Morefield mine, or "Mm" QuickLinks
Photo credit: Karen Smith-Will, 2018
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This video is an inverview of Betsy Martin, taken in her workshop, on February 2, 2016. Please note, this link will take you to YouTube: https://youtu.be/U4kU6PrrNso
The photo, left, is of Betsy with a pile of amazonite, at Morefield mine.
On May 13, 2017, I had the exciting chance to tour the mine a second time. This video shows a portion of the wall that has been excavated at some previous point.
With a name like “Jewell Glass,” this girl had to be destined for geology with an interest in gems! I explored her background, cued by her fascinating name and the surprising realization that this was a woman, in a leadership geology role, in 1935.
This video features a section of Morefield mine's 45' level, an area where the previous owner Bill Baltzley removed the half ton of minerals that became the Morefield mine exhibit in the Janet Annenberg Hooker Hall of Geology, Gems and Minerals.
As one of the closest natural history and geological museums to Morefield mine (about 36 miles away), Lora Robins Gallery has a limited number of mineral samples from the mine. This museum is at the University of Richmond, my alma mater.
Mark Wylie, one of Morefield mine's miners (and a collector/ photographer), describes various elements in a single area of the mine, in this 📽️ video on YouTube, Myriad of Minerals.; you may want to open this in a separate tab.
The Morefield mine is part of the Morefield-Denaro area, in contrast with the Rutherford Mine about 4 miles away, which is in the Jefferson-Amelia area (Lemke, Jahns and Griffitts, p. 104-107). It is about 300 feet above sea level, sloping toward the Appomattox River (Glass 1935), or as it is listed with the US Geological Survey (Sapakoff 1995), about 295.276 feet (90 meters).
There are multiple reasons the find you brought home may not be on the official species list for Morefield mine.
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