Sept. 26, 2015 Palermo Mines, N. Groton, NH

Last spring three UMass professors asked if we could arrange a field trip to the Palermo mines in North Groton, NH. The Palermo is currently being mined for specimens and arrangements for a field trip must be made will in advance.

Palermo mines are world famous for producing many phosphate specimens, some of which are unique to this mine. There are over 150 species found there. Our club has had trips to Palermo in the past and plan to have more.

The weather forecast couldn't have been better for our trip! Temperatures in the 70's, partly cloudy skies and a gentle breeze. The trip to the mine takes about 3 hours. The attendance consisted of about 19 students and Mike Williams and Sheila Seaman, both geology professors at UMass and 8 members of the CVMC, who volunteered to help the students any way we could, both collecting and identifying specimens.

The Palermo mining crew were fantastic, explaining the history, geology and mineralogy of the mine site. To say that the professors and students were happy with the trip would be a gross understatement. They couldn't thank us and the owners enough. Nice specimens were collected and a great deal of knowledge about the location acquired.

We hope to do more with UMass students and faculty in the future. It was a great experience for all involved.

Fred and Helen

 

Footnote:

Our thanks to our members who volunteered to attend and help students on this trip:

Bob and Jackie Colby

Andy Brodeur and Darlene Vickery

Peter Ames

Wayne Corwin

Fred Wilda and Helen Rodak

Photos by: Andy Brodeur