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Blue Point Mine amethyst shed
Canada

Amethyst, the birthstone of February, is also the provincial stone of Ontario.  This view is inside the amethyst shed at the Blue Point Mine outside Pearl, Ontario, one of several mines in the immediate area that produces endless amounts of amethyst as you can see by the display crystals on the tables.  Larger boulders of amethyst are on outside display & even bigger vugs are still being worked in the mining pits themselves.  While amethyst is most often associated w/ the mines of the Minas Gerais, Brazil region, the amethyst-production zone here is not small, running about 130 kilometres following near the coast of Lake Superior.  Many of the crystals produced here are purple however the region is unique for also producing hematite-coated crystals, which give a brown surface color to them.

Copyright: William L
Type: Spherical
Resolution: 13200x6600
Taken: 21/08/2017
Uploaded: 21/08/2017
Updated: 06/01/2019
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Tags: blue point mine; amethyst; shed; thunder bay; ontario; pearl; quartz; crystals; gemstone
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