyrite, sphalerite and chalcopyrite.  Collection is by hammer and chisel almost exclusively.  Please sign up by Wednesday, June 13th if you would like to attend!  Note: This is about a 1.5-hour drive from Wilmington.

 

April 28, 2007, Saturday: Binkley-Ober Quarry, East Petersburg, PA and Prospect Aggregates Quarry, Landisville, PA.  These quarries mine the limestone and dolostones of the Cambrian age Buffalo Springs Formation.  Minerals that can be found at these quarries include: calcite, pink dolomite, quartz crystals, fluorite, pyrite, sphalerite and chalcopyrite.  Collection is by hammer and chisel almost exclusively.  Please sign up by Wednesday, April 25th if you would like to attend!  Note: This is about a 1.5-hour drive from Wilmington.

 

November 18, 2006, Saturday: Binkley-Ober Quarry, East Petersburg, PA and Prospect Aggregates Quarry, Landisville, PA.  The quarries mine the limestone and dolostones of the Cambrian age Buffalo Springs Formation.  Minerals that can be found at these quarries inclued: calcite, pink dolomite, quartz crystals, fluorite, pyrite, sphalerite, and chalcopyrite.   Collection is by hammer and chisel almost exclusively.  Please signup by Wednesday November 15th if you would like to attend!  Note: This is about a 1.5-hour drive from Wilmington.

 

Binkley-Ober Quarry, 11-18-2006

 

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Members scooping up dolomite crystals at Binkley-Ober

 

Layered Limestone boulder with core-sample hole
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Karissa found this Millerite in Pink Dolomite specimen

 

Geological layers at Binkley-Ober
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Yellow Barite and Pink Dolomite crystals, Karissa's find
 

Prospect Aggregates Quarry, 11-18-2006

 

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Climbing the geology

 

Ken found this dogtooth spar Calcite with Pink Dolomite crystals in an inaccessible vug

 

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John and Bob showing off their finds Tom got this 2" long quartz crystal

 

May 20, 2006, Saturday: Binkley-Ober Quarry, East Petersburg, PA  Members of DMS will meet at the Binkley-Ober Quarry outside of Lancaster, PA and collect there in the morning.  In the afternoon, the group will collect at the nearby Prospect Aggregates Quarry.   These quarries mine the limestone and dolostones of the Cambrian age Buffalo Springs Formation.  Minerals that can be found at these quarries include calcite, pink dolomite, quartz crystals, fluorite, pyrite, sphalerite, and chalcopyrite.   Collection is almost exclusively by hammer and chisel. Please sign up by Wednesday, May 17th if you would like to attend!  Note: This is about a 1.5-hour drive from Delaware.

 

November 19, 2005, Saturday: Binkley-Ober Quarry, East Petersburg, Lancaster Co. PA:  This quarry is mining limestone, dolostone, shale and sandstone of the Cambrian age Buffalo Springs Fm.  Minerals that have been found at this quarry include: golden calcite, pink dolomite, cubic and octahedral fluorite, pyrite, and chalcopyrite.

 

June 11, 2005, Saturday at 9:00AM sharp, we met at the entrance to the quarry.  A highlight of the fieldtrip was the finding of a freshly blasted area containing a large vein of purple fluorite. 

Some of the specimens recovered by Bob and Karissa were: fluorite/dolomite/calcite in limestone matrix, pink dolomite crystal clusters, and fine, cream colored calcite crystals, ranging up to ~3/4".

 

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Bob found this Fluorite/Dolomite/Calcite
in Limestone from our most recent fieldtrip.
This pink Dolomite crystal group also
came from the Binkley-Ober Quarry.


 

November 13, 2004, Saturday: Binkley-Ober Quarry, East Petersburg, PA: This was the first DMS trip into this quarry in a number of years.  This is also an active quarry, which is mining the limestone, dolostone, shale and sandstone of the Cambrian age Buffalo Springs Formation.   Minerals found at the quarry include:  golden calcite, pink dolomite, cubic and octahedral fluorite, pyrite and chaclopyrite.

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pink dolomite

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iron-stained calcite

New slideshows for 11-18-2006, coming soon:

Binkley-Ober Quarry Fieldtrip Slide Show, 11-18-2006, part 1 (IE)

Binkley-Ober Quarry Fieldtrip Slide Show, 11-18-2006, part 1 (N)

Binkley-Ober Quarry Fieldtrip Slide Show, 11-13-2004, part 1 (IE)

Binkley-Ober Quarry Fieldtrip Slide Show, 11-13-2004, part 1 (N)

Binkley-Ober Quarry Fieldtrip Slide Show, 11-13-2004, part 2 (IE)

Binkley-Ober Quarry Fieldtrip Slide Show, 11-13-2004, part 2 (N)

 

Out in the Field

Bob Asreen

Binkley-Ober Quarry, East Petersburg, PA - November 13, 2004

On November 13, 2004, 10 mineral collectors braved the cold windy conditions to visit the Binkley-Ober Quarry in East Petersburg.  Once again, this was the first DMS trip into this quarry in a number of years.  This is also an active quarry that mines the limestone, dolostone, shale and sandstone of the Cambrian age Buffalo Springs Fm. for road aggregate and cinder blocks

The group included 9 DMS members (Joe Meloney, Ken Casey, Tim Cretien, John Osoinach, Karissa Hendershot, Carl Muendel, Jeff Chalfant, Tom Pankratz and me) along with Jim Schoonmacker from the MGS.

The most notable find of the day was made by Joe Meloney, whose very nice specimen of pink dolomite is pictured on the DMS web site.

All of us came out of the quarry with numerous specimens containing calcite crystals, pink dolomite crystals, and purple fluorite and had a good time while collecting them! 

 

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This page last updated:  January 17, 2013 09:16:38 PM


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