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This page is an alphabetical photo gallery of minerals from the Richmond Soapstone Quarry, New Hampshire.   (A locality specific photo set from mindatnh.org)
17 species, 30 mineral photos, 6 EDS analyses.

For the photos below, the species chemistry is included with the first example of each mineral.
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ALMANDINE - Ca, Mn rich    Soapstone Quarry, Richmond, NH
0.5 mm Almandine garnet
Species:           ALMANDINE - Ca, Mn rich      Fe2+3Al2(SiO4)3
Locality:          Soapstone Quarry, Richmond, NH
Specimen Size: 0.5 mm Almandine garnet
Field Collected: Tom Mortimer - 2013
Catalog No.: 1871
Notes: Mn, Ca rich almandine indicated by qualitative EDS analysis . Note that although the Ca response in the EDS plot is higher than the Fe response, the EDS detector response in the Fe, Mn region is substantially lower than in the Ca region. Taking this into account provides the basis for the determination that this garnet falls on the almandine side of the garnet species rather than the grossular side.
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APATITE-(CaF)    Soapstone Quarry, Richmond, NH
Pale green apatite crystals to 1.3 cm in quartz matrix.
Species:           APATITE-(CaF)   Fluorapatite    Ca5(PO4)3F
Locality:          Soapstone Quarry, Richmond, NH
Specimen Size: Pale green apatite crystals to 1.3 cm in quartz matrix.
Field Collected: Tom Mortimer - 2013
Catalog No.: 1859
Notes: This apatite fluoresces pale yellow. Although Phillip Morrill's New Hampshire Mines and Mineral Localities booklet does list appatite for the Richmond Soapstone Quarry, I have not seen apatite from there previous to 2013. Not outstanding as a New Hampshire apatite specimen, but an interesting locality occurrence. I did not recognize the apatite until after I brought the specimen home, so perhaps more diligent collecting in this milky quartz rock-matrix would produce better examples.
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ANNITE    Pegmatite near soapstone quarry, Richmond, NH
3.4 cm hexagonal Biotite Mica group crystal
Species:           ANNITE   KFe2+3AlSi3O10(OH)2
Locality:          Pegmatite near soapstone quarry, Richmond, NH
Specimen Size: 3.4 cm hexagonal Biotite Mica group crystal
Field Collected: Tom Mortimer June, 1977
Catalog No.: 1408
Notes: Annite identification by EDS analysis
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ANNITE    Pegmatite near soapstone quarry, Richmond, NH
Remarkable 10 cm high Annite crystal, shown in two sections.
Species:           ANNITE  
Locality:          Pegmatite near soapstone quarry, Richmond, NH
Specimen Size: Remarkable 10 cm high Annite crystal, shown in two sections.
Field Collected: Tom Mortimer June, 1977
Catalog No.: NC
Notes: A very large, complete annite crystal.
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CHALCOPYRITE    Soapstone Quarry, Richmond, NH
10 cm specimen with thin crust of chalcopyrite on magnesiohornblende
Species:           CHALCOPYRITE   CuFeS2
Locality:          Soapstone Quarry, Richmond, NH
Specimen Size: 10 cm specimen with thin crust of chalcopyrite on magnesiohornblende.
Field Collected: Tom Mortimer
Catalog No.: 1290
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CLINOCHLORE    South of Soapstone Quarry, Richmond, NH
1.5 cm Clinochlore crystal group atop 2.5 cm specimen
Species:           CLINOCHLORE   (Mg,Al)6(Si,Al)4O10(OH)8
Locality:          South of Soapstone Quarry, Richmond, NH
Specimen Size: 1.5 cm Clinochlore crystal group atop 2.5 cm specimen
Field Collected: Tom Mortimer
Catalog No.: 883
Notes: Clinochlore confirmed by EDS analysis.
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CLINOCHLORE    Soapstone Quarry, Richmond, NH
1.5 cm clinochlore in 4 cm specimen
Species:           CLINOCHLORE  
Locality:          Soapstone Quarry, Richmond, NH
Specimen Size: 1.5 cm clinochlore in 4 cm specimen
Field Collected: Tom Mortimer - 2006
Catalog No.: 1885
Notes:
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CLINOCHLORE    Soapstone Quarry, Richmond, NH
1.3 cm specimen
Species:           CLINOCHLORE  
Locality:          Soapstone Quarry, Richmond, NH
Specimen Size: 1.3 cm specimen
Field Collected: Tom Mortimer - 2006
Catalog No.: TBC
Notes: For individual clinochlore crystals, these Richmond, NH ones stand up quite well, even on a world-wide stage.
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CORDIERITE    Soapstone Quarry, Richmond, NH
2.8 cm terminated, prismatic, cordierite crystal.


