Fluorescent Minerals Under Shortwave and Longwave Ultraviolet Light

Polman Minerals
Fine Fluorescent Mineral Specimens
and Ultraviolet Lamps

Mining and Mineral Collecting Over the Years

 

 

Bancroft, Ontario, Canada 1992

 

 

George in Bancroft

George at a roadcut

My first visit to Bancroft, the Mineral
Capital of Canada!

Pointing out some nice fluorescent minerals
 along a roadcut near Bancroft.

 

 

George and Dr. Carnein

George and Dr. Carnein

 

The trip was a success, as Dr. Carnein helps
me with all the heavy crates!

Dr. Bob Carnein and I attend a field trip near
Bancroft to collect fluorescent minerals. 
Dr. Carnein was a professor of mine at Waynesburg College, and is my good friend and geology mentor.

 

 

 

 

 

Hull Mine, Yuma County, Arizona 1993

 

 

George driving down Hull Mine

Corby Waste in the Hull Mine

Ready to drive my truck down the
main shaft to the 100-foot level.

My good friend Corby Waste collecting willemite, calcite and fluorite at the 100-foot level.

 

 

George in the Hull Mine

George in the Hull Mine

Climbing up to investigate a pocket which
contained a white fluorescing calcite.

Collecting willemite, calcite and
fluorite at the 100-foot level.

 

 

 

 

Purple Cow Ledge, Near Quartzsite, Arizona 1993

 

 

George and AJ Lombard at the Purple Cow Ledge

George and AJ Lombard at the Purple Cow Ledge

That’s me on the left with my good friend AJ Lombard, a fellow geologist. Here we’re mining zunyite using an electric jack hammer.

Me and AJ again. Hey AJ, where’s your hard
 hat and steel toed boots?

 

 

 

Ontario, Canada 1993

 

 

George in Canada

George at the Davis Quarry

My first stop on this collecting
 trip was a fluoborite locality. I’m
smiling, so I must have found some!

That’s me starting the long hike through
 the woods to the Davis Quarry. The Davis
Quarry is known for its fluorescent hackmanite.

 

 

Davis Quarry

Corby Waste at the Davis Quarry

At last, I made it to the Davis Quarry!

Here is my friend Corby Waste at the Davis Quarry. Corby accompanied me on this collecting trip and provided a much needed helping hand. 

 

 

 

 

“3-Color Mine”, Pima County, Arizona 1993

 

 

"3-Color" Mine entrance

George and Brad Bingham

This is the entrance to the “3-Color Mine”,
containing willemite, calcite and fluorite.

Me and my good friend Brad Bingham, a fellow geologist, helping to collect some great specimens.

George in the "3-Color" Mine

Dr. Pete Pinto in the "3-Color" Mine

Working hard to remove nice specimens!

My good friend Dr. Pete Pinto, helping
 me and Brad get the job done!

 

 

"3-Color" Mine

This is one of my favorite pictures.
 It shows a rare hail storm outside the
entrance of the “3-Color” Mine.

 

 

 

 

Rowley Mine, Maricopa County, Arizona 1993

 

 

George at the Rowley Mine

George at the Rowley Mine

Heading down a vertical shaft
to collect wulfenite. What am I crazy?

Working on a nice wulfenite pocket.

 

 

George at the Rowley Mine

George at the Rowley Mine

After a full day of collecting,
I’m heading up the main shaft.

Almost at the top!

 

 

Midnight Owl Mine, Yavapai County, Arizona 1995

 

 

Midnight Owl Mine

George at the Midnight Owl Mine

A view of the Midnight Owl Mine as I
am heading up the hillside to it.

The entrance to the Midnight Owl
Mine open cut.

 

 

George at the Midnight Owl Mine

Getting ready to light the fuse
and collect some eucryptite!

 

 

 

 

Copper Queen Mine, Bisbee, Arizona 2001

 

 

George and Debbie at the Copper Queen Mine

Debbie and I ready to take a tour of the world
 famous Copper Queen Mine in Bisbee. This
 is a really fun tour and I recommend it to everyone.

