|Old mining workings in Elliot County|
the Kentucky Kimberlite Diamond Mining
Peridotite found in Eastern Kentucky
many years the remains of apparatus used in the mining operation set on the outcrop of strange and hopefully rich mother load of diamonds and rubies. The rock is a black, dense rock, composed mainly of olivine with fragments of garnets and an occasional ruby dispersed throughout the material. The workings are on private property, and since this post, I have discovered that this property belongs to the family of Matthew Sellers. Mr. Sellers was one of the first pioneers in aviation. In fact, he made the first powered flight in Kentucky in 1908. And actually, flew a glider before the Wright Brothers! Matthew Sellers' granddaughter, Barbara Sellers has written a wonderful book entitled "A Moment in Time" that should be read by every Kentuckian.
|Unidentified rock from the diggings above appears to be pyrite|
Out in western Kentucky deposits of fluorite have been mined for many years. These deposits are thought to be the result of igneous activities depositing the minerals in the sedimentary rocks that comprise much of the area. People have collected many beautiful flourite crystals from around the region over the years. The Ben E. Clements Mineral Museum in Marion, Kentucky is said to have the largest collection of fluorite crystals on display in the world.
|Fluorite Crystals found in Livingston County|