Betts Mine trip July 25, 2015
On Saturday July 25, 2015 we all met in in the parking lot of the Olde Creamery for a CVMC field trip to Betts Manganese Mine in Plainfield, MA. Unfortunately, the original trip leader had car problems that morning and couldn't make it until much later in the day. Since I was the only qualified member of the collecting committee present on this trip, I volunteered to fill that role. I had never been to this location before, nor was I familiar with any of the minerals found here, but fortunately, Earthdance Minerals Coordinator, Rick Cernak, brought in mineral samples to share with everyone so we would know what to look for. Some of the key specimens found at this site were rhodonite, rhodochrosite, magnetite, chalcopyrite and almandine and spessartine garnets.
We were given a tour of the property by Rick, as well as small pocket maps to orient us to the property and the 4 mineral collecting areas. A variety of nice specimens were found throughout the day but especially in the tailings along the eastern wall of the old Area A dump, a location that is oftentimes overlooked.
It was a beautiful, bright and sunny day for collecting, but since the collecting sites are in the woods, the mosquitoes were relentless at times. I would definitely go back, but I recommend long sleeved shirts and bug spray for the next field trip to this location!
Report by CVMC trip leader: Dynelle Longto
Photos by: Diane Burl