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CORDIERITE    Soapstone Quarry, Richmond, NH
Another view of specimen 264 above, shows double termination.
Species:           CORDIERITE   (Mg,Fe)2Al4Si5O18
Locality:          Soapstone Quarry, Richmond, NH
Specimen Size: 2.8 cm terminated, prismatic, cordierite crystal, two views.
Field Collected: Tom Mortimer
Catalog No.: 264
Notes: Cordierite from this soapstone quarry is one of New Hampshires "world class" specimens.
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CORDIERITE    Soapstone Quarry, Richmond, NH
3 cm specimen with hexagonal prismatic cordierite crystals in quartz.
Species:           CORDIERITE  
Locality:          Soapstone Quarry, Richmond, NH
Specimen Size: 3 cm specimen with hexagonal prismatic cordierite crystals in quartz.
Field Collected: Tom Mortimer
Catalog No.: 1017
Notes:
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CORDIERITE   Soapstone Quarry, Richmond, NH
2.5 cm specimen with nicely terminated, altered cordierite crystal in quartz matrix.

Species:           CORDIERITE  
Locality:          Soapstone Quarry, Richmond, NH
Specimen Size: 2.5 cm specimen with nicely terminated, altered cordierite crystal in quartz matrix.
Field Collected: Tom Mortimer
Catalog No.: 960
Notes:
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CORDIERITE    Soapstone Quarry, Richmond, NH
2.2 cm altered, terminated, cordierite crystal in quartz matrix.

Species:           CORDIERITE  
Locality:          Soapstone Quarry, Richmond, NH
Specimen Size: 2.2 cm altered, terminated, cordierite crystal in quartz matrix.
Field Collected: Tom Mortimer
Catalog No.: 881
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CORDIERITE    Soapstone Quarry, Richmond, NH
5 cm cordierite crystal on 14 cm specimen. Quartz matrix.

Species:           CORDIERITE  
Locality:          Soapstone Quarry, Richmond, NH
Specimen Size: 5 cm cordierite crystal on 14 cm specimen. Quartz matrix.
Field Collected: Tom Mortimer
Catalog No.:
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CORDIERITE altering to "pinite" mica    Soapstone Quarry, Richmond, NH
5 mm field of view. Bright reflective geometric patterns of pinite mica surrounding islands of un-altered cordierite.
Species:           CORDIERITE altering to "pinite" mica  
Locality:          Soapstone Quarry, Richmond, NH
Specimen Size: 5 mm field of view. Bright reflective geometric patterns of pinite mica surrounding islands of un-altered cordierite.
Field Collected: Tom Mortimer Sept. 2013
Catalog No.: TBC
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DRAVITE    Vacinity of Soapstone Quarry, Richmond, NH
5 cm crude complete crystal
Species:           DRAVITE   NaMg3Al6(BO3)3(Si6O18)(OH)4
Locality:          Vacinity of Soapstone Quarry, Richmond, NH
Specimen Size: 5 cm crude complete crystal
Field Collected: Tom Mortimer - June 1977
Catalog No.: 1550
Notes: Collected from a pegmatite dike with Mike Undercofler. I was never able to relocate this dike dispite several attempts. Dravite confirmed by EDS analysis . Note the analysis shows Mg > Fe therefore this is the magnesium dominant tourmaline, dravite.
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GEDRITE    Soapstone Quarry, Richmond, NH
3.7 cm specimen with dark-brown blades of gedrite in quartz
Species:           GEDRITE   Mg5Al2Si6Al2O22(OH)2
Locality:          Soapstone Quarry, Richmond, NH
Specimen Size: 3.7 cm specimen with dark-brown blades of gedrite in quartz
Field Collected: Tom Mortimer - 2013
Catalog No.: 1556
Notes: Gedrite confirmed by EDS analysis .
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ILMENITE    Soapstone Quarry area, Green Balloon Prospect, Richmond, NH
4 mm ilmenite crystal in quartz.
Species:           ILMENITE   Fe2+TiO3
Locality:          Soapstone Quarry area, Green Balloon Prospect, Richmond, NH
Specimen Size: 4 mm ilmenite crystal in quartz.
Field Collected: Tom Mortimer
Catalog No.: 1568
Notes: Ilmenite is rare at the Richmond Soapstone locality
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KYANITE   Vacinity of Soapstone Quarry, Richmond, NH
7 x 5 cm specimen of milky kyanite blades in quartz.

