Oklahoma Crystal Collecting
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PHOSPHORESCE equal to or BETTER than the
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Are you looking for information on rock, mineral or crystal collecting in Oklahoma? If so, you've come to the right place!
On this site you'll find information on the best rock, mineral and crystal collecting locations in Oklahoma by county, with special emphasis on quartz crystals from the Broken Bow area of McCurtain County in southeast Oklahoma, the selenite (gypsum) from the Great Salt Plains near Jet in Alfalfa County, and the rose rocks from the Norman area of Cleveland County in central Oklahoma.
(There is also information on the celestite "celestine" and calcite deposits of the Lampasas, Texas area.)
Much of the information contained herein is derived from articles written by the author of this website and published in The Mineralogical Record and Rocks and Minerals.
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The introductory information below plus the county-by-county index are derived from an article entitled, "Oklahoma Mineral Locality Index," published in the July-August 1997 issue of Rocks and Minerals.
Arthur Smith, Houston, Texas
Joe Lobell, Ardmore, Oklahoma
Robert Fay, Norman, Oklahoma
Oklahoma, a state with an area of almost 70,000 square miles, is not known as the source for many "world-class" mineral specimens, but it has produced fine to excellent specimens from numerous mineral localities. And, best of all, with a little effort by collectors, most localities will continue to produce. However, many collectors are unaware of the variety of minerals available from Oklahoma and think primarily of the prolific gypsum crystals that are easily collected from the Great Salt Plains, where they continue to form.
Most collectors also know of the reddish barite sand roses, the best of which occur near Noble and Norman, although they are also found at many other localities in several counties. In addition, the Tri-State zinc/lead mining area, active for more than one hundred years, extends into the northeast corner of Oklahoma and has produced notable specimens. Unfortunately, the ambiguities of labeling these specimens seldom identify the source as the Picher district, which is in the Oklahoma portion of the Tri-State. This district has probably produced as many specimens as the adjacent areas in Kansas and Missouri.
Since most of the state is underlain by sedimentary rocks and the exposure of igneous and metamorphic rocks is very limited, the number of mineral species found in Oklahoma is also somewhat limited, but the potential for the mineral collector to still find and collect good specimens is excellent. An example is the Arkansas Ouachita quartz crystal belt that extends into southeastern Oklahoma. Only relatively recently has this area been seriously exploited by recreational and commercial mineral collectors, and the quality and variety of the crystals and the associated minerals have been impressive.
Some of the localities listed in this index have been so lightly collected that they are included because of their potential to produce specimens. An example of this type of locality is the copper mineral outcrops in the Permian red beds. Joe Lobell's (1986) article describes one group of localities that was recently collected with success.
To date, there have been few articles published on the mineral localities and the mineralogy of Oklahoma. Gilmore (1963) is the only comprehensive publication on the mineralogy of the state, but it is frustratingly brief, repetitious, and inadequate in its coverage of many localities. Robert Fay at the Oklahoma Geological Survey has accumulated much information on Oklahoma mineral occurrences, but it has yet to be published. Fortunately, he has shared much of this information in this index. This Oklahoma index is just a beginning, and additional information is solicited by the authors.
Mineral locality indexes are not intended to be field trip guides, but this index lists specific localities using section, township, and range if the information was available to assure accuracy. Mineral species marked with an asterisk (*) are particularly noteworthy occurrences.
We would like to thank Al Kidwell and Pete Modreski who read this manuscript and made helpful suggestions and generously contributed their knowledge to it.
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