 

 

 

 

Red Cloud Mine, La Paz County, Arizona 1996-2002

 

 

AJ and Sharon Lombard at the Red Cloud Mine

George at the Red Cloud Mine

Our good friends AJ and Sharon Lombard in the
Red Cloud Mine open pit in 1996. The pit
eventually reached a total depth of 103 feet.

That’s me after another successful day of
 collecting at the Red Cloud Mine in 1996!

 

 

George at the Red Cloud Mine

Truck loaded up at the Red Cloud Mine

Taking a rest on a pile of mine tailings in 1998.

Loaded up and ready for the long drive
 back to Phoenix.

 

 

George at the Red Cloud Mine

Fluorite at the Red Cloud Mine

On my right, I had found a very nice zone of fluorescent fluorite within the mine wall in 2002.

After scratching the wall with the trackhoe,
all that is left is to load up the specimens!

 

 

 

 

Pure Potential Mine, La Paz County, Arizona 1999/2002

 

 

George at the Pure Potential Mine

The old headframe at the Pure Potential Mine in 1999.

 

 

George at the Pure Potential Mine

Debbie in the Pure Potential Mine

Exploring a drift at the bottom of the mine.

That’s Debbie, taking a rest after
a long day of mining!

 

 

Potter-Cramer Mine, Arizona 2002/2003/2004

 

 

George at the Potter-Cramer Mine

George at the Potter-Cramer Mine

Drilling a small area of mineralization at the
surface, right after I claimed the mine in 2002.

Here is a picture of the surface outcropping,
 right next to the 50-foot vertical shaft in 2003.

 

 

George at the Potter-Cramer Mine

Drift in the Potter-Cramer Mine

Next to the 50-foot vertical shaft in 2003.

This is the drift leading to the main open stope.

 

 

George in the Potter-Cramer Mine

George fixing the fence at the Potter-Cramer Mine

A long hot day of mining!

Never ending fence maintenance.

 

 

Potter-Cramer Mine

George and Debbie at the Potter-Cramer Mine

A great picture of the mine taken by my good friend Al Liebetrau in 2004. The “ants” you see are me,
 Debbie and Sue Liebetrau!

A nice picture of me and Debbie
taken by our good friend Sue Liebetrau in 2004.

 

 

 

 

Sweet Home Mine, Park County, Colorado 2004

 

 

George at the Sweet Home Mine

George in the Sweet Home Mine

The entrance to the world famous Sweet Home
Mine. I visited the mine just before it closed
on October 18, 2004.

In the mine, next to a vein of nice rhodochrosite.

 

 

 

 

Mendips Area, United Kingdom 2005

 

 

Halecombe Quarry

George at the Halecombe Quarry

A cold rainy morning at the Halecombe Quarry.

A nice chunk of Terlingua type calcite!

 

 

Colemans South Quarry

Colemans North Quarry

Here is a look at Colemans South Quarry. I collected some very unique fluorescent specimens here.

This is Colemans Main (north) Quarry.

 

 

Colemans North Quarry

George at the Colemans North Quarry

While in Colemans Main Quarry, I spotted a vein
 on the far wall of the quarry. I knew this
would be worth investigating!

After a long hike up the quarry wall, I found the vein to contain solid white calcite that fluoresced red.

 

 

Gavin Malcolm, Dr. Michael Doel and George Polman

My good friends Gavin Malcolm (left) and
Dr. Michael Doel (center), with me after a
great day fluorescent mineral collecting in the UK!

 

 

 

 

Reymert Mine, Pinal County, Arizona 2012

 

 

Reymert Mine

Reymert Mine

The Reymert Mine from the south end looking south. The Reymert is currently being mined for crushed rock (Pinal Schist)

The Reymert Mine from the north end looking north.

 

 

Fluorescent Boulder

George with Fluorescent Boulder

The first of only two fluorescent boulders found during the trip.

This is me next to the boulder for scale. Once this boulder was broken in half, it was a bit easier to break up from there.

 

 

Debbie at the Reymert Mine

Debbie at the Reymert Mine

Debbie with the boulder that she found. It was the second of only two found during the trip.

Here is Debbie again gathering up some of the smaller specimens produced by the breaking up of the first boulder.

 

 

George and Debbie at the Reymert Mine

 

Debbie and I in front of a piece of earth moving equipment. What a great day we had collecting!

 

 

 

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