Species:           KYANITE   Al2SiO5
Locality:          Vacinity of Soapstone Quarry, Richmond, NH
Specimen Size: 7 x 5 cm specimen of milky kyanite blades in quartz.
Field Collected: Tom Mortimer
Catalog No.: 1549
Notes: Kyanite confirmed by EDS analysis.
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MAGNESIOHORNBLENDE   Soapstone Quarry, Richmond, NH
cm specimen of solid massive magnesiohornblende.

Species:           MAGNESIOHORNBLENDE    Ca2[Mg4(Al,Fe3)](Si7Al)O22(OH)2
Locality:          Soapstone Quarry, Richmond, NH
Specimen Size: 4 cm specimen of solid massive magnesiohornblende.
Field Collected: Tom Mortimer
Catalog No.: 1758
Notes: This material is the "soapstone" that was quarried at the Richmond locale.,br. Magnesiohornblende confirmed by EDS analysis.
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MAGNETITE    Soapstone Quarry, Richmond, NH
4 cm specimen with magnetite zones to 1.2 cm in quartz-feldspar matrix.
Species:           MAGNETITE   Fe2+Fe3+2O4
Locality:          Soapstone Quarry, Richmond, NH
Specimen Size: 4 cm specimen with magnetite zones to 1.2 cm in quartz-feldspar matrix.
Field Collected: Tom Mortimer - 2006
Catalog No.: 1871
Notes: Magnetite identification by strong magnetic attraction. Magnetite has not appeared on previous Richmond Soapstone Quarry species lists.
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PHLOGOPITE    Soapstone Quarry, Richmond, NH
1.8 cm field of view. Dark-brown phlogopite mica with blue gem iolite on left.


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PHLOGOPITE    Soapstone Quarry, Richmond, NH
1 cm zoom view
Species:           PHLOGOPITE   KMg3AlSi3O10(OH)2
Locality:          Soapstone Quarry, Richmond, NH
Specimen Size: 1.8 cm field of view. Dark-brown phlogopite mica with blue gem iolite on left.
Field Collected: Tom Mortimer - 2006
Catalog No.: 1870
Notes: Zoom view shows characteristic brown tint of phlogopite mica.
Phlogopite confirmed by EDS analysis.
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PYRITE    Soapstone Quarry, Richmond, NH
Pair of inter-grown 1 mm pyrite crystals on calcite.
Species:           PYRITE   FeS2
Locality:          Soapstone Quarry, Richmond, NH
Specimen Size: Pair of inter-grown 1 mm pyrite crystals on calcite.
Field Collected: Tom Mortimer
Catalog No.: 1290
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RUTILE    South of Soapstone Quarry, (Green Balloon Prospect), Richmond, NH
2 cm specimen. 1 cm stubby prismatic Rutile crystal.
Species:           RUTILE   TiO2
Locality:          South of Soapstone Quarry, (Green Balloon Prospect), Richmond, NH
Specimen Size: 2 cm specimen. 1 cm stubby prismatic Rutile crystal.
Field Collected: Tom Mortimer
Catalog No.: 778
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RUTILE    Soapstone Quarry, Richmond, NH
6 mm rutile "button" crystal with secondary crystal growth on pyramid termation faces.
Species:           RUTILE  
Locality:          Soapstone Quarry, Richmond, NH
Specimen Size: 6 mm rutile "button" crystal with secondary crystal growth on pyramid termation faces.
Field Collected: Tom Mortimer - 2006
Catalog No.: u1393
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RUTILE   South of Soapstone Quarry, (Green Balloon Prospect), Richmond, NH
6 cm specimen. Pair of stubby prismatic rutile crystals in iron stained feldspar matrix. Largest crystal 1.8 cm.

