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                                                                            Libertyville Mines

                           Sykesville, MD

October 21, 2007, Sunday: Liberty Lake, Carroll Co., MD. This is a family friendly field trip for DMS and EFTA members to collect the spoil piles at Liberty Lake outside of Sykesville, MD from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Note: It is approximately a mile hike form the parking area to the spoil piles. The Sykesville copper district occurs within a narrow band of metamorphosed Precambrian sedimentary rocks (schists and marbles) in Carroll County, Maryland with the ore likely representative of an ancient hydrothermal deposit. The mines in this district were operational in the 18th and 19th centuries. Minerals that have been found at the old tailings piles associated with these mines include talc, actinolite, bornite, chalcopyrite, pyrite and malachite. Please signup by Friday October 19th if you would like to attend!


April 9, 2006, Saturday: Liberty Lake, Sykesville, MD.
 Members of DMS will be visited the spoil piles at Liberty Lake outside of Sykesville, MD from 9:30 AM to 1:00 PM.  The Sykesville copper district occurs within a narrow band of metamorphosed Precambrian sedimentary rocks (schists and marbles) in Carroll County, Maryland with the ore likely representative of an ancient hydrothermal deposit.  The mines in this district were operational in the 18th and 19th centuries.  Minerals that have been found at the old tailings piles associated with these mines include talc, actinolite, bornite, chalcopyrite, pyrite and malachite.  Please signup by April 5th if you would like to attend!

OUT IN THE FIELD

On April 9th 6 DMS members made the trip to Liberty Lake just north of Sykesville, Maryland to pick through the tailings piles of the Liberty Lake Mine, which was once part of the Sykesville copper district.  The mines in this district were operational in the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries.

The group included: Ed Murphy, Karissa D. Hendershot, and yours truly, along with new members Bill Hatzell, and Tom and Joy Piscitelli.  The morning started off a little on the cool and breezy side but turned out to be quite a spectacular spring day by afternoon.  We all combed the tailings piles for several hours and each carried out hand-sized to cabinet-sized mineral specimens, which included talc, actinolite, chalcopyrite, pyrite, and magnetite.

 

December 11, 2004, Saturday: Libertyville Mines, Sykesville, MD.  The Sykesville copper district occurs within a narrow band of metamorphosed Precambrian sedimentary rocks (schists and marbles) in Carroll County, Maryland with the ore likely representative of an ancient hydrothermal deposit.  The mines in this district were operational in the 18th and 19th centuries.   Minerals that have been found at the old tailings piles associated with these mines include talc, actinolite, bornite, chalcopyrite, pyrite and malachite.   [Bob Asreen]

 

Libertyville Mine

Sykesville, MD -December 11, 2004

 

On December 11, 6 DMS members braved the inclement weather and made the trip to Liberty Lake just north of Sykesville, Maryland to pick through the tailings piles of the Libertyville Mine, whichwas once part of the Sykesville copper district. The mines in this district were operational in the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries.

The group included Ken Casey, Tim Cretien, Reuben Evans, Karissa D. Hendershot, John Osoinach and yours truly. We combed the old tailings piles associated with the mine for several hours and each carried out hand sized to cabinet sized mineral specimens, which included talc, actinolite, bornite, chalcopyrite, pyrite and malachite. [Bob Asreen]

 

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Orientation

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Brochantite,
A Copper mineral

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Karissa, Reuben

 

Above, center:
Bronchantite is the greenish, copper mineral.
The brown smudges are weathered iron oxide.                                          
The white patches are serpentine/talc.
(Identification thanks to Keith Robertson, Geologist and past DMS President.)

 

Libertyville F.T. Slide Show, 12-11-2004 (IE)                                  

Libertyville F.T. Slide Show, 12-11-2004 (N)                                      

 

Resources

Geologic Time Scale (USGS)

A Brief Description of the Geology of Maryland

Rocks of the Appalachian Piedmont (.pdf)

Mineral Resources of the Appalachian Piedmont (.pdf)

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This page last updated:  January 17, 2013 09:16:40 PM


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