A good day's collecting at the Blue Bell Pocket, June 8, 2009.





The Blue Bell Pocket 2008 to 2009

The Jewel Box pocket turned out to be fairly small, and was mostly finished by July 2008. Immediately past it, however, was the Blue Bell pocket. This pocket was quite similar to the Jewel Box, though somewhat larger in size. Specimens were collected from the Blue Bell pocket in July and August, 2008 and again in June 2009, and many high-quality specimens were recovered. By early August 2009 the Blue Bell pocket was largely finished, as well. At this time a final small pocket at the north end of the Jewel Box-Blue Bell pocket zone was found near the roof of the tunnel. This became known as the High Pocket because a ladder was needed to collect it. Though small, this cavity produced one of the top specimens yet found in the mine.


Byron collecting at the Blue Bell Pocket, June 2, 2009.


While this area of flats containing the Jewel Box/Blue Bell pocket zone produced some of the finest fluorite specimens yet found at the Rogerley, it turned out to be much smaller than the West Cross-Cut or the Black Sheep zones. The final excavations of both pockets measured no more than around 20x5 meters.


A 30 cm plate of twinned Fluorite crystals recovered from the "High Pocket" area of the Blue Bell, late July, 2009. This was one of the best specimens recovered by UKMV from the Rogerley.







Specimens from the Blue Bell Pocket



A 15 cm plate of twinned fluorite crystals on limestone matrix. Collected from the Blue Bell Pocket, June, 2009.


A plate of twinned fluorite crystals with galena on limestone matrix, 16 cm tall. Collected from the Blue Bell Pocket, June, 2009.


A well-formed fluorite twin, 2.5 cm on edge surrounded by smaller fluorites on ironstone matrix. Collected from the Blue Bell Pocket, June, 2009.







A sketch map of the underground workings at the central portion of the Rogerley workings showing locations of major pocket finds, 2007 through 2010.







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