Species:           RUTILE  
Locality:          South of Soapstone Quarry, (Green Balloon Prospect), Richmond, NH
Specimen Size: 6 cm specimen. Pair of stubby prismatic rutile crystals in iron stained feldspar matrix. Largest crystal 1.8 cm.
Field Collected: Kevin Mortimer
Catalog No.:
Notes: The ledge outcrop from which this specimen was collected is known as the "green balloon prospect" from the green baloon recovered from a nearby tree.
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RUTILE   South of Soapstone Quarry, (Green Balloon Prospect), Richmond, NH
4 mm pyramid termination rutile crystal in feldspar matrix.

Species:           RUTILE  
Locality:          South of Soapstone Quarry, (Green Balloon Prospect), Richmond, NH
Specimen Size: 4 mm pyramid termination rutile crystal in feldspar matrix.
Field Collected: Tom Mortimer
Catalog No.: u273
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TALC with Magnesiohornblende    Soapstone Quarry, Richmond, NH
3.4 cm specimen with pale-green and white zones of talc in green-black magnesiohornblende matrix.
Species:           TALC with Magnesiohornblende   Mg3Si4O10(OH)2
Locality:          Soapstone Quarry, Richmond, NH
Specimen Size: 3.4 cm specimen with pale-green and white zones of talc in green-black magnesiohornblende matrix.
Field Collected: Tom Mortimer - 2013
Catalog No.: 1872
Notes: Phillip Morrill's New Hampshire Mines and Mineral Localities booklet includes talc in the species list for this Richmond quarry.
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TITANITE    Richmond Soapstone Quarry, Richmond, NH
0.8 mm titanite crystal

Species:           TITANITE   CaTiOSiO4
Locality:          Richmond Soapstone Quarry, Richmond, NH
Specimen Size: 0.8 mm titanite crystal
Field Collected: Tom Mortimer, 1993
Catalog No.: U205
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UNKNOWN    Soapstone Quarry, Richmond, NH
Full specimen: 12 mm. 10 mm tan, Roman sword blade crystal embedded in calcite


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UNKNOWN    Soapstone Quarry, Richmond, NH
10 mm field of view


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UNKNOWN    Soapstone Quarry, Richmond, NH
3 mm field of view showing Roman sword type termination.
Species:           UNKNOWN titanium mineral  
Locality:          Soapstone Quarry, Richmond, NH
Specimen Size: Full specimen: 12 mm. 10 mm tan, Roman sword blade crystal embedded in calcite
Field Collected: Tom Mortimer - 1980's
Catalog No.: u1979
Notes: A polished grain EDS analysis, (two probings) show a O, Ti, Al, Si, Mg, Ca, Fe, with strong dominance of Ti. I can't find anything with this chemistry that has Ti as essential.
The dark mineral is clinochlore. Small, sharp, pyrite crystals are also embedded in the calcite, (one is visible in the lower left). A second small sample from this find has multiple broken blades in calcite, a couple of these blades have what is likely some embedded rutile.
The soapstone at this quarry has been analyzed to be magnesiohornblende.